Local News

  • Bedford Ride's funding reduced

    Unlike the federal government, the Commonwealth of Virginia must have a balanced budget. Due to falling tax revenue, Gov. Tim Kaine used his executive authority to cut state spending to keep things in balance. Locally, Bedford Ride lost $7,600 in state funding.

        “Obviously, it’s not making it any easier,” said Ira Doom, Bedford Ride’s director.

  • Don't scrape 'em off yet

    What should you do with those city and county decals on your windshield now that both local governments have done away with them?

        “We are no longer selling or transferring them on anything,” said Becky Jones, Bedford County’s treasurer.

        But that doesn’t mean scrape them off — at least not yet.

        “We are asking people to leave them on their vehicles until March 31,” she said. “If you have one, leave it on.”

  • Health Fair deals with good hygiene

    Some students from Liberty University recently helped teach students at Big Island Elementary School good health and hygiene practices.

        Students worked through six stations set up by the LU guests, learning about topics such as body odor, bad breath and spit and saliva. This is the third year Liberty U physical education and health students have held the Health Fair at the school.

  • Supporting the cause

    Several area schools had students, faculty and administrators take it upon themselves to support the Passionately Pink for the Cure project held in October by raising funds and awareness with the hopes of ending breast cancer.

  • Eight charities benefit from home tour

    The Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour passed out checks for $15,000 to eight charities last week.

        The money was raised during the annual home tour held over three days in early October. People purchased $25 tickets to tour the interiors of elegant lake area houses volunteered by their owners. Eight houses were on this year’s tour.

        According to Marty Bowers, chairman of the home tour’s board, 1,800 people purchased tickets.

  • Bedford Postmaster retires after 30 years

    May Massie retired Friday after 30 years with the United States Postal service.

        Massie, a Big Island native, has been Bedford’s postmaster since 2001. Her postal career has kept her in this area and included a tour of duty as Big Island’s postmaster.

  • Training nursing assistants

    Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC) has a program that helps fill a healthcare need.

  • Keeping in style

    A customer at a Bedford beauty salon liked the place so much that she bought it.

        Kathy Grigg had been a customer of Hair Then and Now, located on South Bridge Street, for five years when she learned that it was up for sale. She and her husband, David, bought it in July.

        Grigg, who said she first started coming for facials, said that salon provided a full array of services and was constantly coming up with new offerings.

  • Emerson Creek Pottery offers customers a chance to own a piece of their American heritage

    At one time, the Bedford County property that now is home to Emerson Creek Pottery was a 500-acre land grant from the King of England.

    Now that property serves as the creation and distribution spot for Emerson Creek's growing nationally recognized pottery business.

    Since 1977 Emerson Creek Pottery has been offering to its customers the American heritage of handmade, hand painted pottery. The business was recently recognized by the U.S. Local Business Association for its work.

  • Parade returns to morning time slot

    After being announced as an evening Christmas parade for this year, Bedford's parade on Dec. 6 will, as usual, take place in the morning.

    The parade has begun for a number of years at 11 a.m., but Bedford Main Street decided last summer to change the parade's time to 7 p.m. Main Street handles the parade and other downtown Christmas festivities.