Today's News

  • Bedford flies the Tricolor

        French flags, paired with American flags, were placed on street light poles in Bedford’s Centertown, Monday. The flags are due to the terrorist attack in Paris over the weekend and Town Manager Charlie Kolakowski said this was done to show solidarity with the French — showing solidarity at a time of tragedy.

        Kolakowski  said the  idea came from a  citizen who called his office.
        “I thought it was a good idea,” he said.

  • Big Island man honored for his actions in Vietnam

        Roger Goff was 20 when he was killed in action in Vietnam in 1967. He was awarded the Bronze Star, posthumously, for his action that day. He was killed while dragging wounded men to safety.

        It was April 28, 1967, and his unit became involved in an intense firefight.

  • Memorial salutes veterans

        A crowd of almost 900 people turned out on a sunny, pleasant morning last week for the National D-Day Memorial’s annual Veterans Day program.

        Veterans Day originally started as Armistice Day, shortly after World War I, to commemorate the armistice that took effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, ending that war.

  • Reversing the vote

        Last month, the supervisors voted 5-1, with District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington absent, to reject a special use permit to construct a trash collection site on a three acre property in Stewartsville at the intersection of Va. 24 and Drewrys Hill Road.

  • Senior Sock Hop

        The Bedford Area YMCA held a “Senior Sock Hop,” an event that Linda Lacy hopes will be an annual event. The ‘50s and ‘60s themed dance was held at the Y on a recentFriday night.

  • Election 2015: The results are in

        This year’s state and local election, held on a sunny day with mild temperatures, brought out a larger than anticipated percentage of voters. Preliminary figures show that 21 percent of registered voters in Bedford County cast ballots last Tuesday.

        Voters reelected Sheriff Mike Brown by a margin of 76 percent with 10,225 voters casting ballots to reelect him.   Charles  Stebbins received 24 percent of the vote with 3,160 votes cast in his favor.

  • Would you kiss a pig?

        A pig paid a visit to Oakwood Manor, Friday.

  • Rotary project promotes reading at Blue Ridge Parkway, Big Island

        The Blue Ridge Parkway had some heartburn over the Bedford Rotary Club’s original design for a Little Free Library at the Peaks of Otter Lodge — specifically the Cat in the Hat painting and the Bedford Rotary plaque on it.

  • Art students partner with Army Reserve Center on project

        A Liberty High School (LHS) art project is drawing attention to the new Army Reserve Center on U. S. 460. The students spent last Thursday afternoon painting some stacked hay bales.

        Melissa Friedwald, who teaches the Art 1, Adaptive Art and Digital Art classes oversaw the project, which was done by her third period Art 1 class.  Friedwald commented that she “usually doesn’t get to do the fun projects.”

  • Soering again seeking release to Germany

        Convicted double murderer Jens Soering is again trying to talk a Virginia governor into releasing him into the hands of German authorities.
        But Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is adamantly against it.
        According to a recent lengthy article on Soering in the New Yorker, a member of Soering’s defense team has contacted the governor’s office about allowing him to return to his native Germany to serve his sentence.