Local News

  • Update: Crash claims the life of Bedford Co. teen

    Bedford County Public Schools Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Edwards released the following statement:
    "It is with tremendous sorrow that we confirm and mourn the death of Victoria Diehl, 10th grade student at Staunton River High School, in yesterday's vehicle crash in Campbell County. Victoria was an outstanding young lady and proud Golden Eagle. Our condolences and deepest sympathy go out to Victoria's family and friends.
    In addition, Edwards stated that counselors will be on-hand at the school when classes resume next week for all grieving students and staff.

  • Vinton man faces 10 charges including child porn charges

    On March 29, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of Vinton Police Department, executed a search warrant at the residence of Dewey Brown on East Augusta Ave in Vinton VA.
    The search warrant was part of an ongoing investigation by the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Approximately 15 items of evidence were seized as a part of the search warrant.

  • A gratitude that never dies

        Warren Davis, a Florida resident who has never been to Bedford, had an eerie experience a few years ago. Davis, who was born several years after World War II ended, saw his name on a wall memorializing World War II dead.

  • Local firefighters help with film

        For Brad Creasy and the Bedford Fire Department, the timing couldn’t have been better.

        Creasy, the fire department’s chief, contacted Liberty University just three weeks ago with hopes that their cinematography students might be looking for a film project. 
        “The fire department wanted to have a short film produced to highlight its rich history and tradition of excellence; something that could be used as a recruitment tool as well,” Creasy explained.

  • Separate accidents result in fatalities

        Two local men were killed in separate motor vehicle accidents last week.
        Virginia State Police Trooper T.C. Fairburn is investigating a motor vehicle crash which resulted in a fatality at 8:18 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 on Route 608 (Tolers Ferry Road), near the intersection of Route 739 (Fairview Church Road) in Bedford County.

  • People are welcome

        The fenced in area to your left, as you enter the Claytor Nature Study Center, is not an off-limits research area.

        It’s only off limits to deer, and they are why the fence is there. People are welcome. In fact, the Claytor folks, and the Bedford Area Master Gardeners want you to look around in that area because it is a demonstration garden. It has species of plants — a number are native species — that do well in this area.

  • Hospice House Friends raise more than $2,000

        Friends of Bedford Hospice House held what Anne Soukhanov, chairman of the Friends board of directors, considers a very successful fundraiser. It was a breakfast held at the Bower Center last week and Friends sold 90 out of the 100 tickets they printed.

        Friends exists to assist the Bedford Hospice House and to organize volunteers who support the House in various ways.

  • Trucks damaging Wolf Creek Bridge

        Tractor trailers have been getting into trouble on Dickerson Mill Road. The problem comes at the bridge crossing Wolf Creek. The bridge is narrow and, at one end, the road makes a 90 degree turn just off the bridge. The big rigs can’t make it and get hung up.

  • Storm leaves downed trees, some without power

    The Bedford area experienced high winds, Friday, that often sounded like a jet plane roaring over.

        The winds knocked over trees and left people without power, some for extended periods of time. The county’s volunteer fire companies were kept busy with wind-whipped wildland fires.
        “We had everybody on by Saturday evening,” said John Wagner, director of Bedford’s electric department.

  • The Raider Challenge

        Raider Challenge is an extra curricular activity for Junior ROTC Cadets that promotes physical fitness as well as responsibility and accountability to a team. 
        Schools around the region host them, usually in the fall so the local unit decided to offer a late winter event at the National D-Day Memorial for those that are interested.  Teams consist of eight or nine Cadets.