Local News

  • Never forget

    By Rev. Troy Keaton

        It’s the morning we will never forget.  We will never forget where we were when we heard the news that our incredible community had become the center of the news world.  

        We will never forget the sadness when we learned that two young precious lives were taken so soon. 
        We will never forget the fear and shock we felt when we heard that our own executive director, Vicki Gardner, had also been shot but was thankfully still alive. 

  • Better than Fair

        Bedford County’s first county fair for more than four decades was a rousing success. According to Joy Powers, who headed up the project, 14,800 people attended. This is double the number of people they anticipated.

        According to Susan Epperly, who was in charge of non-livestock contests, people came from as far away as Amherst County and Charlotte County. Some people came on multiple days.
        There was something to see every day.

  • County fair returns!

        A Bedford County fair will open its gates, for the first time in more than 40 years, Friday at 1 p.m.

  • Hurt stops by Bedford

        Congressman Robert Hurt stopped by Bedford, Tuesday, for a walking tour of Centertown businesses. He said he was touring across the 5th Congressional Districts which includes 23 cities and counties. Hurt is taking a look at the challenges small businesses face.

  • Gleaning for others

        Gleaning apples in Bedford County got its start 30 years ago when Roger Lane asked Danny Johnson, owner of Johnson’s Orchards in Bedford County a question — “What do you do with your dropped apples?”

        When Johnson replied that he doesn’t do anything with them, Layne got some people together and gleaned in Johnson’s orchard. He also called Society of St. Andrew, a Bedford County based hunger relief organization which was already gleaning potatoes in its potato project.

  • Flaggers stop in Bedford

        About 250 people, arriving in some 125 vehicles, made their way through Bedford Saturday to show their support for the heritage of the Confederate Flag.

        The Virginia Flaggers have held numerous events and stopped in Bedford at the Wal-Mart parking lot as part of several stops Saturday.
        “We responded to make sure everything stayed calm,” stated Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman.

  • The long way home

    His 100-day, 4,300-mile journey on a bicycle across the United States was nearing its end and Greg Baltad was facing a dilemma.

        It was late in the evening on July 31 and he was heading into Vinton – he could find a place to stay there, or peddle the 30 or so miles left to reach Bedford.
        Baltad hit the Blue Ridge Parkway and headed this way.

  • Display honoring Lacey Putney dedicated

        Former Delegate Lacey Putney prefers not to be called a statesman.

        He often quotes a statement Harry Truman once made about statesmen: “A statesman is a politician who has been dead for at least 15 years.”

  • Dig is at site where man lived when he vanished

        It’s been well over 15 years now since anyone saw James Davis “Slim” Walker.
        This past week, it’s possible investigators were up on Taylor’s Mountain looking for him.
        Walker’s son, Bobby Walker, who has been leading an effort to get more answers about his father’s disappearance on April 7, 2000, confirmed that investigators from the Sheriff’s Office had been digging where his dad had been living in a trailer when he disappeared at 2790 Cool Springs Rd.

  • Grand opening of Putney exhibit is Saturday

        The Bedford Museum will hold the grand opening, Saturday, of a display dedicated to former Delegate Lacey Putney’s 52 years in the House of Delegates.

        The grand opening, which is open to the public, takes place at 1:30 p.m. Former Delegate Putney will be on hand to share his experiences and a reception on the Museum’s third floor will follow.