Local News

  • Former Bedford Mayor Tom Messier remembered for his service, faith

        Some people leave behind the sweet aroma of a good life and good memories when they leave this earth. That was true of E. Thomas “Tom” Messier, who died last week at the age of 80 after a long struggle with cancer. He would have turned 81 in September.
        Tom Messier came to Bedford from Nashua, New Hampshire, in 1974 but, even after more than 40 years, still retained a strong New Hampshire accent. However, he was as dedicated to his adopted community as much as any person who was born and raised in Bedford.

  • Want to help make history? Tips for Guinness event

    By Jerry Hale
        As a signature event of Smith Mountain Lake 50th Anniversary Celebration, Lakers will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for “Number of People Floating in a Line” this Saturday morning. 

  • World War I centennial events planned

        The Virginia General Assembly has set up a commission, the Virginia WWI and WWII Commemoration Commission, to commemorate the centennial of World War I and the 75th anniversary of World War II.
        According to Cheryl Jackson, the commission’s director, the commission was created in 2014, using funds left over from Virginia’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Jackson said that anniversary was a big boost in tourism to Virginia.

  • Missing autistic teen found
  • Everette Road bridge to be repaired this month

        A bridge that carries Everett Road (Va. 622) over Norfolk & Western Railroad tracks is currently closed but, according to Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) spokesman Jason Bond, should reopen by the end of the month after repairs are completed.

  • Top 10 Endangered Artifact Poll

        On June 6, 1944, hours before embarking on the greatest invasion of World War II, American soldiers, sailors and airmen received a special message from their commander, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower.

        The printed “pep talk” informed the men that they were “about to embark upon the great crusade,” defined the coming fight as one of freedom versus tyranny, and encouraged the men that “we will accept nothing less than full victory.”

  • Plans for Bedford County Fair expanded for this year

        The Bedford County Fair is coming back for a four-day run starting on Sept. 1.

        According to Joy Powers, superintendent of the fair and chairman of the fair board of directors, last year’s fair, the first in 40 years, exceeded expectations with turnout double what they had anticipated.
        “We were hoping for 7,000,” she said. “We ended up with over 14,500 people.”

  • At 74, vet seeks recognition for his fallen shipmates

        The Vietnam Memorial is incomplete, according to Del Francis.

        It’s missing the names of his 74 shipmates who died when their ship, USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754) sank. Although the Evans had deployed from the United States to provide Naval gunfire support for the troops fighting in the war, it was assigned to a joint exercise with Australian ships at the time and was determined to be not in the zone of combat at the time. That’s why the names were left off the wall.

  • Major Gardner reacts to Clinton picking Kaine as VP nominee

        When Hillary Clinton announced that US Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia was going to be her pick to run as vice president on the Democratic ticket, Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office immediately thought of another name—Jens Soering.

        “I can’t think of Tim Kaine without thinking of Jens Soering,” stated Gardner, who was the lead investigator on the case against Soering. “Those two names are synonymous with me.”

  • She did Bedford proud!

        BeeJay Alexander continues to do Bedford proud.
        At this year’s Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest held on Coney Island in New York City, Alexander, a local native who now resides in Virginia Beach, competed in the event for the second straight year, setting a personal best in the process.