Today's News

  • Wear It—Stay Safe!

    With Memorial Day weekend upon us, there will be plenty of opportunities to have fun and stay cool in the water.
        We’re in the middle of National Safe Boating Week (May 19 – 25) which serves as a good reminder for everyone to stay safe while enjoying the water.
        The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is reminding all boaters to remember some important safety tips this boating season. 
        One of the most important – always wear a life jacket while on the water. 

  • Spiritrider offers wagon rides at Explore Park

    By Laura Enderson and Tyler Flynn

    Intern writers

         One of the first commercial ventures to be featured at Roanoke Valley's Explore Park in five years is getting its first hoof in the door.
         Spiritrider Covered Wagon Rides is preparing for its opening on Memorial Day weekend.

  • Chamber sponsors Legislative Wrap-up breakfast

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Legislative Wrap-up breakfast, Wednesday, following a historic General Assembly session.

        It was only the day before that Virginia finally had a budget, signed by the governor. Delegate Lacey Putney, who has been part of 50 General Assembly sessions, has said that he believes that this was the first time in Virginia history that the Senate failed to pass a budget during the regular session.

  • New foot and ankle specialist comes to Bedford Memorial

        Bedford Memorial Hospital hosted a meet-and-greet breakfast, Friday, to welcome Dr. David Cox, a foot and ankle specialist. Dr. Cox opened Forest Foot and Ankle Center late last year and will be practicing at Bedford Memorial.

         An East Tennessee native, Dr. Cox earned his degree from Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1996. He did his residency training at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

  • Artisan Cafe under new management

        The timing was perfect for Ron and Jennifer Siver.

        The couple were relocating to the area and were looking for a business opportunity. Karen Gorneau, meanwhile, was looking for a buyer for the Artisan Cafe. Gorneau has rheumatoid arthritis and needed to spend less time on her feet than running the business would allow.
        “We came here, walked in the door and we were sold,” Ron commented, noting that their first impression of the place was how bright and cheerful it was.

  • Cruzin in Centertown

        More than 200 cars, trucks and motorcycles lined the streets of Centertown Saturday afternoon, twice what organizers had expected for the Cruzin event.

        “All the comments we are getting are very favorable,” stated Sue Montgomery, executive director of Bedford Main Street, Inc.
        In fact, the response was so positive that it’s likely another event will be planned.

  • Preliminary hearing waived on embezzlement charges

        The 26-year-old Evington woman accused of embezzling from Kroger in Forest waived her right to a preliminary hearing May 14.
        Jennifer Elaine Johns faces 15 embezzlement charges, eight felonies and seven misdemeanors. A Bedford County grand jury will now decide whether to indict Johns on the felony charges.

  • Relay for Life Event raises money for Cancer Society

    The weather was perfect for this year's Relay For Life.

        It was sunny and warm, but not hot. A large crowd gathered at the National D-Day Memorial, which opened its facility for the event. Teams that have been raising money for the American Cancer Society walked a paved loop around a grassy area that centers on a replica of Le Monument aux Morts from Trévières in Normandy.

  • City Council takes a look at the budget

        Bedford City Council looked at several items, last week,  as it continued work sessions aimed at developing a budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.
        One item involved Virginia Retirement System (VRS) contributions mandated by the state. City Manager Charles Kolakowski’s proposal calls for an approach that will result in no pay loss for employees. The state mandate calls for a 5 percent increase in employee VRS contributions, but permits localities to take a multi-year approach in implementing this.

  • Poplar Forest provides chance for families to learn together

    By Laura Enderson