Local News

  • Museum opens Masonic display

        This year marks the 200th anniversary of Liberty Lodge—Bedford’s Masonic lodge—and the Bedford Museum has opened a display to commemorate it.

        The building that houses the Museum was formerly the Masonic Lodge’s building. It was built in 1895 and served Liberty Lodge until 1978 when the Lodge moved to its current location on Longwood Avenue. The Lodge’s meeting room was on the third floor and the first and second floors provided space for a number of professional offices.

  • Bedford Moose Lodge hosts children

        Bedford’s Moose Lodge hosted some children from Moose Heart who are visiting Virginia. The local Moose fed them dinner.

        According to Kevin Dellis, the local Lodge’s governor, Moose Heart is a children’s home that the Moose operate near Chicago. Bedford’s Moose Lodge joins with other lodges in the Commonwealth to support the Virginia House.

  • Forest Fire Department seeks to finish new firehouse

        Bedford County’s volunteer firefighters have an expensive unpaid job and the Forest Volunteer Fire Department provides a good example.

  • Lovingston man arrested in abduction case of Alexis Murphy

    Commonwealth Attorney (CA) of Nelson County, Anthony Martin; Sheriff David Brooks, Nelson County, Virginia Sheriff's Office; Colonel Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police; and Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Jeffrey Mazanec, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced Monday that Randy Allen Taylor was arrested Sunday and charged with abduction in the disappearance of Alexis Tiara Murphy.

    Taylor, 48, of Lovingston, was taken into custody Sunday without incident and remains in custody without bond, stated Martin.

  • BCSO seeks help in locating suspect accused of assaults

         The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying and locating Sanjay Patel (also known as Sunny). Patel stands accused of allegedly assaulting three females, while being employed at a local convenience store in Bedford County. At this time, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Homeland Security are unable to obtain necessary identifying information to obtain warrants. Patel lives in the Roanoke area.

  • Agriculture secretary visits Bedford

    “We are having a lot of changes in our industry,” said Delegate Scott Garrett, before introducing Todd Haymore, Virginia’s secretary of agriculture and forestry, at a breakfast in Bedford last week.

        Agriculture and forestry is the industry Garrett was talking about. He said it’s the largest industry in Virginia — an $80 billion-a-year industry that accounts for 10 percent of all jobs in the Commonwealth.

  • Forest Fire Department receives Fireman’s Fund grant

    any, enabled the Forest Volunteer Fire Department to buy some new pieces of equipment.

  • Alliance celebrates Bastille Day

        As always, the Bedford International Alliance held its annual Bastille Day picnic on the Saturday evening closest to the French holiday. Bastille Day, celebrated on July 14, marks the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789 when Parisians stormed the Bastille, a medieval fortress in Paris.

  • Tall order

        Jimmy and Stella Brown have created quite a stir the past several weeks for those traveling south on Va. 122 towards the Lake.

        At the entrance to their home on Brown Court, two 14-foot high century plants have been blooming, drawing attention from those passing by. Hundreds have stopped to look; many have taken pictures.
        And the Browns enjoy it all.
        “We see a lot of people just pull up and take a picture,” Stella said.

  • Helping is still her passion

        Alzheimer’s slowly robs its victim of cognitive abilities but, in the case of Doris Juanita Burnette, her passion for helping others remains intact.

        Burnette began collecting aluminum soft drink can tabs for Ronald McDonald House in 1986 and, remains involved with it in spite of her illness.