Local News

  • Mowles is new deputy chief of Fire and Rescue

        Seth Mowles is now Bedford County’s Deputy Chief of Fire and Rescue.

        Mowles replaces Marci Stone who left last year to take a job in Roanoke. Mowles was sworn in Friday.

  • Sew rewarding

        The Peaks & Pieces Quilt Guild’s annual quilt show is currently brightening the interior of the Bedford Central Library. The colorful quilts line the library’s balcony and visitors can vote for their favorites.

  • Thrift Store helps Rwandan missions effort

        Nancy Strachan, president of Rwandan HUGS, is a bit frustrated. The ministry has had a thrift store on North Bridge Street for two years, but visibility is a bit low.

        “My goal is to get more customers,” Strachan said.

  • Horse & Hound Fest

        In spite of threatening weather, 3,500 people turned out for the Horse and Hound Wine Festival, held Saturday. Two animal-related organizations, new to the festival, had booths this year.

        One came all the way from San Angelo, Texas. Mark and Amy Meyers, who founded Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, brought Leo and Halo to draw people to their booth. Their organization rescues abused, neglected and abandoned donkeys and finds homes for them. They have volunteer ranches, that partner with them, all over the country; two are in Virginia.

  • Firefighters respond to two structure fires within six hours

    Bedford County authorities were kept busy with two residential structure fires in the western area of the county in less than six hours. The first, reported at about 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 9 in the 2300 block of Morgans Mill Road, was caused by the electric dryer and confined to that area of the house. It caused about $8,000 in damage. The family of four was displaced and is staying with relatives.

  • Local YOVASO groups earn top honors

        Bedford County continues to shine when it comes to promoting safe teen driving.

        Bedford County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers, under the command of Capt. Tim Hayden and Sgt. Randy Smith, attended the Virginia State YOVASO (Youth Of VA Speak Out) awards dinner, held recently at James Madison University. 
        Out of 146 schools throughout the state,  Bedford County SROs and their schools walked away with seven of the top awards, more than 50 percent of the honors.

  • Local man honored

        “I have a boring lifestyle,” Elbert Toms said.

  • County man graduates from West Point

        The United States Military Academy, better known as West Point, is more than 200 years old.

         President Thomas Jefferson signed legislation establishing it in 1802. Since then a steady stream of young men have graduated from the academy to take their place as officers in the United States Army. Among the latest group — they graduated at the end of May — was Kevin Carlin, a Bedford County man.
        Carlin, after graduating, headed off to become an aviation officer.

  • Local Girl Scout chosen for White House campout

        Samantha Houck loves the outdoors.

        But even she couldn’t have imagined that her adventurous spirit would one day lead to camping out on the South Lawn of the White House.
        Houck, a rising junior at Jefferson Forest High School, was one of a select few of Girl Scouts from several states     given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by First Lady Michelle Obama to attend the first-ever campout at the White House held on Tuesday, June 30.

  • There will be horses and hounds

        The 11th Annual Horse and Hound Wine Festival takes place this Saturday at Johnson’s Orchard.

        “It’s always the second Saturday [in July],” noted Nancy Johnson.
        This means it’s usually hot, but there are large tents for shade and CINTAS, as usual, will be on hand with cold, wet towels to help people cool down. They also help dogs too. And there are lots of dogs—dogs of all kinds ranging from tiny Yorkies to an enormous Irish Wolf Hound.