Local News

  • Driving defensively

        The convoy escort team that Staff Sergeant Joshua Carter led in Afghanistan had a lot of challenges. In addition to the Taliban, the roads themselves were hazardous. The roads were narrow and the road surfaces were often in bad shape due to lack of maintenance and combat damage. Furthermore, there were no guardrails. In some places, going off the road would have meant tumbling down a mountainside. These were also very busy roads with lots of traffic.

        Then, there were Afghan drivers.

  • Elks Home lights up the night

        The Elks National Home once again lit up the night when Elks Grand Exalted Ruler Millard Pickering hit the big red button in the dining room that turns on the annual light display.

        Within minutes a line of cars began to cruise down the Home’s driveway to check out the lights, which can be seen from the National D-Day Memorial. A steady line was still coming through at 8:30 p.m., nearly three hours after the lights came on.

  • Christmas Station cuts the ribbon on its new home

        The Bedford Christmas Station held the official grand opening of its new home with a ribbon cutting one Dec. 11. The organization has been using the building for awhile already. Everything had been set up and the shelves were stocked in anticipation of making Christmas brighter for 325 Bedford area families this past week.

  • Lawsuit settlement being used to protect law enforcement officers

        For the past year Moose International has been helping the Safe Surfin’ Foundation provide funds to buy ballistic vests for law enforcement officers.

  • Bear vs. man

        Virginia’s black bears are very timid animals, according to Lt. Chris Thomas, a conservation police officer who works out of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) Forest Office.
        “They are normally as scared of people as people are of them,” said Thomas.
        While black bears are not aggressive, they can get riled if you mess with them. Dwain Karnes, a 32-year-old bear hunter, was messing with a black bear last week when it bit him on both arms.

  • Fire destroys historic house

        Jamie Snell and his wife returned home late Saturday night and saw what they first thought was fog surrounding their home at 719 Longwood Ave. in Bedford.

  • Santa visits Bedford

        Santa Claus stopped by the Bedford Bulletin, Friday, and picked up some back issues. Perhaps he was looking for names to add to his “Naughty” or “Nice” list. The Bulletin’s pages certainly had a number of people fitting both categories over the past year.

        He doesn’t live at the North Pole, however. Most of the year he lives in Grand Island, Neb., and goes by the name of Dale Nielson. He’s an Elk and comes to Bedford every year for the Christmas Lighting at the Elks National Home.

  • Bear sightings up in the area

        There have been more than a few bear sightings in and around the town of Bedford in the past few months.

        Just ask Kathy and Clifford Wilson.
        Back in September while watching a movie, they were surprised to look out their window on Quiet Zone Lane and see a bear going through their yard.
        “We see a lot of deer, a lot of rabbits, a lot of squirrels, but not bears,” Kathy stated. “You just don’t expect to see a bear.”

  • Photo of horse goes viral

        A photograph of a horse in Bedford near Otter River Elementary School, tied to a telephone pole, has gone viral on the Internet, bringing responses from all over the country.

        The Bedford County Sheriff's Office and the Dispatch Center fielded hundreds of calls last week about the photo posted on Facebook and many people from throughout the country also contacted media outlets about it.
        But  the  calls  appear to be for nought, according to Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown.

  • Festival of Trees is the biggest yet

        This year’s Festival of Trees has brightened the Bedford Welcome Center with 26 decorated Christmas trees.

        “This is the most we’ve had out of all the five years we’ve been doing this,” said Sue Trussell, whose duties include managing the Welcome Center’s events calendar.