Local News

  • 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.

  • Christian Ministries offers client bags

        When new food pantry clients come to Bedford Christian Ministries for help, they are often short of a wide range of basic necessities.
        According to Houston Crum, Bedford Christian Ministries’ finance committee chairman, a lot of them are new to town, or setting up households for the first time, or are in some sort of crisis.

  • Coalition reaches out to community

        When he took over as chief at the Bedford Police Department, Todd Foreman stated getting law enforcement involved with the community was crucial.

  • J.D. Scott: He saw one last festival

        James Douglas Scott saw one more Strawberry Festival, and then he was gone. Better known as J. D. Scott, owner of Scott’s Strawberry Farm, he lost a long battle with cancer on May 31.
        Scott Baker, the county’s Virginia Tech extension agent, was one of the people who knew Scott well. Baker has been Bedford County’s extension agent since 1997.
        “He’s always been an individual who has utilized extension,” Baker said.

  • Bedford remembers D-Day

        The National D-Day Memorial marked the 71st anniversary of D-Day as 1,100 people gathered at the Memorial under a hot June sun.

        D-Day marked the beginning of the end of Hitler’s Nazi regime as the German Army was unable to stop the advance of allied troops after American, British and Canadian soldiers drove a wide hole in German coastal defenses on the Norman coast.

  • Putney honored by Lynchburg College

        Former Delegate Lacey Putney grew up in a family of five boys.

        He was the only one of the five who did not go to Lynchburg College. He went to Washington and Lee. This decision came about because Washington and Lee offered him a baseball scholarship, as a pitcher. This made a big difference for him; his family still had an  outhouse when he graduated from M.E. Marcuse High School in Big Island.

  • Delegates honor Rucker Tibbs

    Delegate Terry Austin came to Bedford County, Thursday, to visit Rucker Tibbs at the New London Airport. He had, in hand, a resolution from the House of Delegates honoring Tibbs for his contributions to aviation over half a century.