Today's News

  • Drive on Parkway proves fatal as truck plunges down overlook

        The Montvale and Bedford Volunteer Fire departments, along with park rangers, responded to an accident at the Quarry Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway Friday. A pickup truck had plunged over the side of the mountain and struck a tree, killing one occupant.

        “We were dispatched for a vehicle over an embankment with entrapment,” said Scott Hawkins, the Montvale fire chief.

  • Board looks at adding to sick leave bank options

        Bedford County’s school board is looking into letting school employees use time in the school division’s sick leave bank to care for an ailing family member.

        The sick leave bank is voluntary. According to Timothy Parker, the school division’s human resources director, the sick leave bank has 740 active members. An employee donates two days to join and may withdraw up to 90 days after all other forms of leave have been exhausted. Parker said that 800 days have been withdrawn from the bank, leaving a balance of 566.

  • Shepherd’s Table turns 20

        The Shepherd’s Table, which turned 20 this year, was born out of an idea to serve a Thanksgiving meal.

        According to Tom Foster, who has been involved with the Shepherd’s Table from the beginning, the late Campbell Morris and Pearl Broesamle got their heads together and decided to put on a Thanksgiving dinner for people in tough financial circumstances. Morris had a bakery located on South Bridge Street, near D. Reynolds. His bakery served as the location for that first dinner in 1989.

  • Local hero receives his Silver Star

        The action happened the night of Oct. 22, 1950, but it wasn’t until last Friday that the heroism was recognized. That’s when the Silver Star, awarded for gallantry in action, was finally presented to Bob VandeLinde of Moneta. The presentation took place at the National D-Day Memorial.

  • Equine Association wants to bring facility to Bedford County

        The Bedford Equine Association’s dream is to set up an equine and agricultural complex in Bedford County. 

  • Health Department warns residents to make sure pets, livestock have current rabies vaccinations


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    Over the next two days, Health Department personnel will be going door-to-door to  

    warn residents that a skunk the Department collected on July 11 from the Longwood/Oakwood/Greenwood Cemetery area tested positive for rabies.   

  • Crime fighting effort to be held Aug. 2

    Bedford will observe its second National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

  • Is Nancy Grace headed here?

        Now that the Casey Anthony story is winding down, could CNN’s Nancy Grace be turning her focus to Bedford County?

        It’s not out of the question. The  prosecution of Kristina Pongracz may now be in her crosshairs.
        And if it is, there will be cameras allowed in the courtroom, following a hearing held earlier this month on the issue.

  • New principals gear up for school year

        Don’t look now, but in less than a month students in Bedford and Bedford County will be headed back to school.

        Surely that’s not a collective “noooooooo!” being heard from the students, about the looming August 22 date, is it?
        It can’t be. There are too many folks getting ready for their return. Among them are some new principals at four of the schools: Bedford Primary, Montvale Elementary, Big Island Elementary and Staunton River Middle School.

  • One fatality reported in Parkway accident


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    The National Parks Service is reporting that one person died after an accident on the Blue Ridge Parkway this afternoon.

    The call came in around 1:40 p.m. Reports state the car fell off the Quarry Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

    Crews were still on the scene attempting to bring the car up around 4 p.m. Friday. It fell about 250 down the embankment, according to reports.