Local News

  • Gathering one last time at Thaxton

        Thaxton’s PTA members thought it would be a good idea to open up Thaxton Elementary School to former students so they could come and see it one last time while it was still a school.

         Thaxton, along with Body Camp Elementary, will close at the end of the current school year.
        “We thought people would enjoy going back through the building as a school,” said Theresa Pollard, a PTA member.

  • County crews free woman trapped between rocks at Sharp Top

        An 18-year-old Lynchburg woman spent four hours trapped on top of Sharp Top Mountain Tuesday evening as rescue crews from five county agencies sought to rescue her.
        The unidentified woman, who had been hiking as part of a group, was finally rescued just after midnight Wednesday morning and transported to Bedford Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. She was later released from the hospital.

  • CASAs ready to serve

        A group of new CASAs took their oath in Bedford County’s Juvenile and Domestic Court last week.

        CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. These volunteers are appointed by the Juvenile and Domestic Relations court to provide the judge with a report that will help him make a decision about what is best for the children involved in a case that comes before him. Five of these new CASAs will come to the Bedford Office, according to Susan Shutt, Bedford’s advocate manager.

  • DAR leads park clean-up project

        Reynolds Park is getting a clean-up, organized by the Peaks of Otter chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). The park is located on the east end of East Main Street and this will be the local DAR chapter’s first clean-up.

        “But we are hoping for more, and sunshine,” said Sharon Goff, the chairman of the local DAR’s conservation committee.

  • Gardner wins prestigious veterinarian award

        Dr. Don Gardner is the 2015 recipient of the Paul F. Landis Veterinarian of the Year Award, given by the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA).
        Dr. Landis, for whom the award is named, was a respected veterinarian, a former president of the VVMA and also president of the National Veterinary Medical Association. For years he served on the board that licensed veterinarians in Virginia.

  • Film crew shoots in Bedford

        Filming for the feature length film God’s Compass passed through Bedford this week.

        On Monday driving scenes were being filmed as a truck pulling a trailer with a car and film crew was escorted by Bedford Police through various points in town.
        Additional scenes were scheduled to be shot in the Centertown area of Washington Street and South Street – Bedford Town Council was expected Tuesday night to give approval for road closings to allow for the scenes to be shot in late afternoon today.

  • Working together

        When the new Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) took their oath before Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Louis Harrison recently, two of them did so knowing they will work on cases as a couple.

        Jim and Joy Nobilini moved here last summer from Massachusetts — from the Boston area. Jim is the chief technical officer for Arrayworks, a company that develops accountability software. The nature of his job means he can live anywhere in the country.

  • Students clean up at D-Day

    e beach — and getting in serious trouble, — on spring break, a group of students from the University of Wisconsin spent their week off of class helping others.

        The 47 students , members of Students Today Leaders Forever, spent last Monday morning doing grounds clean-up at the National D-Day Memorial. It’s entirely student initiated and student led.
        Ruigi Yan, an English and Commercial Arts major, said these spring break tours are “pay it forward tours.”

  • Fire damages Mayberry Diner

        Mayberry Diner was heavily damaged in a fire, Thursday afternoon, that appears to have been ignited by cigarette embers.

        According to Kevin Musgrove, who served as the incident commander, the call came in at 2:23 p.m.
        “When we arrived there was heavy fire and smoke showing,” Musgrove said.
        The diner was open for business and there were employees and customers inside. All escaped without injury. No firefighters were hurt.

  • Looking for Answers

        The children of James Davis Walker want answers—they want the truth of what happened to their father.

        Fifteen years ago this week, on April 7, 2000, James Walker disappeared.
        The story then was that the slim, 6 foot, 7 inch man rode with some friends to Food Lion in Bedford, but did not go into the store because he wanted to smoke. When his friends came back out, he had supposedly vanished. The reports at the time were that he had wandered away.