Local News

  • Horse & Hound Fest

        In spite of threatening weather, 3,500 people turned out for the Horse and Hound Wine Festival, held Saturday. Two animal-related organizations, new to the festival, had booths this year.

        One came all the way from San Angelo, Texas. Mark and Amy Meyers, who founded Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, brought Leo and Halo to draw people to their booth. Their organization rescues abused, neglected and abandoned donkeys and finds homes for them. They have volunteer ranches, that partner with them, all over the country; two are in Virginia.

  • Firefighters respond to two structure fires within six hours

    Bedford County authorities were kept busy with two residential structure fires in the western area of the county in less than six hours. The first, reported at about 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 9 in the 2300 block of Morgans Mill Road, was caused by the electric dryer and confined to that area of the house. It caused about $8,000 in damage. The family of four was displaced and is staying with relatives.

  • Local YOVASO groups earn top honors

        Bedford County continues to shine when it comes to promoting safe teen driving.

        Bedford County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers, under the command of Capt. Tim Hayden and Sgt. Randy Smith, attended the Virginia State YOVASO (Youth Of VA Speak Out) awards dinner, held recently at James Madison University. 
        Out of 146 schools throughout the state,  Bedford County SROs and their schools walked away with seven of the top awards, more than 50 percent of the honors.

  • Local man honored

        “I have a boring lifestyle,” Elbert Toms said.

  • County man graduates from West Point

        The United States Military Academy, better known as West Point, is more than 200 years old.

         President Thomas Jefferson signed legislation establishing it in 1802. Since then a steady stream of young men have graduated from the academy to take their place as officers in the United States Army. Among the latest group — they graduated at the end of May — was Kevin Carlin, a Bedford County man.
        Carlin, after graduating, headed off to become an aviation officer.

  • Local Girl Scout chosen for White House campout

        Samantha Houck loves the outdoors.

        But even she couldn’t have imagined that her adventurous spirit would one day lead to camping out on the South Lawn of the White House.
        Houck, a rising junior at Jefferson Forest High School, was one of a select few of Girl Scouts from several states     given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by First Lady Michelle Obama to attend the first-ever campout at the White House held on Tuesday, June 30.

  • There will be horses and hounds

        The 11th Annual Horse and Hound Wine Festival takes place this Saturday at Johnson’s Orchard.

        “It’s always the second Saturday [in July],” noted Nancy Johnson.
        This means it’s usually hot, but there are large tents for shade and CINTAS, as usual, will be on hand with cold, wet towels to help people cool down. They also help dogs too. And there are lots of dogs—dogs of all kinds ranging from tiny Yorkies to an enormous Irish Wolf Hound.

  • Fireworks will fill the skies this weekend

        The skies will be filled with fireworks next Friday and Saturday nights in Bedford County and there will be plenty of other activities to enjoy in the area for the July 4 weekend.
        Fireworks displays will occur Friday night July 3 in both Bedford and Downtown Moneta and July 4 at Parkway Marina at Smith Mountain Lake.

  • Remembering the Charleston shooting

        An estimated 160 people turned out for a rally in Bedford’s Centertown Park to honor the nine people murdered at a Wednesday evening Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

        Bedford’s rally, organized by the Bedford Chapter of the NAACP,  also took place on a Wednesday night, exactly one week after the murders.

  • Bower Center begins makeover

        Dr. John Bower, whose donation made the Bower Center for the Performing Arts possible, came to Bedford, Friday, for a groundbreaking ceremony that kicks off a major renovation for the building.

         The renovation project will build a new front to the building and add an elevator, improving handicapped access and new restrooms.
        Fred Duis, president of the    Wharton   Foundation, opened the ceremony.