Today's News

  • 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.

  • Shentel makes Forbes list for 2nd year

        Shentel has been named to the Forbes 2014 list of 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America.
        Shentel’s inclusion on the list marks the second consecutive year in which the company has been awarded this honor, which recognizes organizations who have demonstrated exemplary trustworthy business practices over the previous year.

  • He’s been a mentor to many at the BPD

        If you ever happened to be at the Bedford YMCA when Sgt. Charles Nelms of the Bedford Police Department was lifting weights, you knew why it was foolish for anybody to try to resist arrest when he hauled that person in. In his prime, Nelms bench pressed 365 pounds.

        Nelms officially retired on July 1 and the Police Department held a farewell dinner for him at Olde Liberty Station Monday. During the dinner, officers who worked with him and for him offered compliments and some humorous stories.

  • Agencies work together at Cop Camp

        This year’s Cop Camp, the 10th year of the event, accommodated 150 youth, the most ever according to Lt. Todd Foreman of the Bedford Police Department.

        He said the number of slots they have depends on the number of adults, and the amount of money available.
        “We ran the camp off donations,” Lt. Foreman said.

  • Accident injures four in Bedford

        An accident late Monday afternoon in Bedford sent four people to area hospitals, though no injuries appeared to be life threatening.

        According to Lt. Todd Foreman of the Bedford Police Department, around 4:40 p.m. a blue Toyota Camry, which was northbound on Independence Boulevard, apparently crossed the center line of the road and struck a Land Rover, which was southbound at the time of the accident.

  • 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.