Today's News

  • PC almost done with comments on zoning changes

        The Bedford County Planning Commission has just about wrapped up the task of commenting on the Board of Supervisors’ proposed changes to the zoning ordinance.
        The Planning Commission had 90 days after a November 2011 public hearing to respond. The clock runs out early next month, but the Planning Commission will have a final review and discussion on Feb. 6 before taking official recommending action on the proposed changes that will then be forwarded to the Board of Supervisors.

  • Thumbs up to apartment development

        The Bedford County Planning Commission has given a thumbs up to an apartment development at Thomas Jefferson Crossing in Forest.
        Part of a multi-phase development, the 16-acre parcel in question, had originally been slated for 77 single-family homes. The developer came before the Planning Commission to get approval to build 228 apartment units there instead.

  • Egg sales help children

        After retiring from the Georgia Pacific paper mill 15 years ago, Eldo Daniels, who lives in Thaxton, decided he needed a hobby. He grew up on a farm and lives in a rural area, so he decided to raise chickens.

        “I’ve always had chickens around the house,” he commented.
        Rhode Island Reds are his chicken of choice.    
        “My mama always had Rhode Island Reds,” he said.

  • Citizen group files lawsuit against county

        A group that calls itself Bedford Above Board has filed a lawsuit against the Bedford County Board of Supervisors alleging that the supervisors failed to adequately inform county property owners of the extent of the changes to the county zoning ordinance that they are considering.

  • Laptop causes fire

    He soon discovered that there had been a recall notice issued on both brands of laptops.

        “It’s not the laptop itself, but rather the battery pack inside the computer that is the problem,” Jennings said.
        Those incidents led him to hold a news conference last week to alert residents to the potential problems that can be caused by the battery packs in laptop computers. He’s encouraging area residents to check their own computers to find out if a recall notice has been issued on them.

  • Life Saving Crew seeks more help

        Since 1943 there has been a group of area residents committed to serving Bedford area residents who, many times, were having the worst day of their life.

        On July 8 of that year, the first members of the Bedford Life Saving and First Aid Crew—15 men strong—began their journey.
        Today, the crew members who have followed them, are simply known as the Bedford Life Saving Crew. They're carrying on that original tradition of service.
        And they need more help.

  • They're ready to respond

        Lynch Manley learned early on just how bad some rescue calls can get.

        In fact, he found out on his very first call.
        That was in 1964 when a private plane crashed near New London. There were several fatalities and the damage was extensive.
        But that incident didn’t deter Lynch from volunteering with the Bedford Life Saving Crew, something he’s continued to do for 47 straight years.

  • Woman Rescued in Somalia Has Ties To Bedford

    An American aid worker with a Bedford County connection was rescued from Somali pirates last night in a nighttime raid by Navy SEALs.

    Jessica Buchanan, whose father, according to an NBC report, lives in Goode, had been working with the Danish Refugee Council when she and a Dane, Poul Hagen Thisted, were kidnapped in October. Thisted was also rescued in the raid.

    Buchannan and Thisted were working with a de-mining unit of the Refugee Council when they were kidnapped. The organization has been clearing mines and unexploded ordnance in Africa and the Middle East.

  • President Obama's Statement on Hostage Rescue of Jessica Buchanan


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         A woman with ties to Bedford County had been held hostage in Somalia since October. Last night a successful military hostage rescue was executed by Special Operations Forces. President Obama's statement on the rescue follows:


  • Determined to serve

        One of the great ironies of life is the soldier who survives combat, only to be killed in an accident shortly after coming home safe and sound.

        This is exactly what happened to William Tyler Holbrook. He was supposed to arrive at his parents’ Bedford County home on Christmas Eve. Instead, two Army officers in dress blues, one a chaplain, showed up that evening, bearing the bad news that their son had been killed in an automobile accident that morning.