Local News

  • Fire destroys home

        A fire at 1111 Grindstone Dr. in Bedford on Monday has displaced one resident, who is being helped by the American Red Cross.

        Firefighters received the call at 5 p.m. Monday, after a neighbor saw flames coming from the home. The homeowner was not at the residence when the fire occurred. Crews arrived to find the two-story wood frame private dwelling with heavy fire showing. Fire departments from Bedford, Big Island and Forest responded and the fire was under control in less than an hour.

  • Prom Princess!

        According to Julie Austin-Witcher, Mrs. Virginia for 2013 and National Mrs. East Coast, the annual prom is the highlight of many teens’ high school year. It’s also costly as prom dresses can be quite expensive. That’s why Austin-Witcher came up with the Prom Princess Project.

        The event has a two-fold purpose. The main part is as a fundraiser, to buy prom dresses for girls who will be unable to afford them.

  • LU to modify Ivy Lake dam

        A gift given to Liberty University in 2008 is going to cost the university $1million dollars, and the school, in turn, wants to give it away. The university received Ivy Lake as a gift from the developer who built the subdivision around it.

  • Bedford business sues water authority

        A Bedford business is suing the Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) over its plan to build a major new water system, intended to bring treated water, drawn from Smith Mountain Lake, to Bedford and on to Forest.
        The lawsuit was filed last week in Bedford County Circuit Court by attorneys representing Bedford Weaving, a business located in the town of Bedford.

  • Calls come in bunches for BFD

        Bedford’s fire department answered three calls in quick succession the day after Christmas. All three were unrelated and within a couple hundred yards of each other.
        According to Bedford Fire Chief Brad Creasy, it started when they got a call about a man who was pinned between a vehicle and a dumpster. The truck that responded to that call came upon a wreck, a matter of yards away, that had happened just seconds before the truck got there.

  • Bedford Liberty Lodge celebrates its bicentennial

        Masonic Lodge dignitaries from all over the state, including Virginia Grand Master Wayne Sawyer, gathered in Bedford to celebrate Liberty Lodge’s bicentennial. The lodge takes its name from Bedford’s original name, Liberty, because that was the town’s name when the lodge was chartered in 1813. Liberty didn’t become Bedford until that century’s end.

  • It was cold!

       By John Barnhart and Tom Wilmoth

    Schools closed, power consumption peaked and area residents bundled up.

  • Pilot program seeks to help families

        Sometimes volunteering for something works out really well.

        Andy Crawford, Bedford County’s director of social services, attended a conference of social services directors from across the Commonwealth last year. At the conference, the state director of social services asked for volunteers among the local directors to come up with ideas that had the potential to be replicated elsewhere in Virginia. Crawford volunteered. He found out, after volunteering, that there was grant money attached.

  • Driving defensively

        The convoy escort team that Staff Sergeant Joshua Carter led in Afghanistan had a lot of challenges. In addition to the Taliban, the roads themselves were hazardous. The roads were narrow and the road surfaces were often in bad shape due to lack of maintenance and combat damage. Furthermore, there were no guardrails. In some places, going off the road would have meant tumbling down a mountainside. These were also very busy roads with lots of traffic.

        Then, there were Afghan drivers.

  • Elks Home lights up the night

        The Elks National Home once again lit up the night when Elks Grand Exalted Ruler Millard Pickering hit the big red button in the dining room that turns on the annual light display.

        Within minutes a line of cars began to cruise down the Home’s driveway to check out the lights, which can be seen from the National D-Day Memorial. A steady line was still coming through at 8:30 p.m., nearly three hours after the lights came on.