Today's News

  • The Way of Saint James

        What did you do on your summer break?

        For Lloyd Parker, who teaches World History at Forest Middle School, it was hiking 561 miles across Spain. Lloyd, his wife, Robbi, along with their daughter, Meaghan, and son, Cailean, followed El Camino de Santiago, The Way of Saint James.
        The Roman empire and the Middle Ages are the areas of history that particularly fascinate Parker and this hike put him in direct contact with both.

  • Plane crash injured two

        A plane crash Sunday near Smith Mountain Lake sent two people to the hospital.

        According to Virginia State Police, a Cessna single engine aircraft was attempting to make a landing at Smith Mountain Lake Airport,  Sunday  afternoon when the pilot overshot the runway. When the pilot attempted to pull up for another landing attempt, the plane lost power, hit some trees and caught fire.

  • School board hires architect

        The Bedford County School Board took another step toward making a new middle school in the Liberty zone a reality.
        Thursday night, the school board voted unanimously to hire Moseley Architects to design the new middle school and the competitive gym at Liberty High School.
        “I am very confident they will do an outstanding job on this project,” commented School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler.

  • BCSO: Facebook hoax

        Some of you may have seen the following post on Facebook:

  • Christian Fellowship holds prayer breakfast

        Bedford Christian Fellowship held its annual 9/11 prayer breakfast at Main Street United Methodist Church, Friday. 

  • Supervisors look at fire and rescue funding

        Fire and rescue issues dominated Monday night’s board of supervisors meeting.
        Forest Fire Department Chief Monty Coleman, speaking to the supervisors, said that it is still difficult for fire companies to set budgets and some of the smaller fire departments in the county are in the red.
        “We need to look at raising the base amount,” said Coleman.

  • Brown makes it official — he’s running

        Sheriff Mike Brown officially announced his candidacy for another term as Bedford County’s sheriff before an audience of more than 100 people who filled the conference room at Central Virginia Community College’s Bedford campus last week. Brown was first elected in 1995.

        Robert Carson, town councilman and chairman of the Bedford Chapter of the NAACP, introduced Brown.

  • Confederate flag group makes donations

        A Bedford County Confederate flag group, called Battle Flag Rally for Freedom, raised money during their rally in the Wall-Mart parking lot earlier this month.

        According to Kelly Bowles, a member of Rally, their group is affiliated with Virginia Flaggers, but they are a separate Bedford County group. Bowles said they collected toys for Toys for Tots and funds for the American Cancer Society and the National Kidney Foundation. Friday, Bowles and Matt Daniels delivered the food they collected to Bedford Christian Ministries.

  • Smooth move: New Habitat House goes up

        Bedford Habitat for Humanity set its newest Habitat house on its foundation in Bedford last week.

        The house has a crawlspace, but this is a state-of-the art crawlspace using pre-cast concrete sections. It is completely sealed from the outside and air from the house’s heating and cooling system circulates through it. This will lower the homeowners’ utility bills and keep the crawl space dry.

  • Club Z! offers tutoring option for local students

    Jennifer Whitt always loved to teach.

        So it is natural when she decided to get back into the work force after raising her children she would return to the education field. Last September she launched her tutoring business, Club Z!, based in Forest.