• Being safe on the water
    By Margaret Scott Sports Editor Sports@bedfordbulletin.com     Editors Note: A 17-year-old teenager from North Carolina was killed in a boat v. jet ski collision Sunday. The teen was a passenger on the jet ski. As of Tuesday morning, no charges had been filed and the investigation was ongoing.     While summer is underway and everyone heads out to Smith Mountain Lake for some fun on boats and jet skis, Game and Inland Fishery sergeants are working hard to make sure the lake stays safe.
  • Keeping up tradition
    By Margaret Scott Sports Editor Sports@bedfordbulletin.com     Keeping up the horse farm tradition, Otteridge Farm has been training horses, students and breeding since the 1950’s.     Eileen Beckman passed away six years ago and her daughter Eileen ‘Randee’ Beckman and daughter Katie Gardner are keeping the farm running.
  • Scuba takes over the YMCA
    By Margaret Scott Sports Editor Sports@bedfordbulletin.com     The Bedford Area YMCA has been offering Professional Association of Dive Instructors- PADI scuba classes for two years.     “We teach everything from discover scuba, or bubble maker, to dive master,” said Paul Stern, PADI instructor. The program has been sequenced for participants to be able to try it and then decide if they want to keep going and get certified.
  • Youngest Coach of the Year
    By Margaret Scott Sports Editor Sports@Bedfordbulletin.com     A Bedford native, Trey Padgett, at 23 years old, is the youngest boys soccer coach in Virginia. He took a position as the Heritage High School soccer coach for the 2016 soccer season. Padgett received the coach of the year award for Conference 30 this year.
  • In the winning ring
    By Margaret Scott Sports Editor Sports@bedfordbulletin.com     Olivia Randall, out of Synergy Gym, competed in the WKA USA National Championships in New York City on May 21.     This was Randall’s second year fighting at the tournament, but it was the first year it was held in New York City.
  • 450 show for Armed Forces Day 5K
        The rain subsided just in time for the start of the Armed Forces Day 5K which took place on Saturday, May 21 at the National D-Day Memorial.      More than 450 people came out to show their support of the Armed Forces and honor our military heroes, past and present. 
  • Forest gym heads to NYC for tournament
    By Margaret Pascale Sports Editor Sports@bedfordbulletin.com     Several Muay Thai kick boxers from Synergy gym in Forest will be heading to New York City for the World Kickboxing Association USA National Tournament.     The tournament will take place May 19- 22. The fighters from the Synergy gym are the only ones from the Lynchburg/Bedford area that will be attending the tournament.
  • 2016 BYRA /ML Realty Regatta
    The annual BYRA Spring Sailing Regatta will take place on April 30 and May 1, 2016 at the Pelican Point Yacht Club, Smith Mountain Lake     This premier racing event is held on the Blackwater River at Smith Mountain Lake and is open to all keel boats.      This year’s Regatta will be held on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 and it is sponsored by the Blackwater Yacht Racing Association (BYRA), and for the seventh consecutive year, by Title Sponsor Mary Lou McDonald, owner and principal broker of ML Realty in Huddleston.
  • First year obstacle race sees high participation
    By Margaret Pascale Sports Editor Sports@bedfordbulletin.com     March weather can go either way in Virginia, but on the March 13 the day of the Rose Hill Penny run it was chilly and rainy.     “The day was overcast with a drizzly rain but the weather is not what made the runners suffer. The race course was four miles of fields, woods, streams and obstacles,” said race host Bill Vickery.
  • Bench Press Competition
    By Margaret Pascale Sports Editor Sports@bedfordbulletin.com     Caylin Tolbert and Kevin Seay won the overall female and male titles at the Bench Press competition this past Saturday, March 12 at the Bedford YMCA.     The competition had 18 competitors mostly from the local area, but some came from as far away as South Boston.     The competition was an unsanctioned event, which means little things, such as putting weights on your feet to help hold you down, were allowed.