Today's News

  • 2 will challenge four incumbents for open city council seats

        Bedford’s city council race will be a competitive affair this year as two men are challenging the four incumbents for seats this fall. Bedford’s city council seats are at-large seats, so the two are not challenging any specific individual.

         Stacey Hailey and Michael Schneider will be running along with incumbents Guy E. Murray, Steve C. Rush, W.D. “Skip” Tharp and Robert T. Wandrei. Tharp is currently serving as mayor and Wandrei as vice mayor. Those positions are elected by council from among its members.

  • Cooling stations help

        The heavy windstorm that tore through the Bedford area knocked out power on the hottest weekend of the summer. Appalachian Power’s Web site stated that the storm left 60 percent of the company’s customers without power. The company estimates that it will take until Friday before power has been restored to all customers. The company has brought in crews from several states to assist in the process.

  • Bedrock Church free water and ice distribution

    Bedrock Community Church has set up a free water and ice distribution spot on Peaks Street in front of Bedford Middle School Tuesday morning.

    "The church was offered a truck load of ice and water to give out to the community of Bedford," said Jeremy Minor, the church's associate pastor.

    Minor said that they want to locate people who don't have water.

    Minor said they also plan to go out to worksites.

  • Two killed, thousands left without electricity by storm

        A devastating windstorm that blew through the region Friday night left two Bedford County residents dead and thousands without power, some which may have to wait as long as Saturday to have electricity restored.

        Area residents joined with local emergency and utility crews Saturday to begin cleaning up the area after the winds, which gusted up to 80 miles per hour, downed trees, knocked out power lines and blocked roads throughout Bedford County and the entire Mid-Atlantic region.

  • Free water distribution

    The Bedford County Department of Fire and Rescue has opened a free water distribution center at Bedford Elementary School, according to Jack Jones, the county's chief of fire and rescue.

    Jones noted that loss of power has left people, who depend on wells, without power to run their pumps.

    "We don't know how long this [power outage] will last," he said.

    Jones said that bottled water will be distributed by the case, with no questions asked.

  • Bedford County free cooling stations open at the following locations: Citizens encouraged to take heat-related safety precautions

    Bedford County, in cooperation with local organizations is opening the following free cooling stations throughout the locality:


    • Bedford Moose Lodge – 1897 E. Lynchburg Salem Tpk, Bedford, Va

  • Free cooling shelters for City of Bedford

    The following are free cooling shelters available for the City of Bedford:
    1) The Christian Life Ministries Church located at 737 Blue Ridge Ave, City of Bedford has opened a "cooling shelter" for those that have lost power. They have food and water, but anyone who wants to stay overnight needs to bring a sleeping bag, air mattress or whatever else they need to be comfortable.
    2) Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, 1307 Oakwood Ave., Bedford will be open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Water provided.

  • Preserving The American Way

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Recently, I had the great honor of attending a benefit for 28-year old Altavista veteran, Staff Sgt. Christopher Walker, who was critically injured during his second deployment to Afghanistan this spring.


  • The American people deserve answers

    In late December 2010, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, a member of the Border Patrol’s elite Search, Trauma and Rescue team was on patrol with three other agents. He was ten miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border when a gun fight broke out with as many as five illegal aliens and Agent Terry was shot and killed.

  • A new perspective

    By Tyler Flynn
    Intern Writer

        My work as an intern writer at the Bedford Bulletin over the past several weeks has given me a new perspective for the future.