Today's News

  • History distorted in Stalin bust debate

        I find it difficult to believe that the most important issue before Bedford County government right now could be the Stalin bust at the National D-Day Memorial, but apparently it is.

        County supervisors gave veterans a highly publicized forum and then voted unanimously to pass a resolution telling the memorial’s governing foundation that - as television news dramatically put it - “the Stalin bust must go!”

  • Fireworks, events abound for Fourth of July celebration

    There will be plenty to do this Fourth of July weekend in the Bedford area.

        From Smith Mountain Lake to the Peaks of Otter, Poplar Forest to Centertown Bedford numerous events are planned to help area residents celebrate this nation’s independence.

        Fireworks are scheduled for both the Lake (on July 3) and in Bedford (July 4). The local events include:

    Libertyfest: Independence Day celebration to be held in Centertown July 4

  • Minutemen host hoops, diamond camps

    Rest assured, sports fans.  Liberty High’s teams seemed well poised for the future.

    That is, if the jocks that came out to the Minutemen baseball and basketball camps are portents of the future.

  • Liberty soccer camp heats up

    The World Cup wasn’t the only soccer going on last week. 

  • Making his way to D.C.

    With the emergence of Stephen Strasburg, getting into Nationals Park has become somewhat problematic.

  • Sports commentary: Washington washout

      George Washington was a winner, by anyone’s standard.  And, he was a winner in everything that he did.

  • County supervisors oppose Stalin bust

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously, Monday night, on a resolution asking the National D-Day Memorial Foundation to remove the bust of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin from the D-Day Memorial. The bust was placed at the Memorial on June 1.

        Several people spoke in support of the resolution, introduced by District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard.

  • Goode fire damages home

    Units from five fire departments spent three hours, late Sunday afternoon, fighting a fire that caused extensive damage to a house on 1170 Heightview Dr., off U. S. 460 seven miles east of Bedford. Units from Bedford and Forest responded to fight the blaze while Moneta and Big Island brought in tankers. Campbell County also contributed units, as well as sending a unit to stand by in Forest. Moneta sent a unit to stand by in Bedford.

  • Bedford has a TEA Party

    A group of local people are organizing a Bedford TEA Party.

        “We’re just local people who feel the need to do something,” commented Ann Briscoe, one of the organizers.

        Briscoe said that the idea came about during the Republican mass meeting in April, which chose Nate Boyer to be chairman of the Bedford unit. She said that, as people talked, somebody mentioned that there should be a Bedford TEA Party. Briscoe thought it was a good idea and, after talking to more people, Travis Witt offered to help get it started.

  • Local search and rescueLocal team provides help nationally

    When his own son got lost in the woods a couple of years ago, David Johnson learned just how important it could be to have dogs help with search and rescue efforts.

        Johnson now serves as president of the Virginia Canine Response Team based out of Bedford. Earlier this month he and other members of the team helped Arkansas law enforcement search for people lost in a flash flood that struck a campground nearly Langley, Ark., killing 20 people.