Local News

  • Fire department fundraiser under way

    The fundraising letter you got in the mail last week from the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department is a reminder that taxpayer money does not pay all the fire department’s costs.

  • Perriello meets with Veterans Advisory Board, local residents

        Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello made his way through Bedford County last weekend visiting with area residents during a town hall meeting in Moneta Friday and with his newly formed Veterans Advisory Board on Saturday.

        “The best way to serve our veterans is to be listening to them,” Perriello said during a press conference Saturday at the D-Day Memorial in Bedford. He stressed that the advisory board wasn’t about partisanship or politics. He said the goal is to have it stand as a voice for veterans in Washington.

  • Local banks: We have money to lend

        The availability of money at local banks to lend is the same as it has always been. That’s what several Bedford area bankers reported at a recent economic forum sponsored by Bedford County’s department of economic development. Underwriting standards haven’t changed either.

        “There is a lot of money available,” said Mike Syrek, of SunTrust Bank.

        “We have ample money to lend,” added Tony Ware, representing Bank of the James.

  • Filling the vacancy

        Dave Vaden comes from a long line of educators. His dad was an elementary school teacher, principal and superintendent, his wife taught French in an elementary school, his grandmother was a math teacher and his mother was a librarian.

        Vaden’s hoping to continue that tradition by joining the Bedford County School Board.

  • Earnest’s home goes up in flames

    Investigators with Bedford County Fire and Rescue were still trying to get with Wesley Earnest Monday, after fire destroyed his $1.2 million home at Smith Mountain Lake.

        “There’s still a lot of things I have not ruled out yet,” Fire Marshal John Jennings said of the cause of the blaze. “It’s probably going to be a while before we can wrap this investigation up.”

  • Breaking: Investigation focuses on Hardy fire chief

    The volunteer fire chief of the Hardy Volunteer Fire Company is being investigated by the Virginia State Police for the possible mismanagement of department funds.


  • Ceremony honors deputies, volunteers

    Sheriff Mike Brown believes that a sheriff is only as good as the people who work for him.

        “Y’all make me look good,” he said to a gathering of deputies and volunteers.

  • VDOT funds cut to this area; no money for unpaved roads

        Debbie Shinestine, the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Bedford Residency Staff Engineer, and County Administrator Kathleen Guzi were bearers of bad news Monday night.

        “There is absolutely no money in the next six years for unpaved roads,” Guzi told the supervisors.

  • Bulletin staff win first place awards at VPA banquet

    The Bedford Bulletin won four awards during Saturday’s Virginia Press Association banquet held in Norfolk, including two first place honors.

        Bulletin Sports Editor Mike Forster won first place in the special sections category for his “Football Preps Preview” section that appeared in the paper last August. Forster also won second place for sports column writing.

        Bulletin Editor Tom Wilmoth won first place in the education writing category and third place in the editorial writing category.

  • Safety of road questioned

    Two crashes last week along U.S. 221 claimed two lives and left local officials wondering if that road has a higher crash rate than others in the area.