Local News

  • It was cold!

       By John Barnhart and Tom Wilmoth

    Schools closed, power consumption peaked and area residents bundled up.

  • Pilot program seeks to help families

        Sometimes volunteering for something works out really well.

        Andy Crawford, Bedford County’s director of social services, attended a conference of social services directors from across the Commonwealth last year. At the conference, the state director of social services asked for volunteers among the local directors to come up with ideas that had the potential to be replicated elsewhere in Virginia. Crawford volunteered. He found out, after volunteering, that there was grant money attached.

  • Driving defensively

        The convoy escort team that Staff Sergeant Joshua Carter led in Afghanistan had a lot of challenges. In addition to the Taliban, the roads themselves were hazardous. The roads were narrow and the road surfaces were often in bad shape due to lack of maintenance and combat damage. Furthermore, there were no guardrails. In some places, going off the road would have meant tumbling down a mountainside. These were also very busy roads with lots of traffic.

        Then, there were Afghan drivers.

  • Elks Home lights up the night

        The Elks National Home once again lit up the night when Elks Grand Exalted Ruler Millard Pickering hit the big red button in the dining room that turns on the annual light display.

        Within minutes a line of cars began to cruise down the Home’s driveway to check out the lights, which can be seen from the National D-Day Memorial. A steady line was still coming through at 8:30 p.m., nearly three hours after the lights came on.

  • Christmas Station cuts the ribbon on its new home

        The Bedford Christmas Station held the official grand opening of its new home with a ribbon cutting one Dec. 11. The organization has been using the building for awhile already. Everything had been set up and the shelves were stocked in anticipation of making Christmas brighter for 325 Bedford area families this past week.

  • Lawsuit settlement being used to protect law enforcement officers

        For the past year Moose International has been helping the Safe Surfin’ Foundation provide funds to buy ballistic vests for law enforcement officers.

  • Bear vs. man

        Virginia’s black bears are very timid animals, according to Lt. Chris Thomas, a conservation police officer who works out of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) Forest Office.
        “They are normally as scared of people as people are of them,” said Thomas.
        While black bears are not aggressive, they can get riled if you mess with them. Dwain Karnes, a 32-year-old bear hunter, was messing with a black bear last week when it bit him on both arms.

  • Fire destroys historic house

        Jamie Snell and his wife returned home late Saturday night and saw what they first thought was fog surrounding their home at 719 Longwood Ave. in Bedford.

  • Santa visits Bedford

        Santa Claus stopped by the Bedford Bulletin, Friday, and picked up some back issues. Perhaps he was looking for names to add to his “Naughty” or “Nice” list. The Bulletin’s pages certainly had a number of people fitting both categories over the past year.

        He doesn’t live at the North Pole, however. Most of the year he lives in Grand Island, Neb., and goes by the name of Dale Nielson. He’s an Elk and comes to Bedford every year for the Christmas Lighting at the Elks National Home.

  • Bulletin update: Fire damages home on Longwood Ave.

    Crews from several area fire departments were still on the scene of a fire at 2 a.m. Sunday morning at 719 Longwood Ave. in Bedford, a fire that began late Saturday night.