Today's News

  • Cintas Safety, Wellness Day draws nearly 200

        This is the third year that Cintas has turned its Cintas Safety and Wellness Day into a large event with employees’ family members invited. This year’s event, held Friday, drew nearly 200 people.

        According to Heath Wright, the health and safety coordinator, the event is intended to emphasize safety both at work and in the community.
        A number of health care providers and organizations were on hand with informational booths ranging from the Red Cross to Bedford Memorial Hospital.

  • Martin seeks to break ‘Pharaoh’s Curse’

    People have often joked about a “Pharaoh’s Curse” on people selected by the Bedford County Board of Supervisors to fill an unexpired term on the board. Over the last two decades these people, without fail, have been defeated by a challenger.

  • Chamber holds Town Hall; reversion discussed

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Town Hall lunch at Liberty Lake Park last week. The event gives Chamber members a chance to hear from city and county representatives.

        District 2 Supervisor Curry Martin spoke of the high points of the past several months.
        Martin believes appointing a new county administrator was the supervisors most important decision. The county hired Mark Reeter this spring.

  • A fond farewell: School board honors its city counterparts—and one of its own

    school board. District 2 school board member Jason Johnson noted that VanDerwerker signed his high school diploma. She was vice chairman of the school board that year.

        “I’m the only one on the school board who can say, ‘Mrs. VanDerwerker signed my high school diploma,’” Johnson said.
        VanDerwerker spoke her last official words as a member of the Bedford County School Board at the end of the meeting.
        “I move we adjourn,” she said

  • County will take part in library study

        Bedford County’s supervisors voted at their June 10 meeting not to participate with Lynchburg and Campbell County in a regional library study.
        But that wasn’t the last word,
        Monday night, a change in that decision came because District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek, who had voted with the majority the last time, reversed course. Cheek was able to have the issue revisited because he voted with the majority at the prior meeting.

  • Thaxton resident takes her students on a trip back in time

        A group of students at the Community School in Hollins spent much of this spring exploring Bedford’s history, thanks to a Thaxton resident who teaches at the school.

  • Filling in the sinkhole

        A sinkhole that appeared Sunday shut down one lane of traffic in the eastbound lane of US 460 in Bedford, just past the Wal-Mart intersection.

        The sinkhole appeared around 4 p.m. Sunday, reported by a Trooper with the Virginia State Police.
        Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation and the city of Bedford were on the scene late Sunday afternoon. VDOT had blocked off the lane and corrective measures began Monday.

  • Sports commentary: No fight left


    I'm not much of a golfer.  

    In fact, I'm not a golfer at all, having finally ditched my bag of sorry clubs a few years ago.

    The only golfing adventure I've had since then involved trying to get the ball through a windmill's blades or into the kangaroo's pouch at Pedro's Putt-Putt Paradise.

    I also don't watch the sport, having made the wife promise to shoot me, should she ever find me perched in front of the Golf Channel.  It is a promise she does not take lightly.

  • Looking for a rebound


    Sisyphus had his boulder.

    Hercules had his twelve labors.

    Henry the Fifth had his Agincort.

    Then, there's Amanda McCoy.

    The most recent volleyball head coach at William Byrd, McCoy is set to assume the orb and scepter that come with taking over the program at Liberty High this autumn.

    It is, indeed, a great challenge.  Liberty won a single match last season and has not finished in the top half of the Seminole District for at least the past eight years.

  • Always a Cavalier


    Once a Cavalier, always a Cavalier.

    Such is the case for Ryan Gilleland, who was recently named as the new head coach of the Jefferson Forest baseball program.

    In a move that shocked absolutely nobody, Gilleland was chosen to take over the mantle vacated by Jim Thacker, who resigned after 28 years as skipper.

    Sure we all have red blood (readers from planet Vulcan aside).  But Gilleland bleeds Jeff Forest red.  He grew up in the Forest area, watching his idols win a State title in 1988.