Today's News

  • 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.

  • Honey Bee helps owner to safety

        Eight years ago, Elsie Hatcher’s son, Mark, and his family gave her a Golden Retriever puppy as a Christmas gift.

        “It was such a surprise,” Hatcher said.
        The puppy — Hatcher named her Honey Bee — was the last of her litter and Hatcher said her daughter-in-law chose that particular puppy because the way she sat made her look regal. Hatcher said Honey Bee is very good with her grandson and gets excited when he comes over. The boy plays with her.    

  • Lady Cavs seek repeat


    It’s tough when the act you have to follow is yourself.

    The Jefferson Forest girls’ soccer team, the crew that stormed its way to the State 4A finals last year, faces a tall order in trying to match that feat.

    In will be especially daunting, given the quality of the players which have moved on via graduation.  For starters, the Lady Cavs lost the Gatorade National Player of the Year in Katie Cousins.  Ouch!

    Also taking her sheepskin was all-time (boys and girls) school scoring leader Cassidy Ratliff.  Owee!

  • Bell tower renovation to start soon

        A full-scale renovation of the Bedford County Courthouse’s bell tower is expected to begin within 45 days, according to County Administrator Mark Reeter. The courthouse’s front will be enveloped in scaffolding.

  • Vaccine helps keep recruits healthy

        A vaccine developed here in Bedford County has virtually eliminated what Colonel Arthur Lyons, an Army doctor, called the “scourge of basic training camps.”

  • Running to help

        Noah Coughlan passed through Bedford, Thursday, on his quest to run across the United States.

        “I am on day 26,” he said.
        He’s also on his second pair of shoes.
        And, he’s on his third run across the United States — his first was in2011.

  • Group seeks to promote Amtrak station in Bedford

        Community Leaders from the town of Bedford and from Bedford and Franklin counties are hoping their initiative will convince Amtrak to place a stop in Bedford.

  • WDBJ releases statement on employment history of shooter; Reporter and photographer killed during live interview; gunmen dies after shooting himself


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    Statement of Jeffrey Marks, president and general manager, WDBY Television Inc. on employment of Vester Flanagan at the station



    Vester Flanagan was employed by WDBJ7 as a reporter between March 2012 and February 2013. Flanagan applied for the position using the air name of Bryce Williams. As part of WDBJ's standard protocol his background check resulted in positive references.