Local News

  • Dealing with feral cats

        A local group wants to convince Bedford that doing right by animals is also doing right for taxpayers.

        “The issue of too many dogs and cats impacts each Bedford resident, whether you love animals or not,” says Rebecca Klahn who co-founded Bedford Cares three years ago. “That’s where your money goes. Even if I didn’t care about cats and dogs, I wouldn’t want my tax dollars going to euthanize them. I would want them spent on education or roads or a ton of other things that need to be done.”

  • Area loses aviation legend

        Bedford lost an aviation legend last week.

        Rucker Tibbs, who turned 92 on Sept. 19, passed into history on Oct. 13. As late as last summer, Tibbs, an expert aircraft mechanic, was still running the fixed base operation at New London Airport.
        He was  renowned among local aircraft owners and mechanics for being able to accurately diagnose an aircraft engine problem by listening to its sound over a cell phone. He was also known for a cheerful, politically incorrect, sense of humor.

  • Police vehicles involved in accidents

    Two accidents involving area law enforcement officers are being investigated by the Virginia State Police.
        Last Tuesday, Oct. 13 at about 1:15 a.m., Bedford Police received a report of a car traveling at a high rate of speed in the wrong direction on US 460, coming into town, according to Chief Todd Foreman.
        Officer Trista McCrickard, driving the department’s Domestic Violence patrol car—a 2014 Dodge Charger —responded to the call.

  • Police vehicles involved in accidents

    Two accidents involving area law enforcement officers are being investigated by the Virginia State Police.

  • Being ready for anything

        Bedford firefighters rescued a 3-year-old girl, late Friday night, after her leg got stuck in a drain pipe.

        According to Bedford Fire Chief Brad Creasy, the girl accidentally stepped into an uncapped clean-out to a septic line behind her house. Her leg went in all the way to her thigh and she was unable to pull it out.

  • Centerfest, Home Tour set for this weekend

        The hope is the rain that marred the past two weekends won’t come back this weekend. There’s just too much going on – including Bedford’s Centerfest on Friday and Saturday and the SML Home Tour, set for Friday-Sunday.
        Centerfest will harken back to its roots this year and rekindle its role as a family-friendly, community event.
        Centerfest will take place over two days: Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10.

  • What started the fire?

        Bedford County’s fire and rescue department hosted a fire investigation seminar last week. The three day seminar was taught by Steve Riggs of the Public Agency Training Council, a national organization.

        “We are the largest privately held public safety training company in the country today,” Riggs said.
        Riggs said they have 78 instructors and conduct between 800 and 900 seminars each year.

  • Stay #SMLStrong

    Editor’s note:

        Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Vicki Gardner was a victim of the August shooting at Bridgewater Plaza in which two WDBJ7 journalists were killed. She continues to recover from her injuries and submitted this letter in response to all that has happened since the shooting.
    By Vicki Gardner
    Executive Director
    SML Regional
    Chamber of Commerce

  • Little horse brings big cheer to others

        Sheldon is a miniature horse, but that doesn’t mean he can’t tackle big tasks.

  • Adams stepping down as Bedford Main Street director

        After two years as Bedford Main Street’s executive director, Amanda Adams is stepping down.
        “I have really enjoyed the last two years that I’ve spent as Main Street’s executive director,” Adams stated. “Over the last two years, I’ve been fortunate to be part of a growing board, the development of a new mission, and help Main Street get back to being an integral part of the Bedford community.”