Local News

  • Mourning their loss

        Blesk was a friendly dog.

        He liked people; he loved to play ball; he was good at his job. And he carried a badge.
        Last week, members of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office mourned K9 Blesk’s passing, at the age of almost 15 years old.
        The loss was especially hard on his handler, Sgt. Kevin Hatcher.

  • Camp Jaycee to be sold

        Camp Virginia Jaycee is no more.

        The camp served high needs children and was the vision of Dr. William Robertson. Back in 1969, Dr. Robertson spearheaded a Jaycee fundraiser, selling jars of apple jelly for $1, that provided the money to build the camp.
        A Jaycee search committee selected a site in the western part of Bedford County and the camp was built. Between that time and 2014 it served 45,000 children. Its last year of operation was 2015.


    Virginia State Police Trooper N. J. Houck is investigating a single vehicle crash which resulted in a fatality. The crash occurred this morning at 6:22 a.m. (Jan 25) on Route 723, one half mile east of Route 43 in Bedford County

  • Log house burns

        A two-story log house, in Ivy Creek in Forest, burned, Saturday night, displacing seven people.
        According to Jack Jones, Bedford County’s chief of fire and rescue, units from the Forest Volunteer Fire Department and the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department responded. Jones said the first units to arrive saw heavy smoke coming from the rear of the house’s second story.
        The house was less than 30 years old, according to Jones.

  • Bedford family faces crisis as result of fire

        A Bedford family is facing a crisis. The crisis had its origin in a fire on Grove Street, the home of Mike and Tahlia Brooks, last January.

        The fire at a two story residence at 708 Grove Street, in Bedford, was called in at 4:53 a.m. Units from the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department, as well as the Bedford Police Department arrived four minutes later.

  • Festival of Trees

        The 9th Annual Festival of Trees, “Whimsical, Merry & Bright,” featured 28 decorated trees, attracted more than 2,000 people, and in the spirit of giving, generated $3,701 for local charitable organizations. 

  • Teen girl saved from life threatening situation

        A Forest teen was rescued from a life-threatening situation off New London Road, last week by Forest firefighters.

        According to Jack Jones, a teenage girl was being pulled on a tube in the snow last week on a tube by an ATV. The tube ended up over a frozen pond and the ice broke leaving the girl, still on the tube, stranded in the pond 30 feet from the shore. Bystanders tried to throw a rope to her, but couldn’t reach her.

  • BFD honors firefighters

        The Bedford Volunteer Fire Department honored its firefighters during an awards banquet that looked back on 2017, a year that marked 129 years of service for the department.

        A crew from the Big Island Volunteer Fire Company stood ready to answer calls that came in for Bedford. They also got dinner at the banquet, but they got theirs late. Shortly before the banquet began, they got called out.

  • Remembering Dr. King

    Normally when temperatures are below 20 degrees, convincing someone to leave the warm relief of their home in the early morning is a back-breaking task.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. march, program to be held Monday

        The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March/Program will be held Monday, January 15  at 10 a.m. at Washington Street Baptist Church.
        The march from the Courthouse to Washington Street Baptist Church/ Processional will be led by BCPS ROTC & Boys with a Dream.
        Special guests will include Minister Jonathan Slocumb, Oakmulgee Baptist Church; and Peaks of Otter Association Youth Choir under the direction of Rev. Edwin Taylor.
        The event is sponsored by the Bedford Chapter NAACP.