Today's News

  • We’ll be watching

    Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte will head back to Washington in January with a lot more seniority — and a great deal more responsibility, both to the Republican Party and, even more importantly, to the citizens he represents.

  • Derrick Alexander’s Barber Shop opens

    A new barbershop, Derrick Alexander’s Barber Shop, just opened in Bedford. The shop first opened its doors on Oct. 20, next door to Jackson Hewitt on West Main Street.

  • No decision yet on band position for Forest zone

        The Bedford County School Board plans to make a decision on whether to restore a band instructor position to the Forest zone band program next month. This position, which is located at Forest Middle School, had been cut when the budget for the current school year was developed earlier this year.

  • Vets turn out for ceremony

    The National D-Day Memorial held its annual Veterans’ Day commemoration at 11 a.m. Thursday.

  • Plant honors veterans

    The Georgia Pacific mill at Big Island has made a habit of saluting veterans every year. The tradition began when Larry Wilcher and Zoe Miles brought up the idea in 2002, and management liked it.

        “Freedom isn’t free,” said Eldon Brammer, the mill’s general  manager as he spoke before a training room packed with veterans ranging from two retirees who served in World War II to much younger vets.

  • Drug bust

    A routine traffic stop resulted in two Bedford men now facing drug charges.

  • On trial — again

    There’s a different courtroom, but the parties involved in the murder trial of Wesley Earnest are the same: Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance is heading up the prosecution; Joseph Sanzone the defense; and Judge James Updike is applying the needed interpretations of the law to the trial as it unfolds.

  • Promoting tourism, business

    Bedford City Council received an update from Bedford Main Street and the Welcome Center during its meeting last week.

        After two soggy Centerfests in a row, this year’s event benefited from good weather. Dan Plattus, Main Street’s office manager, said that Centerfest brought 17,000 people into Bedford’s Centertown. Plattus said that the organization expanded the festival’s footprint this year to additional streets. That meant that vendors were not crowded.

  • Property values down, overall, in county

    Property values in Bedford County are going down.

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors learned, at a work session last week, the results of the real estate reassessment that was completed this year.
        Don Thomas, of Wingate & Associates, told the supervisors that the company had assessed 47,000 parcels and the average value had decreased by 2.71 percent from last year’s taxable base.
        This, however, varied a great deal according to the type of property and where it was located.

  • Sports commentary: Return this idea to sender

     Jamie the Mailman keeps telling me that he wants to see a BCS championship game featuring Boise State and Texas Christian (TCU).

    One of the great things about this job is that I can use this space to publicly point out how wrong Jamie the Mailman is.