Local News

  • Centerfest, Home Tour kick off Friday

        This Friday kicks off two of the area’s biggest events of the year—Centerfest in Centertown Bedford and the Charity Home Tour at Smith Mountain Lake.
        Centerfest, one of Virginia’s largest outdoor street festivals, marks its 35th year October 7-8.

  • 200-year-old tree falls

        Now therefore command thou that they hew me cedar trees out of Lebanon; and my servants shall be with thy servants: and unto thee will I give hire for thy servants according to all that thou shalt appoint: for thou knowest that there is not among us any that can skill to hew timber like unto the Sidonians. I Kings 5:6

  • Helping horses, helping people

    Brook Hill Farm has been in operation for 15 years.

        The non-profit rescues horses and provides a place where law enforcement can bring horses that have been confiscated because their former owners were abusing or neglecting them. The rescued horses have a job. They help rescue kids.
        “I was overwhelmed  with the passion I saw with the kids, with the horses, with the accomplishments of this team,” said Georgia Fauber, a volunteer, about her first visit to the farm.

  • First in the nation

    Bedford’s Moose Lodge has become the first Moose Lodge to have a dedicated parking space for combat wounded veterans.

        The Lodge has two spaces with the Purple Heart logo. The Purple Heart, America’s oldest medal, is awarded to servicemen who have been injured due to enemy action.
        “It means a lot to our membership,” commented District 6 Supervisor Andy Dooley, a member of the Lodge.

  • A piece of history

        A group of people in Montvale have gathered together to try to prevent the old Montvale Elementary School from being sold to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

  • Tuesday morning accident has two fatalities

        Virginia State Police Senior Trooper B. P. Long is investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash which occurred on Stewartsville Road, three tenths of a mile east of Goodview Road.  The crash occurred at 6:04 a.m. Tuesday in Bedford County.
        A 1996 Ford Explorer was traveling west on Stewartsville Road when it ran off the roadway on the right side, over corrected, came back into the roadway crossing the center line and struck a Ford pick-up truck head-on, according to a news release from the VSP.

  • Local manufacturing focus of new exhibit

        The Bedford Museum has a new exhibit focused on local manufacturing.

        It’s not a comprehensive list. The exhibits feature the county’s six oldest industrial operations. The Georgia Pacific paper mill at Big Island is the granddady of the collection. It began operating 125 years ago. The American Electric Power Smith Mountain pumped storage   project  is the baby of the group. Smith Mountain Lake reached full pond 50 years ago.

  • Bedford Hospice House is once again open

        Bedford Hospice House is back.

  • Split second decisions

        It could have been a tragedy.

        Bedford County Deputies called a situation in the county last week an “averted tragedy” after they encountered an adult man, threatening suicide, with a handgun in his hand.

  • Sheriff’s Association hosts Boys with a Dream

        A group of young men who call themselves Boys with a Dream, headed off for Tysons Corner  Monday morning.

        The teens are guests of the Virginia Sheriff’s Association and were recognized at the organization’s fall conference. They also attended a Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets baseball game, compliments of the Sheriff’s Association.
        They will also get a personal guided tour of the U. S. Capitol by Congressman Robert Goodlatte.