Today's News

  • Alert: School is back

    By Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown

    540-586-4800 Emergency: Dial 9-1-1


  • Even liberals take summer vacations

        Every now and then, in this space, I like to take a little time off from the weighty battles of American political life and just have some fun.

        Fun, that is, with a subject that’s not political at all, but don’t worry, I’ll find a way to take some jabs at conservatives. I wouldn’t want to let anyone down.

  • Deep cuts to defense are dangerous

        As members of Congress figure out how they are going to reduce federal spending, they must avoid making deep cuts in our defense spending.

  • Farm Bureau honors county farmer

        Virginia’s Farm Bureau recently honored Sam Gardner with its Young Farmers Environmental Stewardship Award.

        Gardner runs the family farm, a calf/cow operation, in Huddleston, along with his father Dr. Don Gardner. The farm is actually a family corporation, and the younger Gardner now does most of the actual farming.
        “That’s what they talk about as a corporate farm,” Sam commented, adding that 98 percent of America’s farms are family farms.

  • Tree rescue

    bout firefighters rescuing a cat out of a tree, but last week’s rescue on Jackson Street was much more serious.

        It was Tuesday evening when 911 dispatchers called out the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department. A small boy, approximately 5 years old, had climbed 30 feet into a tree. Once he got up in the tree, he couldn’t get back down. According to Kevin Musgrove, a lieutenant with the fire department, the boy had been in the tree for about 30 or 40 minutes.
        “He was scared,” Musgrove commented.

  • Driver of crash identified

        The driver of a 2001 Ford Ranger that crashed into the Arby’s drive-through, just east of Bedford, on Aug. 5 has been identified as Jeremy Dean Brickey, 21, of Max Meadows, near Pulaski. Brickey was not carrying any identification at the time of the crash. According to State Police, the pickup truck Brickey was driving had been reported as stolen in Pulaski.

  • Lightning strikes twice

    There is a saying that lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same spot, but this apparently doesn’t apply to car crashes.        Virginia State Trooper R. L. Johnson had responded to a crash, Sunday morning, that occurred on U. S. 460 about eight-tenths of a mile east of Va. 825. A Mercury Mountaineer had gone off  the highway, struck an embankment, rolled and ended up on its top.

  • Firefighter injured during Good Samaritan effort

    By John Barnhart and Tom Wilmoth

    Staff Writer

        A Moneta volunteer firefighter was seriously injured, Sunday afternoon, while attempting to help a disabled motorist.
        According to State Police, Michael Shawn Ring, 26, of Moneta, was a passenger in his girlfriend's car and traveling north on Va. 122. Just north of Joppa Mill Road they spotted a disabled vehicle on the opposite side of the highway. They pulled off and Ring attempted to cross the highway to help.

  • Donation will cover 10 percent of need

        The Bedford Business Leads Group purchased 35 back packs and stuffed them with school supplies. Karen Hughes, of the Bedford County Department of Social Services, said that she has received 350 applications from parents for back-to-school supplies for children.

        “This is the most we have ever had,” Hughes said.

  • Big problem at Big Otter Mill

        Big Otter Mill, located on Va. 122, north of Bedford, has a big problem. A big tree, felled by a storm over the weekend, is partially blocking the point where the mill’s mill race enters the Big Otter River.

        The storm came through Saturday night.
        “We got between seven and eight inches of rain,” said Becky Wuergler, a member of the Big Otter Mill Foundation’s board of directors who lives less than three miles from the mill.