Today's News

  • Church news (week of May 30, 2012)

    Mary Virginia Woodford Spradlin, 94, of Altavista, died Monday, May 21, 2012 in Virginia Baptist Hospital. She was born Nov. 23, 1917 in Bedford County, a daughter of the late Ella Catherine Wood Woodford and Joel Shepherd Woodford. She was the last of thirteen children surviving.
    Mary was a member of Ephesus United Methodist Church. She was employed at Rubatex Corp. for over 20 years.
    In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, John Aubrey Spradlin.

  • BC Fire & Rescue updates cleanup from hazardous spill in Montvale

    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue responded to an overturned tanker that resulted in a fatality for the driver on Monday night.
    The tanker truck was carrying 5,700 gallons of gasoline and 2,500 gallons of diesel at the time it overturned. The regional hazardous materials team working with VDEM were able to recover 1,250 gallons of gasoline, the rest poured out onto the roadway and soil in the eastbound travel lanes of 460 which has resulted in traffic being routed into west bound lanes around the site.

  • Be safe while enjoying the water

    By Marci L. Stone, MBA, EFO
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue
         Summer is typically a good time for families and friends to gather and enjoy the variety of water related activities that Virginia has to offer.
        Whether it is at a local pool, river, pond, lake or at the Oceanside you will typically find people having fun enjoying time together in the summer sun.  With the increase in water activities during the summer months comes an increase in water related accidents. 

  • Restored film shows the evils of war

        The late film director John Huston gave us such classic movies as “Key Largo,” “The African Queen,” and “Treasure of the Sierra Madre.”
        He even did some acting, with a memorable performance in “Chinatown,” the Jack Nicholson classic.
        What most people don’t know, though, is that Huston, during World War II, made three movies for the U.S. Army. Propaganda, to be sure, but he was paid for it, and I suppose he needed the money.

  • Listen to Charlie Kolakowski

        Bedford City Council is now in the process of developing its last city budget. Next May Bedford will have to hold elections for a town council as required by the city’s reversion to town status, slated for July 1, 2013. I’m sure the reversion will take place as scheduled. The members of the Virginia Commission on Local Government seemed pleased with what they saw when they came to Bedford on May 14. They also noted that the sparse attendance at the public hearing they held shows that there is no groundswell of public opposition.

  • Man sentenced on firearms charge

    By Tyler Flynn
    Intern Writer

        A Bedford man was sentenced for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in Bedford Circuit Court Tuesday involving a case in which two dogs were shot and killed.
        John Wayne Surface Sr., 70, was sentenced on the charge related to having shot and killed his neighbor’s two dogs last year.

  • School Board makes cuts; trims budget by $1.5 M to balance

        The Bedford County School Board found $1.5 million in cuts to balance its budget last week.
        The board held a four-hour work session Thursday to consider the budget cuts which were needed after the Bedford County Board of Supervisors cut its increase in local funding from $4.2 million to $2.5 million. The school board had requested the $3.5 million increase.
        Among the cuts made to help balance the budget:
        • No new buses will be purchased in the upcoming fiscal year;

  • Close to 600 attend Memorial Day service

    By Tyler Flynn

    Intern Writer

        A special Memorial Day observance was held at the National D-Day Memorial on Monday, May 28 in Bedford.
        The ceremony, entitled “Remembering Their Sacrifice,” honored both current and fallen military personnel from throughout U.S. history who made sacrifices to ensure the nation’s freedom. The program also brought recognition to flight nurses who cared for the injured during World War II.

  • One sailor's day: D-Day honors him at June 6 service

        For over eight years, Eric Montgomery has been on a mission to close the final chapter of his great uncle Amin Isbir’s D-Day story. 
        Coxswain Amin Isbir, a member of the 6th Naval Beach Battalion, was reported killed in action on June 8, 1944.  His great nephew, Eric Montgomery questioned his date of death believing that he had been killed in action on D-Day, June 6, 1944.  Isbir’s commanding officer, Ensign Joe Vaghi, confirmed Montgomery’s suspicions. 

  • Helping Joplin residents ‘Sing Again’

    By Laura Enderson

    Intern Writer

        Singer/songwriter Mark Laperle of Bedford, inspired others to “sing again” after the deadly Joplin, Mo., tornado one year ago.
        Last week he was in Joplin to personally deliver that message during a special memorial service in the city.