Local News

  • Cheek won’t run again

    District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek saved his surprise for the end of Monday night’s Bedford County Board of Supervisors meeting.

        “I am stepping aside to devote my time to my family and my business,” Cheek said, announcing that he won’t seek reelection this fall. “I decided that, come December, I’m finished.”

  • Tree falls on man, killing him

    At 10:02 a.m. Tuesday, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call reporting that a tree had fallen on a man and he was trapped under the tree.

        The Moneta Rescue Squad and sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the scene at 9395 Moneta Rd. After arriving on the scene, squad members notified dispatchers that the victim was deceased.

        The victim,Harold Kenneth Jones, 62, was cutting down the tree on his property when the accident occurred. A friend of the victim, who was helping, witnessed the accident and called 911.

  • Breaking news: VanDam wins Blue Ridge Brawl

    Keith Alan of ESPN Outdoors calls Kevin VanDam the King Kong of bass fishing. Others call him the Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan of the sport.

    He's all that — and a lot more.

    Now the four-time Bassmaster Angler of the Year can add Blue Ridge Brawl champion to his growing list of accomplishments.

  • Breaking: VanDam maintains lead in Blue Ridge Brawl

    Kevin VanDam may not like sight fishing, but he's proving once again why he's the best bass fishing has to offer: He'll do whatever it takes to stay at the top. And this week, sight fishing has been the ticket to the top of the leader board.

    VanDam, a four-time Angler of the Year champion, maintained the third day lead in the Advance Auto Parts Blue Ridge Brawl at Smith Mountain Lake, weighing in a five-fish limit of 15 pounds, 6 ounces for a 47 pound, 15 ounce three-day total and more than a 3-pound lead over Elite rookie Matt Herren (44-7) of Trussville, Ala.

  • Breaking news: LHS student dies in accident

    An 18-year-old Liberty High School senior died as the result of injuries suffered during a single-car accident on Belltown Road in Bedford Wednesday afternoon.

  • 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.