Today's News

  • Bedford Police Chief to retire

        Jimmy Carter was president and interest rates on home mortgages were at 21 percent.

        The late ‘70s weren’t a good time to be selling real estate, but that’s what James Day was doing back then. So he started applying for other jobs, including with the Roanoke Police Department.
        He got the job and what started out as an interim job—two or three years until the real estate market came back—became his career.

  • Grand jury indicts father of dead child

        The father of a 2-year-old child who died in late February has been indicted for two counts of child abuse and neglect.
        Michael Anthony Smith was indicted by a Bedford County grand jury this month on two counts of felony child abuse and neglect and one count of manufacturing methamphetamines. Smith is scheduled to appear in circuit court July 29 for a plea on the charges, according to court records.

  • Flushed

        A decision by the Bedford Regional Water Authority’s (BRWA) board of directors last week put an end to a local developer’s plan for a public/private partnership to extend a sewer line to Moneta Elementary School.

  • Two dead at Evington home

        The investigation is continuing into the discovery of two partially decomposed bodies found this weekend at an Evington home.

        On Saturday July 19, at 1:30 p.m., a Bedford County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a home located at 2478 Tucker Terrace, Evington, after receiving a call from a neighbor, according to Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.
        Ruby Laughon is listed as the owner of the property where the bodies were discovered.

  • Camp comes back to JF


    They're baaa-aack!

    After an absence of a dozen (or so) years, the summer baseball camp at Jefferson Forest is back in business.  As such, Jim Thacker Field (behind Forest Middle School) was alive with the shouts, laughter, pings of the bat and baseball-on-leather sounds associated with our national pastime.

    Jefferson Forest Head Coach Ryan Gilleland hosted the camp, which drew the vast majority of its 40 participants from the eastern part of our county.

  • Photo of the Week


    This issue's Photo of the Week was taken and sent into us by Becky Roberts, yet another member of the Forest Photography Club.

    Becky is a former resident of Bedford, now living in Lynchburg, where she has a part-time business called "My Second Chance Photography."  She only needed one chance to get this beaut of a shot of the Humpback Bridge, in Covington.  

  • Hunters honing handiness


    Life is all about continuous improvement.

    So is the Virginia Hunter Skills Weekend, set to run Aug. 22-24.

    Hosted by Appomattox's Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center, the weekend is an inexpensive but knowledge-packed event which can be useful to virtually anyone.

  • Sports commentary: I'm gonna...





    That was the chain of sounds I heard the other day.

    Playing senior softball (for those 50 years and older), we had a bit of a situation.  My good friend Marvin was pitching.  Another good friend, Al, was at the plate.

    The cracking sound was the ball coming off Al's bat.

    The thwocking sound was said ball hitting Marvin squarely in the coconut.

    The thudding sound was Marvin hitting the ground.

  • Sunday is no fun-day at the park


    It's a bit early in the year for football.

    But, it's not too early for football-like scores.

    Such was the case this past Sunday afternoon, when Big Island Post 217 fell to Lynchburg's Post 16 to the tune of 21-16.

    21-16?  That's a robust score when you're building it with touchdowns and the like.  But, in baseball? Oy!

  • Two decomposing bodies found at Evington home

    Two decomposing bodies have been discovered at an Evington home.

    On Saturday July 19, at 1:30 p.m., a Bedford County sheriff’s deputy responded to a home at Tucker Terrace, Evington, after receiving a call from a neighbor, according to Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.