Local News

  • BMH receives major certification

        Bedford Memorial Hospital marked a major achievement Thursday, celebrating its accreditation as a chest pain center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

        Bedford’s hospital is the first rural hospital in Central Virginia and one of only four rural hospitals in the Commonwealth to receive this accreditation. There are a total 14 accredited chest pain centers in Virginia. There are 505 worldwide.

  • From felon to candidate

    William H. “Will” Smith, of Buchanan, has an unusual background for a person seeking elective office. Back in 1997 he pleaded no contest to two felony charges of procuring prostitution.

        According to a Roanoke Times article from April 19, 1997, Roanoke City Police were investigating a business called Shooters 44, which they believed was a front for prostitution. A pair of undercover police officers checked the place out. The business advertised lingerie modeling sessions and they watched one.

  • Real stinkers

    They’re not quite the locusts of Pharaoh’s day. Nor do they (yet) qualify as a plague.

        Nonetheless, stink bugs seem to be on their way to those levels. All corners of the county are reporting a greater presence of the little stinkers, and folks want to know why and what they can do about it.

  • Board gives OK to campground

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors approved a primitive campground off Stone Mountain Road by a 6-1 vote Monday night, following a public hearing on the request.

        The planning commission, last month, voted 4-1 in favor of a proposal by Linda Frisbee to establish a primitive campground, to be called Camp Karma, on her property. The vote came after a public hearing in which a majority of the speakers, many of them apparently angry, spoke against it.

  • Deeds rallies Party faithful

    By the time State Sen. Creigh Deeds rolled into town Saturday, most of the rain-soaked Centerfest crowd had already left for drier ground.

        All, that is, except for the Democratic Party faithful who had been anticipating his arrival. So, instead of shaking hands up and down the streets of Centertown, Deeds held an impromptu rally at Bedford Democratic headquarters.

  • Key named region’s top teacher

    Eight educators learned of their selection this week as 2010 Virginia Regional Teachers of the Year during surprise classroom visits made by their division superintendents, including Liberty High School science teacher Jami N. Key.

        Key was visited Friday morning during an AP Biology class at LHS by a group of Central Office and School Board members who made the announcement.

        Key  was  this  past  year’s  Bedford  County Teacher of the Year.

  • Hospice House ready to build

    Bedford Hospice House successfully completed its capital campaign this past summer. With $1.6 million in hand, the board are ready to build.

        Now, the board needs a spot to build it. Bedford Memorial Hospital has offered a 2.5 acre site on property it owns, and Jacqueline Wente, chairman of Bedford Hospice House’s board of directors said the offer is still open. The problem is that this site may turn out to be much more expensive to build on than anyone originally anticipated.

  • Director of CVCC Bedford Center loses battle with cancer

    Robert Lowry, director of the CVCC Bedford Center, passed away Monday after a long battle with cancer.

        Lowry began work at Central Virginia Community College in November 2004 and opened the Bedford Center in January 2005. According to Robert Sandidge, acting director of the Bedford Center, Lowry did an outstanding job starting the Bedford Center and was well loved by the students, the many groups that met at the Center and the community in general.

  • Found money

    Centerfest brought out several thousand people, even in the rain, and though many spent their money on crafts, games and food others actually went home with more money in their pocket than they started with that morning thanks to one vendor stationed in front of the county administration building.

        And even if you didn’t stop by the Virginia Department of the Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Division booth on Saturday, you might still have some money waiting for you to claim.

  • The art of the deal

    While Diane Wilson isn’t apt to overtake Donald Trump as a business wheeler-dealer, she certainly made a difference.

        The Centerfest guru and co-owner of the Inn at Avenel  played  a key role in the transition of a business, keeping it in the Centerfest mix.

        Captain Bill’s Peanuts has been a Centerfest fixture for many years.  With its array of flavored peanuts and other goodies, the Captain (otherwise known as Bill Hartley) did a brisk business from his station at the northwest corner of Bridge and Main.