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Today's News

  • Ray Nance’s book published

        Elisha Ray Nance, known to local folks as Ray Nance, set out 30 years ago to write an account of what he and other men of Company A experienced on June 6, 1944.

  • Roberts is America’s oldest active deer hunter

        “The Lord made a big difference in my life,” said Clyde Roberts.

  • Festival of Trees is back and it’s all for a good cause

        The Bedford Welcome Center’s annual Festival of Trees kicked off Tuesday.

        According to Yolanda Adams, a volunteer at the Welcome Center, the event has been running for 10 years. They started out with only three trees. Now they have 28 and Adams said that is the maximum number the Welcome Center can accommodate.

  • Christmas parade to help usher in the season

        In the past, Bedford Main Street ran the Christmas parade. Main Street is no more, but the Lynchburg Retail Merchants Association, which now calls itself the Central Virginia Business Coalition has stepped up to take it over.

        The parade starts at 11 a.m. on Dec. 1 and follows the same route as it has in the past. Its theme is “Ringing in the Holidays.”
        Jonathan Hayden is the grand marshal for the parade.

  • D-Day Memorial celebrates veterans

        The National D-Day Memorial held its annual celebration of veterans, Monday. It was a cold, wet nasty day, but the event still drew more than 600 people.

  • Robertson: Hope Tree ignoring requests for meeting on camp

        According to Dr. William Robertson, Hope Tree, the ministry that currently owns Camp Virginia Jaycee located in Bedford County, is ignoring him.

        “The leadership of Hope Tree is not letting me meet with the full board,” Dr. Robertson said in a press conference, Thursday morning.
        “I have twice asked to meet with the full board and I have been twice denied,” he said.

  • County rebrands its outreach focus

        Bedford County’s department of tourism is in the final stages of a rebranding effort. According to Nicole Johnson, the county’s new brand is “Destination Bedford.”

  • Keen to serve 15 years

        Wesley Keen and his wife, Sherry Keen, kept a 14-year-old girl padlocked in her room and tortured her.

        A pre-sentence report on Wesley Keen showed guidelines of probation up to six months in jail. He had previously pleaded guilty to four felony charges in this case.
        For Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike, that wasn’t near enough.

  • FMS design work begins

        Ken Thacker, of VMDO Architects gave the school board an update on the Forest Middle School (FMS) expansion project. VMDO is the firm designing the project.
        The design will accommodate 1,200 students and separate school bus and car traffic. He said it will be ready for the 2020-2021 school year.
        Thacker expects all design work to be done at the end of March. There will then be a four week period for the firm to solicit bids from construction companies.

  • Hayden heading up local tree lighting

        Bedford’s Christmas parade and Christmas tree lighting used to be handled by Bedford Main Street. Now that that organization no longer exists, others have stepped up.

        Jonathan Hayden, a local DJ who owns a business called “DJ Showtime” has stepped up to oversee the tree lighting. He will also serve as grand marshal of the parade.