Local News

  • Local singer appears on Apple Idol

    Terry Day is living his dream.

    This week Day appeared with five other contestants vying for Apple Ford's Apple Idol title. The show is part of WSET-TV's "Living in the Heart of Virginia" program, aired daily at 12:30 p.m. on local channel 13.

    For Day, singing on television is a dream-come-true.

  • Play is living history

    Robert Carson has a deep interest in theater. In addition to acting, he's written plays for his church, Antioch Baptist.

    This year, he's writing a play called "Journey" for another church. The church wanted to do something different for Black History Month and Carson wrote a play in which a 100-year-old man takes the audience on a journey through the civil rights movement. It's history presented in dramatic format.

  • Steptoe portrait returns to Courthouse

    Some dream of exotic vacations; others dream of meeting the queen.

    For many years local appraiser, Elizabeth Gladwell dreamed of Jemmie Steptoe. For those unfamiliar with Bedford County's earlier years, James Steptoe (nicknamed Jemmie) was the first Clerk of Bedford County Circuit Court. This was a position he held from 1772 through 1826.

  • Man in U.S. illegally, convicted of sexual battery

    BEDFORD, Va. — An El Salvador man, living in the United States illegally, was convicted Tuesday of aggravated sexual battery against an 8-year-old girl for an incident that occurred at the Goodwill Store on Forest Road in Bedford County.

  • Portrait, plaque honor Nanci Drake

    Friends, family and colleagues gathered at the Bedford Welcome Center Nov. 30 to unveil a commissioned portrait of Nanci Drake, the first Director of Tourism for Bedford City and County who died unexpectedly more than a year ago on Dec. 2, 2006.

    Mayor Skip Tharp presented and donated the portrait. Tharp was joined by County Supervisor Steve Arrington to unveil the portrait.

    The portrait captures Nanci?s energy, enthusiasm and stellar smile.

  • Dragstrip opponents make some noise

    Some neighbors of the New London Airport and Dragstrip say that they don't like the dragstrip's noise.

  • Request to build townhouses for laborers approved

    Bedford County's planning commission gave the green light, last week, to a request by May Brothers to build housing for temporary workers.

  • Tour operators visit Bedford

    Bedford's tourism office will host a group of group tour operators from around the country today. A second group will be here Friday.

    "This is incredible to get," commented Sergei Troubetzkoy, the Bedford area's director of tourism.

    All told, there will be a total 27 tour operators here. Troubetzkoy said that he had that many visit during his entire 18 years as director of tourism in Staunton.

  • Big Island firefighter saves woman from fire

    A Big Island woman is alive today thanks to decisive action by a Big Island firefighter.

    It was Sunday morning. Frank Branch, the fire department's deputy chief, was at home when the emergency call came over his radio dispatching the department to a house fire off Folkes Street in Big Island. Branch knew the house. The fire department has a chimney clean-out program for elderly and disabled people. The program involves doing a basic chimney inspection, in the fall, and cleaning out creosote buildup.

  • Arrests made in shooting

    Three people have been charged with their involvement in a shooting on Thaxton School Road Jan. 2, including a mother and her daughter.

    This week Deepraj Islam Khan, 19, formerly of Forest, Sandra Faye Campbell, 46, of Thaxton, and her daughter, Amanda Lynn Campbell, 18, of Thaxton were each charged with aggravated malicious wounding and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.