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Today's News

  • Fire damages Mayberry Diner

        Mayberry Diner was heavily damaged in a fire, Thursday afternoon, that appears to have been ignited by cigarette embers.

        According to Kevin Musgrove, who served as the incident commander, the call came in at 2:23 p.m.
        “When we arrived there was heavy fire and smoke showing,” Musgrove said.
        The diner was open for business and there were employees and customers inside. All escaped without injury. No firefighters were hurt.

  • CVCC teams up with Rec Dept. to offer Archery class

        They’re learning to shoot straight.

        A partnership between Bedford County Parks and Recreation and Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) has made an archery class, as a physical education option, possible for students attending CVCC’s Bedford campus.

  • Looking for Answers

        The children of James Davis Walker want answers—they want the truth of what happened to their father.

        Fifteen years ago this week, on April 7, 2000, James Walker disappeared.
        The story then was that the slim, 6 foot, 7 inch man rode with some friends to Food Lion in Bedford, but did not go into the store because he wanted to smoke. When his friends came back out, he had supposedly vanished. The reports at the time were that he had wandered away.

  • Arrington won’t seek reelection

        This time he means it; he really is going to give up his seat on the board of supervisors.
        “I am not going to seek reelection for a fourth term,” said District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington.
        Back at the end of 2013 Arrington announced he was resigning his position on the board of supervisors. But he never did step down.

  • Students clean up at D-Day

    e beach — and getting in serious trouble, — on spring break, a group of students from the University of Wisconsin spent their week off of class helping others.

        The 47 students , members of Students Today Leaders Forever, spent last Monday morning doing grounds clean-up at the National D-Day Memorial. It’s entirely student initiated and student led.
        Ruigi Yan, an English and Commercial Arts major, said these spring break tours are “pay it forward tours.”

  • Some parking fines going up in Bedford

        Some parking fines and late fees are going up in the town of Bedford, the result of action by Bedford Town Council at its last meeting.
        Parking tickets remain at $10 and offenders have an extra three days to pay the fine. But if they fail to pay in a timely matter, the fines will increase to $20.
        There are also significant increases in fees for illegally parking in fire lanes or in handicapped spots.

  • Man charged with abducting woman in Thaxton

        On Tuesday, March 31, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a Roanoke County dispatcher advising they had received a call reporting a female had been abducted by gun point from the Thaxton area of Bedford County.
        The caller further advised that the suspect and victim were at a home in Vinton. Vinton Police responded to the address and located them.

  • Reeter to step down

        Mark Reeter has announced he is stepping down as Bedford County Administrator as of April 30.

  • Chamber honors local businesses

        Susan Martin, president of the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, noted that attendance at the Chamber’s annual business awards dinner has grown to the point that it’s getting hard to find a venue big enough to accommodate the event.

        Thursday night’s dinner filled the Boonsboro Country Club’s dining room and an overflow crowd in another room watched via live video link.

  • The Burn Barrel Gang

    By Chappy Merritt

    Contributing Writer

        What started 28 years ago with a group of family and friends deciding to go camping and watch the races at Martinsville Speedway has evolved into at least a four time annual excursion to the track.
        The group attends both Sprint Cup races, the granddaddy of Late Model races in the fall, the July 4th celebration featuring noted country artists and other events when possible.