Local News

  • Car going wrong way on US 460 causes accident

    A North Carolina woman made what could have been a fatal mistake last week.

        According to Lt. Todd Foreman, of the Bedford City Police, Sergeant Robert Monk headed out on a report of an SUV driving the wrong way  on    U. S. 460 last Tuesday, May 7.

  • School board discusses new sites for middle school; public weighs in

    The Bedford County School Board is still looking at the possibility of constructing a new middle school near Liberty High School, but it appears any possibility of building the school on the current LHS site is gone.
    Following a public hearing to discuss the three alternate plans for building the new school at the LHS property, board members distanced themselves from that proposal, choosing to begin looking for new sites, including one off US 460 in which developer George Aznavorian has offered to donate about 40 acres for the school to be built there.

  • Lunch and plant sale provides needed funds

        The Blue Ridge Garden Club’s annual lunch and plant sale drew about 150 people to Main Street United Methodist Church as the month of April closed out.

  • NAACP plans new spring event for May 18

        The Bedford Branch of the NAACP is sponsoring a new spring event, which members hope to hold every year.

        It’s their First Freedom Fund Fellowship and will take place in Centertown Bedford’s Farmers’ Market, located on Washington Street on Saturday, May 18 from 2-6 p.m.
        “We plan to have Gospel groups and a variety of different types of music,” said Ronnie Miller, the Bedford Branch’s president.

  • BMH shows its appreciation

        April was National Volunteer Appreciation Month and Bedford Memorial Hospital thanked its volunteers with a lunch at Bedford Columns. The event also included door prizes donated by area businesses.

        Dr. Fred Conner, Bedford County Public Schools’ supervisor of career and technical education, spoke about the school division’s 50 partnership with Bedford Memorial. Conner, in turn, got some special attention from the lunch’s live entertainer.

  • Pollard responds; reporter posts reaction

    To the many citizens who have been supportive of my remarks at a recent board meeting, I want to thank you. To the journalist who deliberately misled the public, I say that is journalism at its worst.
    To the majority of Bedford County teachers, I want to repeat my statement from the same meeting which is, “I know that Bedford County has some of the best teachers in the State…”

  • Bedford says ‘goodbye’ to Ruth Crouch

        Bedford said “goodbye” to another of its best citizens this week. Ruth Crouch, the “Pie Lady,” died Monday morning. She was 75.

        Crouch, was born in Pulaski and came to Bedford when she was in third grade when her father, Oakey Foutz, returned to his home town. When she was in high school, she had an after-school job with Updike & Stevens, a grocery store. Later, she worked locally for for the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company until it transferred the operations of its Bedford office to Roanoke.

  • Honor Flight stop brings two Silver Star honorees together

        A visit to the National D-Day Memorial by Honor Flight of East Tennessee, resulted in a rare occurrence.

        The Silver Star is America’s third highest medal for valor under fire. One out of 133,000 men who fought in the Korean War was awarded that medal and the Honor Flight visit brought two of them together by chance. They had never met each other before.

  • It's a doggone good idea!

        Fran Burns, a Lake-area resident,  has made a contribution to the Moneta Volunteer Fire Department that could help some household pets breath easier in future emergencies.

  • Program helps area residents protect homes from wildfires

        A federal grant, administered by the Virginia Department of Forestry, brought a crew out to Karnes Road to help homeowners mitigate the risk that a wildfire would pose to their houses. A company called Titan Wildfire Resources, working with Bedford County Fire and Rescue, provided this service at no cost to the property owners.

        The idea of the work is to create a defensible space around the houses, according to Steve Spangler, a Titan representative.