Local News

  • Christmas Eve fire destroys house in Moneta

    Two adults were hospitalized for smoke inhalation after a fire in Bedford County.

  • Christmas eve accident claims life of Thaxton man

         Virginia State Police Trooper J. H. Wheat is investigating a single vehicle crash which occurred Christmas Eve at 11:10 p.m. on Va. 122, four tenths of a mile south of Route 24 in Bedford County.
        A 1988 Ford F-150 pick-up truck was traveling south on Route 122, just south of Route 24, when it ran off the right side of the roadway, up an embankment, struck a tree and overturned.

  • Making a positive difference

        Cliff Fuqua, a mechanical engineer with two small sons of his own, volunteers to help youth in a difficult situation. Fuqua is a CASA volunteer.

        CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. CASAs are trained volunteers who have been trained to prepare a report to the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in cases where minors are involved.

  • Taxi service starts in Bedford

        Bedford now has a taxi cab service called Bedrock Ridez, the only fully licensed and insured cab service in town. The cab  is owned and operated by Penny Beard.

  • Frozen

        “I call it my little Frozen,” commented Linda DeCicco.

         DeCicco was referring to the interior decorations in her Body Camp home. They make her think of the Disney animated feature of the same name.
        Everything is decorated with icicle and snowflake ornaments. The Christmas tree has them. the fireplace mantle is covered with them. Cabinets are festooned with   them and one cabinet is full of them.

  • The Spirit of Bedford

        Bedford County’s fire and rescue department had a chance to save the county some money when it acquired a new ambulance. According to Janet Blankenship, deputy chief of fire and rescue, the new ambulance consists of a new chassis with a refurbished box.

        “We saved quite a bit of money on that unit,” Blankenship said. “It was half the cost of a brand new unit.”

  • Sheriff to deliver Christmas toys

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is known for the festive cards it uses when reading suspects their Miranda rights when making arrests this time of year. Sheriff Mike Brown’s deputies also play Santa Claus, bringing toys to children who would otherwise not get much, if anything, for Christmas.

  • A creative solution

        Wally Post, who heads up the volunteer effort for the Bedford Museum’s model train layout, had a problem. He wanted to include a train that would duplicate the Powhatan Arrow, a passenger train operated by the Norfolk and Western Railroad 60 years ago.

  • A close fraternity

        “It’s a great fraternity,” Sheriff Mike Brown said of law enforcement.

        This was demonstrated when Lt. Darryl Saunders, a 27-year veteran of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office was diagnosed with esophageal cancer.
        Saunders had been experiencing some difficulty swallowing. At first he thought it was stress, but finally went to see a doctor.

  • Service honors Vietnam era veterans

        Congressman Robert Hurt stopped by Bedford, late Friday afternoon, to hold a ceremony honoring Vietnam and Vietnam era veterans.

        The event, held at Bedford’s new Army Reserve Center, was held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War. Although the U. S. had military advisers in South Vietnam, beginning in the 1950s, large scale involvement by combat troops began in 1965. The Reserve Center is due to be named in honor of two Bedford County Army reservists who were killed in Vietnam.