Today's News

  • Dealing with feral cats

        A local group wants to convince Bedford that doing right by animals is also doing right for taxpayers.

        “The issue of too many dogs and cats impacts each Bedford resident, whether you love animals or not,” says Rebecca Klahn who co-founded Bedford Cares three years ago. “That’s where your money goes. Even if I didn’t care about cats and dogs, I wouldn’t want my tax dollars going to euthanize them. I would want them spent on education or roads or a ton of other things that need to be done.”

  • Area loses aviation legend

        Bedford lost an aviation legend last week.

        Rucker Tibbs, who turned 92 on Sept. 19, passed into history on Oct. 13. As late as last summer, Tibbs, an expert aircraft mechanic, was still running the fixed base operation at New London Airport.
        He was  renowned among local aircraft owners and mechanics for being able to accurately diagnose an aircraft engine problem by listening to its sound over a cell phone. He was also known for a cheerful, politically incorrect, sense of humor.

  • Police vehicles involved in accidents

    Two accidents involving area law enforcement officers are being investigated by the Virginia State Police.
        Last Tuesday, Oct. 13 at about 1:15 a.m., Bedford Police received a report of a car traveling at a high rate of speed in the wrong direction on US 460, coming into town, according to Chief Todd Foreman.
        Officer Trista McCrickard, driving the department’s Domestic Violence patrol car—a 2014 Dodge Charger —responded to the call.

  • Deputies receive pay raise

        Last week the Bedford County Board of Supervisors took action, by a 6-0 vote, that will give an $1,800 per year pay raise to county deputies who complete the police academy.
        The pay raise starts retroactive to Oct. 1 and will go to deputies ranked sergeant or below. The raises will also include animal control officers.

  • Supervisors dump trash collection site

        Bedford County staff will be looking for a another site for a trash collection and recycling center in the Stewartsville area after last week’s board of supervisors meeting.
        The supervisors voted 5-1, with District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington absent, to deny a special use permit for the center. The center was to be located at a 3-acre site at the intersection of Va. 24 and Drewery Hill Road the county purchased for that purpose back in August. The new center was intended to replace the existing Stewartsville collection center.

  • Bedford man dies in accident

        Virginia State Police Trooper M. R. Heath is investigating a fatal crash that occurred Sunday, October 18, killing one local man.
         The crash occurred at 10:47 p.m. on Fancy Farm Rd (Route 644) one half mile east of Route 43 in Bedford County.
        A 1998 Ford Crown Victoria was traveling west on Route 644 when it ran off the roadway on the right side, overcorrected then ran off the left side of the roadway, through a fence and overturned, according to a report from VSP.

  • Republicans open headquarters at SML Parkway

        Bedford County’s Republicans opened their county headquarters this week on Smith Mountain Lake Parkway, near White House Corner.

        According to Nate Boyer, the local Republican Party’s chairman, this site was chosen because Republicans are only in two contested races, locally. Sheriff Mike Brown is seeking reelection to a county-wide office. David Suetterlein is seeking election to the 19th Senate District, which includes the Lake area of the county.

  • Rural Bike Patrol

        Starting a Rural Bike Patrol for a county as big as Bedford’s—764 square miles in all—might seem like a task worthy of tilting at wind mills.

  • Celebrating 40 years!

        Little Town Players (LTP) is getting ready to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
        Its first season was the 1976-1977 season, but it got started when the Vestry of St. John’s Episcopal Church sponsored a play called “Our Town.” The play was performed at Bedford Middle School’s auditorium and the play’s reception by the community led to the creation of LTP.

        The first season included three one-act plays.

  • Being ready for anything

        Bedford firefighters rescued a 3-year-old girl, late Friday night, after her leg got stuck in a drain pipe.

        According to Bedford Fire Chief Brad Creasy, the girl accidentally stepped into an uncapped clean-out to a septic line behind her house. Her leg went in all the way to her thigh and she was unable to pull it out.