Local News

  • 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.

  • English Meadows Elks Home lights up for Christmas

        Mike Williams and Steve Orr have, once again, kept a promise they made to the Bedford community when they bought the Elks National Home in 2014.

        For the second year, English Meadows Elks Home Campus is lighting up the night with the Christmas light display that has made the Elks Home famous over the decades.

  • Fire Dept. gives drive- thru service

        A lot of places make Brunswick stew as a fundraiser and the Forest Fire Department is no exception.

  • Young farmers of the year

        A Bedford County farmer has won Virginia Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer Achievement Award.

         The award was given to Sam and Ashley Gardner at the beginning of this month at Virginia Farm Bureau’s annual state meeting.
        “We were runners up last year and we won it this year,” Sam said.

  • A Centertown Christmas

        Centertown Bedford kicks off the holiday season Friday with its annual Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. and the annual Christmas parade will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m.
        The Tree Lighting will be held at the Town Municipal Building this year and there will be live music.
        In addition Santa Land will be open for photos and there will be carriage rides offered.

  • Festival of Trees

        The annual Festival of Trees is back at the Welcome Center for the seventh time.

  • Local women donate cosmetic bags to BDVS

        The Estée Lauder counter at Peebles marked last month as Domestic Violence Awareness month  by asking customers to bring in cosmetic bags to donate to Bedford Domestic Violence Services (BDVS) battered women’s shelter. Customers brought in about 100 bags.

        “Nobody brought a bag empty,” commented Kelli Reed, the Estée Lauder counter manager.
        She said $2,000 worth of cosmetics were donated.

  • General District Court clerk retires

        Carla Smith, who has served as General District Court clerk here for 20 years, is retiring.

        That became effective Nov. 1. Julia Peters, her chief deputy, was hired to replace her. It was a seamless transition as Peters, who subs for Smith when Smith is out, came to work on Nov. 2 as the new clerk. She has worked in the General District Court clerk’s office for 13 years.