Today's News

  • Accident injures four in Bedford

        An accident late Monday afternoon in Bedford sent four people to area hospitals, though no injuries appeared to be life threatening.

        According to Lt. Todd Foreman of the Bedford Police Department, around 4:40 p.m. a blue Toyota Camry, which was northbound on Independence Boulevard, apparently crossed the center line of the road and struck a Land Rover, which was southbound at the time of the accident.

  • Agencies work together at Cop Camp

        This year’s Cop Camp, the 10th year of the event, accommodated 150 youth, the most ever according to Lt. Todd Foreman of the Bedford Police Department.

        He said the number of slots they have depends on the number of adults, and the amount of money available.
        “We ran the camp off donations,” Lt. Foreman said.

  • Sunday is no fun-day at the park


    It's a bit early in the year for football.

    But, it's not too early for football-like scores.

    Such was the case this past Sunday afternoon, when Big Island Post 217 fell to Lynchburg's Post 16 to the tune of 21-16.

    21-16?  That's a robust score when you're building it with touchdowns and the like.  But, in baseball? Oy!

  • He’s been a mentor to many at the BPD

        If you ever happened to be at the Bedford YMCA when Sgt. Charles Nelms of the Bedford Police Department was lifting weights, you knew why it was foolish for anybody to try to resist arrest when he hauled that person in. In his prime, Nelms bench pressed 365 pounds.

        Nelms officially retired on July 1 and the Police Department held a farewell dinner for him at Olde Liberty Station Monday. During the dinner, officers who worked with him and for him offered compliments and some humorous stories.

  • Big Island Post 217: Sweet and sour


    For a team with a lot of LCA guys on it, Big Island Post 217 didn't show a lot of love to the crew from Christiansburg.

    Big Island got its American Legion season off to a roar.  That roaring noise came from the bats of the 217ers.  Four homers were smacked, as Quentin Palmer (twice), Cameron Byrd and Hunter Johnson each tapped a tater.

    Keyton Elliot had a pair of doubles and single, while Gavin Porpora had a pair of hits and a couple of RBIs.

  • Citizens: Hire new tourism director

        Several people spoke Monday evening,  during the citizen comment period that precedes every board of supervisors meeting, urging the county leaders to act soon to hire a new tourism director.
        The job came open last month when the previous tourism director, Sergei Troubetzkoy, left to take a job with Lynchburg starting that city’s first tourism department.

  • Australian Army donates flag

        The National D-Day Memorial flies the flags of every allied nation that had forces that participated in the D-Day landings.

        The hilltop where the Memorial is located is probably the windiest spot in Bedford and the flags take a beating whipping in the wind everyday. Volunteers make repairs to them but, eventually, the flags must be replaced.

  • Dooley thanks council for fireworks support

        Andy Dooley, the Bedford Moose Lodge’s administrator and chairman of its fireworks committee, spoke to Bedford Town Council last week.
        “I thanked them for the donation and allowing public works to help us with the current fireworks,” he said in a phone interview.
        The town had made a $2,000 donation to support this year’s fireworks display.

  • Out for a walk? How about picking up some litter along the way!

        A lot of people walk places in Bedford and the Keep Bedford Beautiful Commission (KBBC) has and idea about how to use all those eyes to help keep Bedford Beautiful.
        According to Ann Wood, KBBC’s chairman, the commission is encouraging people who walk the loop to pick up trash they find and take it to the first trash barrel they come to. Wood said the town has trash barrels on the loop. They are also encouraging people to pick up trash wherever they may see it.

  • Raising funds, building young men is ongoing mission of camp founder

        Dr. William B. Robertson is a brilliant fundraiser. Camp Virginia Jaycee exists because of his fundraising prowess.

        He is also a builder of men. This past week he was in the area doing both.

    The camp
        Back in 1968, Dr. Robertson got the vision for building a camp for special needs people, along with the idea of how to raise money to build it. His idea was to by jars of apple jelly, wholesale, for 15 cents each and sell them for $1 each.