Today's News

  • Farm Bureau event honors local agriculture

        Bedford County Farm Bureau held its annual dinner last week, looking at achievements over the past year.

        W. P. Johnson, the local Farm Bureau president, began the evening with a video on The Meadow Event Park. The Virginia Farm Bureau acquired this property, formerly a major race horse breeding farm, in 2013. The property was the site of this year’s Virginia State Fair.

  • Rain didn’t stop Big Island Mill celebration

        Fire and floods didn’t stop the paper mill at Big Island.

        And a rainy Saturday didn’t stop the big event that capped off the mill’s 125th anniversary celebration. The big pavilion at Sedalia Center provided shelter for those attending the event, as well as the band that entertained them. Tents provided further shelter.
        Those attending, including Jim Hannan, Georgia-Pacific’s chief executive officer, lined up in the drizzle to get burgers and fries at a food truck.

  • Florida man sentenced for armed robbery of Forest sonic

        A Florida man was sentenced Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court to 16 years in prison for the armed robbery of a Sonic in Forest on Feb. 8, 2014.
        Matthew Edward Kukulski, 28, had two weeks earlier robbed the home of his mother and step father. Among the items taken were four firearms. Two of these firearms were used by him and an accomplice in the armed robbery of the Sonic. His accomplice, Caitlin Williams, was sentenced last year, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance.

  • BCSO takes on creepy clowns

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is taking on the “Creepy Clown” fad.
        According to a news release from the sheriff, there have been five reported incidents investigated by the BCSO with no credible sightings.

  • Catfishing scam targets local residents

        “I loved him…he was very kind, very respectful, and said I was to be cherished.”
        One Virginia woman has lost $9,000, while another was asked to send $65,000, in a sophisticated love scheme that is targeting area users of a popular dating website.
        In a scam known as ‘Catfishing’ a man pretending to live in Roanoke is using a false identity on Match.com and tricking legitimate users out of thousands of dollars.

  • Dittmar seeks 5th seat

        Jane Dittmar, the 5th District Democrats’ nominee for the 5th District House of Representatives seat being vacated by Congressman Robert Hurt, stopped by local Democratic headquarters in Bedford, Friday.

  • Supporting education

        The Bedford Area Education Foundation held a breakfast, Thursday, to showcase what it is doing for the county’s schools and what the schools are doing.

        The Education Foundation was started in 2001 with the goal of raising private donations to provide funds for grants to county teachers. The idea is to supplement what the school division provides. During its 15-year history, the Foundation has given $275,500 in grants. During the last school year, the Foundation made $19,368 in grants.

  • School Board looks for options on baseball field for LHS

    School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler spoke to Town Council last week, during the work session that preceded the regular 7 p.m meeting,  asking for improvements to the ball field at Liberty Lake Park that would allow the Liberty High School (LHS) baseball team to use it as a practice field.
        Hostutler said that the Liberty Lake ball field is a Plan B option. 
        “The ideal scenario is [for the baseball team] to play the 2017 season at  its current field and the 2018 season at the new field,” he said.

  • Centerfest, Home Tour kick off Friday

        This Friday kicks off two of the area’s biggest events of the year—Centerfest in Centertown Bedford and the Charity Home Tour at Smith Mountain Lake.
        Centerfest, one of Virginia’s largest outdoor street festivals, marks its 35th year October 7-8.

  • Scam alert

        Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call this week from a citizen reporting that he  had received a call that he believed to be a possible scam.
        The citizen said the caller identified himself as a Bedford County Sheriff’s deputy and advised that he would be arrested unless he sent them money. The citizen said that the number that showed on his caller ID read “Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.” He also said the caller was a man with a foreign accent.