Today's News

  • Wellness program takes a break

        The program has a seriously long name — A Path to Healing and a Bridge to Wellness—but it works to make life better for people going through a seriously bad time.

        It serves cancer patients, who are receiving treatment, by providing activities that help promote wellness, reduce pain and relive stress. The Bedford Area YMCA and the Bedford Community Health Foundation sponsor it and Bedford Memorial Hospital and Bedford Community Health services promote it.

  • Bedford Chamber achieves 4 Star Accreditation

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce has achieved 4 Star Accreditation with the United States Chamber of Commerce. According to Susan Martin, the Chamber’s president, this puts the Bedford Area Chamber in the top 4 percent of chambers nationwide.

  • Construction class gives students real-world experience

        Danny Thomas teaches building construction at the Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC). His students are building for their future.

        Thomas is a Bedford County native who graduated from Staunton River High School (SRHS) in 1997 and grew up with construction.        “My dad built houses,” he said. “As I was growing up, I always helped him.”

  • Grand jury indicts two from shootout

        Two men have been indicted for their involvement with a shooting in Huddleston Aug. 11.

        A Bedford County Circuit Court grand jury indicted 30-year-old Michael Thomas Loboschefski of Huddleston on malicious wounding and firearms charges and Joshua Hughes, 27,  of Amherst County on involuntary manslaughter and firearms charges.

  • LHS students help decorate Centertown for Christmas

        A group of Liberty High School students wanted to give back to the Bedford community.

        That prompted a brain-storming session on what they could do. The result—a festively-decorated Centertown Park.
        About 35 students from the LHS agricultural and art classes have been working since Thanksgiving on the decorations and last Wednesday they showed up to put them up, just in time for Saturday’s Christmas parade.

  • Planners oppose shooting range

        The Bedford County Planning Commission unanimously gave a thumbs down to a request by Timothy Hooper to operate a shooting range on his farm in the New London area.

        Hooper had requested that a portion of his farm, previously zoned R-2 (medium density residential), be rezoned to AP (agricultural preserve) to allow him to operate a shooting range on the property. A shooting range is a permitted use in an AP zone with a special use permit. At the same time, he sought a special use permit to operate the range.

  • Officials: Distracted driving leads to school bus incidents

        School bus drivers in Bedford County report at least 20 violations a year on vehicles that illegally pass them while students are being transported to and from school.

        But that represents only a small fraction of the violations the 186 county school bus drivers will observe. That number, according to the school system, will likely hit well over 3,000 this school year.
        And the students’ safety is at stake.

  • Parade offers more than floats, bands

    Richard Champaign had a surprise for his girlfriend, Ruth Hampton, during Saturday’s Christmas parade in Bedford.

        As the Chamblissburg Rescue Squad entry rounded the corner of Washington and Center streets, he jumped out of the vehicle and ran towards her.
        Then he got on his knee and proposed.
        She said, “Yes!”
        Those around clapped in approval.

  • Sports commentary: Holly jolly Christmas

      The NBA is back!

  • Boys basketball preview: Jefferson Forest

      As Jefferson Forest gets this year's hoop season started, we're reminded of that old Dickens opening, with a twist: