Today's News

  • Educational decisions should be left to parents and teachers

    Nothing is more important to our future than ensuring a high-quality education for our nation's children. Decisions concerning education should be made at the local level first by parents, and then by teachers and local communities. We also need to measure how much our students are learning in fundamental subjects like reading, writing, math, and science which will ensure that their future is bright and full of opportunity.

  • Portrait, plaque honor Nanci Drake

    Friends, family and colleagues gathered at the Bedford Welcome Center Nov. 30 to unveil a commissioned portrait of Nanci Drake, the first Director of Tourism for Bedford City and County who died unexpectedly more than a year ago on Dec. 2, 2006.

    Mayor Skip Tharp presented and donated the portrait. Tharp was joined by County Supervisor Steve Arrington to unveil the portrait.

    The portrait captures Nanci?s energy, enthusiasm and stellar smile.

  • Dragstrip opponents make some noise

    Some neighbors of the New London Airport and Dragstrip say that they don't like the dragstrip's noise.

  • Request to build townhouses for laborers approved

    Bedford County's planning commission gave the green light, last week, to a request by May Brothers to build housing for temporary workers.

  • Tour operators visit Bedford

    Bedford's tourism office will host a group of group tour operators from around the country today. A second group will be here Friday.

    "This is incredible to get," commented Sergei Troubetzkoy, the Bedford area's director of tourism.

    All told, there will be a total 27 tour operators here. Troubetzkoy said that he had that many visit during his entire 18 years as director of tourism in Staunton.

  • Big Island firefighter saves woman from fire

    A Big Island woman is alive today thanks to decisive action by a Big Island firefighter.

    It was Sunday morning. Frank Branch, the fire department's deputy chief, was at home when the emergency call came over his radio dispatching the department to a house fire off Folkes Street in Big Island. Branch knew the house. The fire department has a chimney clean-out program for elderly and disabled people. The program involves doing a basic chimney inspection, in the fall, and cleaning out creosote buildup.

  • Arrests made in shooting

    Three people have been charged with their involvement in a shooting on Thaxton School Road Jan. 2, including a mother and her daughter.

    This week Deepraj Islam Khan, 19, formerly of Forest, Sandra Faye Campbell, 46, of Thaxton, and her daughter, Amanda Lynn Campbell, 18, of Thaxton were each charged with aggravated malicious wounding and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, according to Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

  • Convenience store request OK'd

    Bedford County's supervisors, Monday night, approved a special use permit for convenience store on Hardy Road.

  • Fire burns vacation homes

    Four townhouses in the Waterways development near Saunders Point were destroyed in a Saturday morning fire.

    According to John Jennings, the county's primary fire marshal for investigation, the call came in at 8:21 a.m. The Saunders Point Volunteer Fire Department is the first responder for that area and units from that fire department were the first to arrive. They were assisted by other fire companies due to the size of the blaze.

  • Bedford and the Anzio Landing of World War II

    Sixty-four years ago this week, on Jan. 26, 1944, the Bedford community suffered its first multiple loss of servicemen in a single day during a major World War II military operation. The operation was the Anzio Invasion, codenamed Operation Shingle. This article remembers those servicemen on the anniversary of their deaths.