Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • Hitting the links for Luke


    Sometimes, you're dealt a lousy hand.

    Sometimes that bum deal comes at the most inopportune of times.

    Sometimes it comes in a form that is both stunning and mystifying.

    And when such misfortune strikes, it is in our human nature to lash out in anger or to wallow in introspective pity.

    Not Luke Arrington.

    The 18-year old native of Bedford County was recently diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, a cancer of the blood.

  • Future taking root in the present


    Good high school sports teams are not made overnight.

    In nearly every sport, the work and development which takes place well before high school is what translates into success on the varsity fields and courts.

    Such developmental efforts were on display in the Liberty and Forest zones last week.

    The Bedford Area YMCA hosted a basketball camp, while the Forest Youth Athletic Association fields were the site of a football camp.

  • Islanders eye playoffs


    They'll get a breather.  Then things will really heat up for the American Legion Post 217 Big Island baseball crew.

    Coming off a week in which they played six games, the Islanders will head for the post-season, ready or not.

    The good news?  Big Island will host the District 10 tournament this weekend at Jim Thacker Field, at Forest Middle School.

    "We've been to Danville and we've been to Brookville," said Head Coach Kelley Russell.  "It's time to play on our home field."

  • Sports commentary: Cup-idity


    I hope none of you depend upon me when placing your wagers.

    If so, you'd have really been in trouble for any World Cup betting.

    In last week's column, I blithely selected Brazil to top the Netherlands in the finale.

    When you read that, you might have thought, "What a dummkopf!  Those two teams didn't even make the finals."

    You may have especially thought that if you are from Germany, the country that actually won the crown.

  • Centerfest Corner

    By Amanda Adams
    Bedford Main Street Executive director

        Would you believe it’s been 33 years since Bedford hosted its first Centerfest? Thirty-three years and this amazing festival is still the Bedford event of the year that draws thousands of people into Centertown!

  • Boating legislation update

    By Bruce Dungan
    SML Water Safety Council

        It has been an interesting session in Richmond with respect to boating legislation.