Local News

  • Breaking: Jordon takes Day 1 lead at Blue Ridge Brawl

    Kelly Jordon of Mineola, Texas, took the Day 1 lead at the Advance Auto Parts Blue Ridge Brawl Elite series tournament at Smith Mountain Lake. Jordan's catch weighed in at 20 pounds, 9 ounces, the only stringer breaking the 20-pound mark.

  • Another Bedford Boy is lost

    Some 30 young men from Bedford landed on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944, as part of the great amphibious assault that would mark the beginning of the end of Hitler’s Third Reich. By day's end 21 of them would be dead, 19 killed in the opening minutes of the landing.

        Sunday, the last of those men who landed that morning, and lived to tell about it, passed away. Elisha Ray Nance, who would have turned 95 on June 26, was the company’s second in command on that cold June morning.

  • Area legislators look back on session

    Delegate Lacey Putney noted, Tuesday morning, that Virginia is facing the most serious economic situation he has seen since he first went to the House of Delegates.

        “What it was like in the Great Depression, I don’t know,” he added. “I didn’t go until the next year.”

  • Crash clips utility pole

        A single car accident late Friday afternoon clipped off a utility pole and blocked traffic on U. S. 460 west of Bedford.

        According to state police, Anna Holland, 45, of Bedford was driving west on U. S. 460 in a 2000 VW Beetle when she ran off the right side of the road. She hit a drain culvert, overturned and struck a utility pole. She was transported to Bedford Memorial Hospital with injuries that did not appear life threatening. Holland was wearing her seatbelt and state police say that the belt saved her life.

  • From SML to Iraq

    Debra Weir’s tenure with the Franklin County tourism department has been filled with helping plan for bass fishing tournaments.

        In 2006, shortly after joining the county’s staff, she helped plan for the Northern Open tournament held in October of that year. Then, in 2007, Weir served as chairman of Bassmasters’ first Elite tournament stop held at Smith Mountain Lake that June. This year she’s once again in the thick of planning for the return visit of the Elite series to the area.

  • Man flees from police

    Bedford Police continued this week to search for a 31-year-old man who fled from police following a traffic stop Friday to serve warrants on him.

        As a result, late Friday afternoon a warrant for the attempted capital murder of a police officer was issued for Brian Aubrey Burnette. The warrant is a result of the stop made by Investigator Tim Stanley about 2 p.m. Friday. According to Bedford Police Chief Jim Day, Burnette fled from Stanley in a vehicle, a van, injuring Stanley in the process. The van belonged to Burnette’s father, Day said.

  • Virginia G. Bowman, 90, Durham

    Virginia Grainger Bowman, 90, formerly of Harrisburg and Bedford, died on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009, in Durham, North Carolina.  Virginia was born in Washington D.C. on April 21, 1918, to Chester and Elsie Grainger. 

        She was graduated from Duke University in 1938.  She married Thomas Edward Bowman Jr. on May 31, 1941, at the Market Square Presbyterian Church.

  • Johnson hired as Culpeper County superintendent

    Following the hiring of a new superintendent in Bedford County last month, the assistant superintendent of schools in the county will be leaving to become superintendent of Culpeper County Schools.

        The Culpeper County School Board voted unanimously during its regular meeting last Monday to appoint Dr. Bobbi F. Johnson as its new superintendent, effective July 1. Johnson was selected following a nationwide search that culminated in 23 applicants and five finalists for that position.

  • SMLA honors citizen volunteer

        The Smith Mountain Lake Association (SMLA) recognized some local residents who contributed to the quality of life at the lake.

        Allan Busch, captain of the Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, was named SMLA’s citizen of the year. The fire and rescue company uses its boats to fight fires that can be reached from the water. The boats can spray large volumes of water on a fire and arrive at the scene with plenty of firefighting water immediately available.

  • Vaden chosen to replace Huff

        A bad thing happened to David Vaden on his way to an interview by the Bedford County School Board.