Local News

  • 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.

  • Habitat House uses innovative foundation

        Bedford’s Habitat for Humanity is working on a new house in Bedford.

        The house uses pre-cast concrete sections for its foundation. These are basically the same type of prefabricated concrete sections that were used, last year, for the basement of the house on Longwood Avenue that replaced the 19th century house that burned the previous year. These concrete sections provide an R-22.8 insulation factor, according to information provided by Ideal Building Systems. The sections are also dampness proof and vapor proof.

  • Fly it with honor

        Travis W. Overstreet Sr. gets very upset when he sees an American flag flown in a disrespectful way — that is a flag that is obviously torn or frayed. He gets upset to the point that he took Town Council to task, right after Memorial Day, because a number of the flags placed in holders on lamp posts in Centertown were frayed.

        Overstreet has seven military veterans in his family. His father was a Marine who served in World War II and Korea. He served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam, in the 1st Marine Division.

  • Marriage before deployment

        It was a scene that has probably occurred many times over generations: A military man and the woman he loves repeat their vows before a justice of the peace at the local courthouse.

  • A new battlefield

    ns, training for a new battlefield, have come to Bedford for three weeks as part of their year long training program as computer forensic specialists.

  • You know what you have

        The New London Cannery opened for business this month and will remain open until the middle of December. The cannery allows people to can large amounts at one time.

        “You know where the produce came from,” commented Sharon Johnston, who was helping her friend, Laura Knaup can tomatoes, Thursday. Johnston and her husband, Clay, had canned 30 quart cans of their own tomatoes two days earlier. The couple have 31 tomato plants.