Today's News

  • Community is returning to Centra Bedford Memorial’s ER

    Bedford Memorial Hospital completed a major renovation of its emergency department at the beginning of the year and ER staff moved in on Feb. 15.  

        Stacey Hopkins, the emergency department’s director, said that the number of people coming through the ER has risen since June as folks in the community realized the new facility is open.
        “It’s nice that the community is coming back,” Hopkins said.

  • Tournament will help vets, first responders

    A fishing tournament scheduled for Saturday is intended to help an organization called Heroes on the Water.

  • Hurricane does its damage

        Betty Webster was sick when she woke up Friday morning.

        What was left of Hurricane Michael had blown through Thursday and one of her trees split in two. She didn’t mind so much losing half of the tree, but what that did to the birds who nested there in the evenings left her sad.
        At least a dozen robins laid dead on her driveway on Pinecrest Avenue in Bedford.
        “I was sick,” Webster said. “Those beautiful little robins.”

  • Food Lion completes remodel

        Wanda Reynolds has seen a lot of changes at Food Lion over the years.

        Thirty-three years ago she left Food World to work in the meat department at the Food Lion in Bedford. She worked 17 years in that department, and like the store itself, it has changed as well.
        “We had to saw and slice,” she said of those who worked in the meat department when she began. “I was here before the deli was added.”

  • First degree murder trial begins

        The first of a group of men charged in the murder of Lynchburg teenager Raymond Wood on March 27, 2017 went on trial in Circuit Court Tuesday.

  • Sunday night incident leaves 2 dead

        At 11 p.m. Sunday night Travis Howell called 911 and said that Timothy Howell, his father, had broken into his home on East Lois Court in Bedford County.
        According to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff’s office, after entering the house, Timothy Howell allegedly went into the bedroom of Elizabeth Wilson,  59, and killed her. Wilson is Travis Howell’s mother-in-law.

  • County native to keynote Freedom Fund banquet

        When she was a little girl at Body Camp Elementary School, Rita Davis never thought that some day she would be counsel to the governor of Virginia.

        She did know, even then, that  she wanted to be a lawyer, but never knew that she would eventually become the governor’s official lawyer.

  • FMS project will be set at $25.7M

    Last week the Bedford County School Board reached a consensus on a $25.7 million expansion project for Forest Middle School.
        District 6 school board member Susan Kirby was the lone dissenting voice. District 7 school board member Martin Leamy was absent.

  • It’s time to pray—daily—for our nation

    By the Rev. John Salley

        If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land (2 Chronicles 7.14).

  • In praise of Sen. Tim Kaine

        There are some very good reasons why U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, is so popular in what is now the “Blue” state of Virginia.
        Yes, our Commonwealth, which was once a Republican guarantee, has left the dark side and now communes with the righteous and the just, if I may put it spiritually.