Today's News

  • Putney says Commonwealth is in a state of flux

    Delegate Lacey Putney described the Commonwealth as being in a state of flux following this month's election.

    Putney was the featured speaker at the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce's annual State of the Commonwealth luncheon, Tuesday. Putney, an independent, caucuses with the Republicans in the House of Delegates. Republicans retained control of the House by a 55 to 45 margin. Democrats will control the senate.

    "The coming session is certainly going to be unique," Putney said.

    "I feel optimistic that there is going to be a spirit of cooperation," he went on to say.

  • Teen pleads guilty to dealing drugs

    Last December Justin Berger of Lynchburg was walking around as an 18-year-old teen with $4,000 cash in his pocket and another $12,000 at his home ? and he didn't have a regular job.

    Now that money is in the hands of law enforcement officials and Berger stands guilty of three counts of distribution of cocaine and one count of possession with the intent to distribute. Berger pleaded guilty in Bedford County Circuit Court last week to the charges and faces five to 40 years on each count.

  • Projects move ahead

    During a lengthy meeting that extended to 11 p.m., last week, Bedford County's planning commission gave a thumbs up to two projects.

  • D. Reynolds celebrates 60 years

    D. Reynolds celebrated 60 years in business last week.

    The men's clothing store has been at the same location on South Bridge Street in Bedford since William Dawson Reynolds opened it on Nov. 14, 1947. It's a bit larger than it originally was.

    "It was two separate stores when I came here," said Ruth Crouch, the store's manager. Crouch has been there since 1963 and has managed the store for the past 33 years.

    Back in 1947, W. Dawson Reynolds' brother, Alex, opened a shoe store next door. A door connected the two businesses.

  • Duchess of Bedford's new owner tastes business ownership

    For Becky Turner owning your own business was something always in the back of her mind. She is now the new owner of The Duchess of Bedford, the town's popular bakery and breakfast and luncheon stop.

    As a child she never cooked. "Mama would never let us in the kitchen. We made such a mess," she explained. "I did Pampered Chef to stock my kitchen because I did enjoy cooking and it is much more enjoyable with the right tools."

  • Hunters for the Hungry primed for hunting, holiday seasons

    With deer season coming into full swing, the opportunity for hunters and non-hunters to help their fellow Virginians presents itself through the Hunters for the Hungry program.

    Hunters for the Hungry (H4H), has set an ambitious target of facilitating the movement of 360,000 pounds of meat from the woodlands of Virginia to the supper tables of the state?s neediest families.

  • From Minutemen to Ironmen

    In the mid-1980s, a couple of jocks graduated from Liberty High School. Kevin Willis and Chris Tharp were fast friends who played football for the Minutemen. Willis was a middle linebacker and Tharp was a slightly-built defensive lineman. They played for Dr. John Walker, and ?You walked a straight line under him,? according to Willis.

    Fast forward twenty-some years, and the two are teammates again. Only now, instead of tackling Cavaliers and Bees, the two are taking on the grueling course of the Ironman world.

  • Marathon Man

    Editor?s note: Bill Vickery, a resident of Bedford, recently ran in the Richmond Marathon. He was invited to share some of the experiences he had in training up for the race.

    The Training

    Training for a marathon is like having to eat your peas before dessert, except in this case, there are so many peas you wonder if it is worth it. I trained for the Richmond marathon for two months. I ran the marathon to raise money for the Bedford Hospice Hardy Fund.

  • Barry Bonds' plight--Commentary

    So, Barry Bonds was indicted by a federal grand jury last week. Is anybody surprised?

    I'm no Barry Bonds fan, nor am I an apologist for the man. In my opinion, he is a gifted athlete who has shown zero regard for the fans. His selfishness is legion. Also, it is obvious that the guy bulked up somehow.

    I question the merit of putting Bonds behind bars. This has been a witch hunt, plain and simple. And Bonds makes a pretty good witch. Now, the talking heads are wringing their hands, decrying the end of baseball as we know it.

  • Bee-wildering

    There was no rest for the weary, while the well-rested ran roughshod.

    Liberty limped into Stinger Stadium for its VHSL Regional semifinal against top-seeded Brookville. The Minutemen limped out of the joint following a 42-14 pasting at the hands of the Bees.