Today's News

  • My gratitude to an old soldier

        We said goodbye to one more of the Bedford Boys last week. Ray Noell was originally a member of Company A, although he had been transferred out of the company in 1942 after Capt. Taylor Fellers sent him and a couple of others off to officer candidate school. He came ashore in Normandy two days after D-Day and commanded a platoon in another company in the brutal hedgerow fighting.

  • Too much

    “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.”

  • Grace Memorial to screen new film

  • Donation brings archery program to local schools

        A donation by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) has made it possible to add archery to the physical education program at Moneta Elementary School and Staunton River Middle School.

  • Bedford Wine Trail eagle

    Is there a Bedford Wine Trail eagle?

        Danny Johnson has been seeing a bald eagle off and on in the vicinity of his orchard and winery near Thaxton for three years now. Recently a bald eagle has shown up at Hickory Hill Winery in Moneta. Johnson wonders if it’s the same eagle and, if it is, maybe it could be dubbed the Bedford Wine Trail Eagle. The wine trail is a list of county wineries and the Welcome Center promotes this tour of the county’s wineries to visitors.

  • A royal fundraiser

    The Blue Ridge Garden Club held its annual fundraiser on April 29, the day of Britain’s royal wedding. That became the theme of the club’s plant sale and lunch. Garden club members poured tea and decorations included royal brides and grooms, a custom mock-up of a wedding cake and a poster with the lineage of Britain’s royal family.    

  • Man pleads guilty to rape; receives 17 years in prison

    onvicted of rape in connection with charges that date back to 2005. He will have to serve more than 17 years of a 57 year, seven month sentence.

        Michael Wayne Porterfield, 38, pleaded no contest May 3 to the rape charge, which stems from him having sexual intercourse with a 12-year-old girl in the Goodview area in 2005. He was arrested on the charges last July after the girl, now a teenager, shared what had happened with a friend.

  • Planning commission turns down tower

        The Bedford County Planning Commission unanimously turned down, Monday night, a request from AT&T to build a 160-foot cell tower on a property on Perrowville Road.

        The proposed location is in a wooded area at the rear of a commercial site, but there is dense residential development nearby. The people living in these adjoining neighborhoods spoke out against the proposal at a public hearing.

  • Saved by the Belt

        As Melissa Tomlin stood by her two girls, Mazie, 7, and Abby, 5, she was clear about the reason she wears her seatbelt.

        “What if I hadn’t had my seatbelt on. What if it had killed me; what would my kids do?” she said of a recent accident.
        That discipline, however, kept her from being seriously hurt or even killed during an accident last month in Bedford.

  • Bedford Co. eliminates tax on inventory

        In an effort to provide tax relief for small businesses, Bedford County has eliminated its Merchant’s Capital tax. That tax requires that businesses calculate their inventories on January 1, and pay a certain percentage of tax on that.

        District 1 Supervisor Dale Wheeler, who made the motion last month to eliminate this tax, said  the tax put retailers in a dilemma as the end of the year approached. If they didn’t buy enough, they could run out of inventory. If they bought too much, they got taxed.