Local News

  • Former Foundation board member concerned by Stalin bust

    More than three weeks ago former D-Day Memorial Foundation board member Peter Viemeister wrote current board members to encourage them to remove the controversial bust of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin from the Memorial grounds.

         Viemeister, a local historian and author, said     last  week  that  he had not received any response from the board, but felt he needed to take a public stand on the issue.

  • Reed brings love of history to new post

        Robin Reed has loved history since he was a boy traveling around the East Coast with his family visiting every historical site they could find. The fact that his chosen profession deals with telling the stories of history comes as no surprise.

        “To make it a profession is one of the great joys of my life,” states Reed, the newly selected president of the National D-Day Foundation. “I’m an avid living history historian.”

  • Bedford Christmas Station to hold raffle

        Like many organizations that help people going through tough times, the Bedford Christmas Station is facing the double challenge of a drop in donations and an increase in need.

  • BDVS recognizes advocates for victims

    Fifteen area law enforcement personnel were honored during the seventh annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Awards ceremony held last Wednesday. The goal of the event is to recognize those who have promoted safety for domestic violence victims and their children along with holding the batterers accountable for their actions.

  • CVAAA to hold open houses as part of anniversary celebration

    Central Virginia Area Agency on Aging (CVAAA) is celebrating 35 years of helping elderly people stay home longer.

  • Rubatex closes its doors again

    Rubatex has, for the second time in 10 years, ceased operating.

        The company was once a major fixture of Bedford’s industrial landscape, employing 1,200 people. It was just a shadow of its former self when it closed its doors for a short period in 2004. It reopened after being purchased by SEDO Chemical, a German manufacturer, later that year. The company was later purchased by Dominik Menakker, a German national. He became sole owner of Rubatex on January 1, 2008. At its most recent peak it employed about 60 people.

  • Fireworks, events abound for Fourth of July celebration

    There will be plenty to do this Fourth of July weekend in the Bedford area.

        From Smith Mountain Lake to the Peaks of Otter, Poplar Forest to Centertown Bedford numerous events are planned to help area residents celebrate this nation’s independence.

        Fireworks are scheduled for both the Lake (on July 3) and in Bedford (July 4). The local events include:

    Libertyfest: Independence Day celebration to be held in Centertown July 4

  • County supervisors oppose Stalin bust

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously, Monday night, on a resolution asking the National D-Day Memorial Foundation to remove the bust of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin from the D-Day Memorial. The bust was placed at the Memorial on June 1.

        Several people spoke in support of the resolution, introduced by District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard.

  • Goode fire damages home

    Units from five fire departments spent three hours, late Sunday afternoon, fighting a fire that caused extensive damage to a house on 1170 Heightview Dr., off U. S. 460 seven miles east of Bedford. Units from Bedford and Forest responded to fight the blaze while Moneta and Big Island brought in tankers. Campbell County also contributed units, as well as sending a unit to stand by in Forest. Moneta sent a unit to stand by in Bedford.

  • Bedford has a TEA Party

    A group of local people are organizing a Bedford TEA Party.

        “We’re just local people who feel the need to do something,” commented Ann Briscoe, one of the organizers.

        Briscoe said that the idea came about during the Republican mass meeting in April, which chose Nate Boyer to be chairman of the Bedford unit. She said that, as people talked, somebody mentioned that there should be a Bedford TEA Party. Briscoe thought it was a good idea and, after talking to more people, Travis Witt offered to help get it started.