Today's News

  • Big Island Post 217: Sweet and sour


    For a team with a lot of LCA guys on it, Big Island Post 217 didn't show a lot of love to the crew from Christiansburg.

    Big Island got its American Legion season off to a roar.  That roaring noise came from the bats of the 217ers.  Four homers were smacked, as Quentin Palmer (twice), Cameron Byrd and Hunter Johnson each tapped a tater.

    Keyton Elliot had a pair of doubles and single, while Gavin Porpora had a pair of hits and a couple of RBIs.

  • Citizens: Hire new tourism director

        Several people spoke Monday evening,  during the citizen comment period that precedes every board of supervisors meeting, urging the county leaders to act soon to hire a new tourism director.
        The job came open last month when the previous tourism director, Sergei Troubetzkoy, left to take a job with Lynchburg starting that city’s first tourism department.

  • Australian Army donates flag

        The National D-Day Memorial flies the flags of every allied nation that had forces that participated in the D-Day landings.

        The hilltop where the Memorial is located is probably the windiest spot in Bedford and the flags take a beating whipping in the wind everyday. Volunteers make repairs to them but, eventually, the flags must be replaced.

  • Dooley thanks council for fireworks support

        Andy Dooley, the Bedford Moose Lodge’s administrator and chairman of its fireworks committee, spoke to Bedford Town Council last week.
        “I thanked them for the donation and allowing public works to help us with the current fireworks,” he said in a phone interview.
        The town had made a $2,000 donation to support this year’s fireworks display.

  • Out for a walk? How about picking up some litter along the way!

        A lot of people walk places in Bedford and the Keep Bedford Beautiful Commission (KBBC) has and idea about how to use all those eyes to help keep Bedford Beautiful.
        According to Ann Wood, KBBC’s chairman, the commission is encouraging people who walk the loop to pick up trash they find and take it to the first trash barrel they come to. Wood said the town has trash barrels on the loop. They are also encouraging people to pick up trash wherever they may see it.

  • Raising funds, building young men is ongoing mission of camp founder

        Dr. William B. Robertson is a brilliant fundraiser. Camp Virginia Jaycee exists because of his fundraising prowess.

        He is also a builder of men. This past week he was in the area doing both.

    The camp
        Back in 1968, Dr. Robertson got the vision for building a camp for special needs people, along with the idea of how to raise money to build it. His idea was to by jars of apple jelly, wholesale, for 15 cents each and sell them for $1 each.

  • Horse and Hound Wine Festival is Saturday

        Johnson’s Orchards will present its annual Horse and Hound Wine Festival, Saturday.

        The Festival is kid-friendly and dog-friendly eventwith a Kiddie Koral and a dog play area. People visiting the Festival are invited to bring both their children and their dogs.

  • A Labor of Love

        If you enjoy Smith Mountain Lake, then you should thank Dr. Jeffrey Fong.

        Smith Mountain Lake exists because Smith Mountain Dam holds back the Roanoke River at a gap in Smith Mountain. Dr. Fong is the engineer who designed the dam.

  • Bedford Memorial now part of Centra

        Bedford Memorial Hospital held a picnic on its front lawn, July 1, to formally mark its first day as part of Centra’s hospital system.

        “This is the day the Lord has made,” said Laura Carey, one of the hospital’s volunteer chaplains and the first speaker.
        Carey was born in the old John Russell Hospital, which Bedford Memorial replaced.
        “They were getting ready to tear it down and I had to be born,” she commented.

  • Accolades continue

        “The accolades that have come to me are greater than they should have been,” commented former Delegate Lacey Putney a few weeks after receiving an honorary doctorate from Liberty University.
        This year marked the first General Assembly session that Putney was not a part of in more than half a century. First elected in 1961, Putney never lost an election in his life. He retired last year after announcing that he would not seek reelection.