Today's Features


         At 11 p.m. Sunday night Travis Howell called 911 and said that Timothy Howell, his father, had broken into his home on East Lois Court in Bedford County.



    Centra will soon begin a search for a new president and chief executive officer after E.W. Tibbs tendered his resignation to the Centra Board of Directors on Thursday, September 27th. A Bedford native, E.W. became President and CEO of Centra in April 2013.

  • By Patricia Held
    Contributing Writer

        Almost every day during the summer months we hear about another enormous forest fires raging in a Western state.
        The descriptions and stories of colossal lines of fire rolling over the landscape sound unimaginable to East Coast dwellers, but are an unfortunate normal summer occurrence out West.

  •     Bobby Dinwiddie Jr., was watching a live stream of events from Pearl Harbor, on Dec. 7, 2016, commemorating the 1941 Japanese attack on the ships of our Pacific Fleet, when the urge to do something he had long wanted to do came over him. It wasn’t a trip to Pearl Harbor or any place in the Pacific.

        “I said, ‘I’ve got to go to Normandy’,” Dinwiddie explained.

  • On Wednesday, July 11, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Bedford Memorial Hospital advising a woman was being treated in their emergency room. 

  •     The group calls itself “Silver Notes” and it’s sponsored by Bedford County Parks and Recreation. 

        Members of the group, all retirees, came up with the name because that’s the color of their hair. The group has been singing at nursing homes and assisted living facilities since 2009.
        “Gail and I started it,” said Alana Obenchain.
        Gail is Gail St. Clair, one of the group’s members.

  • A Forest realtor, Martin Donovan, is in the process of bringing Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church back to life.
        Ultimately he hopes to see the church have a pastor and congregation, although it won’t have United Methodist in its name anymore. It will be Mt. Carmel Church.
        The United Methodist Church sold the old church, which sits at the T-intersection of Perrowville Road and Coffee Road, to Donovan. Donovan said he heard the United Methodist Church was selling the building and bought it.

  •     Sara Ernst loves working with children.

        A children’s photographer for 16 years in the Forest area, she has added being a children’s author to her resumé.
        Last year she wrote her first children’s book, “Dragons Really Do Love Tea.” She had a book signing at Givens Little Dickens Books last summer  which helped make the book a success.