Today's News

  • Roadside Market becomes new community post office

        There was a time in the past when post offices in rural communities were often in general stores. Now, in an effort to expand its services, the Postal Service is going back to that concept with community post offices. Roadside Market (the BP station in Montvale) recently became the third such post office in Southwestern Virginia.

  • Rustic run benefits cancer healing, wellness program

        It’s time to take a 5k run through Johnson’s Orchard for a worthy cause. The annual event aims to raise money for a wellness program at the Bedford area YMCA for cancer patients.

        The program—A Path to Healing, a Bridge to Wellness—grew out of Nancy Johnson’s personal experience with cancer. She noted that there were opportunities available to help cancer patients cope with the cancer, and the side effects of the treatment, but you couldn’t get them all in one place.

  • Bedford Antique Mall has a new home

        If you’ve driven past the former Golden Corral building on U. S. 460, on the west end of Bedford, you’ve probably noticed cars parked out front. Nobody’s coming there for lunch anymore, but rather to buy antiques. Bedford Antique Mall moved into the building on March 1.

        Valerie Almond, who, along with her husband John, owns the business, said the move was preceded by a major cleanup as the building had been vacant for eight years. However, it offered them plenty of space in a high visibility location.

  • Bedford Chamber honors local business

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce honored local businesses at its annual awards dinner,  held at Trivium, Thursday evening.

        GruvenCat Bakery won the Home-Based Business Award.

  • Music program gets honor

        The Stewartsville Elementary School music program seems to be hitting all of the right notes these days.

        And for doing so, it has been awarded the Support Music 2013 Merit Award for Best Communities in Music Education.
        The school was one of only 66 schools nationwide to receive this honor and the only one in Virginia. Stewartsville        Principal Susan Mele said the honor brings positive attention to the music program.

  • Fires destroy homes

        A fire early Monday afternoon at a residence along Virginia Byway, Route 43, about seven miles south of Bedford, destroyed a home and shut down the road for several hours.

  • W-rec-ked by Reversion

    By Mike Forster
    and Tom Wilmoth

        The painful side of reversion showed itself last week, as Bedford City Parks and Recreation employees were informed that their department might cease to exist on July 1.
        While the move means that two city employees will probably lose their jobs, there is much more to it than that.

  • At least four will seek GOP nomination for 19th House District

        At least four hopefuls have thrown their hat in the ring to secure the Republican nomination for the House of Delegates seat being vacated by 19th District Delegate Lacey Putney.
        Jim Crosby, Jerry R. Johnson, Jim McKelvey and Zach Martin have all announced their intention to seek the nomination.
        A firehouse primary will be held Tuesday, May 7 from 6-9 p.m. for the Republican nomination at three locations: Alleghany County/Covington City, Botetourt County and Bedford City/County.

    Zach Martin

  • Putney won't run again

        Normally at this time of year, Delegate Lacey Putney announces his intention to run for reelection. This year is different.

        “After several weeks of consideration and deliberation, I have decided not to seek another term in the Virginia House of Delegates,” Putney wrote in a news release.

  • Never defeated: Putney ending 52-years of service

        Delegate Lacey Putney has never lost an election.