Today's News

  • BRP Foundation’s Kids In Parks program to open a TRACK Trail at Peaks of Otter


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    The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s Kids in Parks program, in partnership with the National Park Service, celebrates June as the Great Outdoors Month by hosting the grand opening of a new TRACK Trail at Peaks of Otter at milepost 85 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

    The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at Peaks of Otter on Saturday, June 2 at 1 p.m. and will be followed by a ranger guided hike along the trail.

  • Blue Ridge PBS Summer Festival honors D-Day, Bedford

    Blue Ridge PBS kicks off its 2012 Summer Festival on June 2, with a schedule of outstanding documentaries addressing a range of local interests such as the impact of D-Day on Bedford, North American trains and Virginia wineries.


  • Watts Petroleum collecting donations for family of employee killed in Montvale accident

    In an effort to support the wife and two young children of its employee, Adam Henry, who died Monday, May 28, in a tanker accident in Montvale, Watts Petroleum Corp. is offering an opportunity for those who wish to make donations. 
    One can visit the company's Web site, www.wattspetroleum.com , and click on the link on the Home Page, or call the office at (434) 846-6509 (toll-free 1-800-842-0716).

  • Moneta woman pleads guilty to tax charge

    A former employee of Genesis Mansions pleaded guilty this morning in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia to tax charges related to money she earned through her participation in a mortgage fraud scheme.
    Edna Ledoux Jamieson, 44, of Moneta, Va., waived her right to be indicted and pleaded guilty this morning to one count of filing a false tax return for FY 2007. At sentencing, the defendant faces a maximum possible penalty of up to three years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000.

  • Community Events and Calendar (week of May 30, 2012)

    Sign-ups and notices

    D-Day Memorial’s WWII Day Camp

  • Church news (week of May 30, 2012)

    Mary Virginia Woodford Spradlin, 94, of Altavista, died Monday, May 21, 2012 in Virginia Baptist Hospital. She was born Nov. 23, 1917 in Bedford County, a daughter of the late Ella Catherine Wood Woodford and Joel Shepherd Woodford. She was the last of thirteen children surviving.
    Mary was a member of Ephesus United Methodist Church. She was employed at Rubatex Corp. for over 20 years.
    In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, John Aubrey Spradlin.

  • BC Fire & Rescue updates cleanup from hazardous spill in Montvale

    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue responded to an overturned tanker that resulted in a fatality for the driver on Monday night.
    The tanker truck was carrying 5,700 gallons of gasoline and 2,500 gallons of diesel at the time it overturned. The regional hazardous materials team working with VDEM were able to recover 1,250 gallons of gasoline, the rest poured out onto the roadway and soil in the eastbound travel lanes of 460 which has resulted in traffic being routed into west bound lanes around the site.

  • Be safe while enjoying the water

    By Marci L. Stone, MBA, EFO
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue
         Summer is typically a good time for families and friends to gather and enjoy the variety of water related activities that Virginia has to offer.
        Whether it is at a local pool, river, pond, lake or at the Oceanside you will typically find people having fun enjoying time together in the summer sun.  With the increase in water activities during the summer months comes an increase in water related accidents. 

  • Restored film shows the evils of war

        The late film director John Huston gave us such classic movies as “Key Largo,” “The African Queen,” and “Treasure of the Sierra Madre.”
        He even did some acting, with a memorable performance in “Chinatown,” the Jack Nicholson classic.
        What most people don’t know, though, is that Huston, during World War II, made three movies for the U.S. Army. Propaganda, to be sure, but he was paid for it, and I suppose he needed the money.

  • Listen to Charlie Kolakowski

        Bedford City Council is now in the process of developing its last city budget. Next May Bedford will have to hold elections for a town council as required by the city’s reversion to town status, slated for July 1, 2013. I’m sure the reversion will take place as scheduled. The members of the Virginia Commission on Local Government seemed pleased with what they saw when they came to Bedford on May 14. They also noted that the sparse attendance at the public hearing they held shows that there is no groundswell of public opposition.