Today's News

  • Say 'thanks' before they're gone

    France buried its last World War I veteran last week.

    Actually, Lazare Ponticelli was Italian. Born at the end of 1897, he left Italy, when he was 9, to join his brothers who were already in France. When Germany invaded in August, 1914, Ponticelli, still 16 at the time, lied about his age in order to enlist in the Foreign Legion. He wanted to fight for the country that took him in.

  • Working to decrease America’s dependence on foreign energy

    Each week, folks across the Sixth District and the nation are confronted with the rising cost of energy, from the gas pump to their electric and gas bills. Energy is vital to every sector of the U.S. economy, including homes, small businesses and industries. When energy supplies are tight, families and businesses are severely impacted by the resulting increase in energy costs.

  • Pension program for veterans

    This is the first of four consecutive monthly articles scheduled for publication in this newspaper to address both compensation and pension benefits for veterans and eligible family members.

  • Moneta man dies while working at project

    A Moneta man died last Wednesday as the result of a fall off of scaffolding while working at the Downtown Moneta project off Va. 122, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

    Donald Lee Patrick, 51, died as a result of falling from the scaffolding while working as an employee of Riverview Plumbing at the project, according to Major Ricky Gardner of the BCSO. Gardner said Patrick, who was on his first day at the job , had been working alone when he fell and was discovered by a co-worker. Gardner said Patrick died en route to the hospital.

  • Woman dies in early-morning accident

    Stacy Doss, 30, of Vinton died as the result of a single-car accident early Friday morning.

    According to Virginia State Trooper A.S. Dayes, Doss was a passenger in the cream-colored 1993 Saturn when it left Bellevue Road traveling south and flipped over. Dayes said Doss, who was ejected from the vehicle, was wearing the shoulder harness of the seatbelt, but wasn't wearing the lap portion.

  • Board acts on development requests

    Two residential development proposals in the Forest area met different fates Monday night.

    The supervisors voted 7-1 to deny a request to rezone the Jefferson Ridge Apartments complex from R-2 (medium density residential) to R-3 (medium density multi-family residential). This would allow the developer to build 91 townhouse units and convert the existing townhouse-style apartment units to condominiums for sale. The planning commission voted, last year, to deny the rezoning by a 4-3 vote.

  • Chamber hands out honors at '50s themed dinner

    The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce awarded honors at a '50s themed dinner last week.

    A social hour, prior to the dinner, featured recordings of '50s rock-and-roll. During the dinner, itself, "The A'Cafellas" sang music from the '50s, which adapted well to the male a'capella ensemble. The young men are from E. C. Glass High School and barely remember the '90s but all agreed that their performance was thoroughly professional.

  • Vote ends in stalemate

    Residents of Cedar Key, a neighborhood on Smith Mountain Lake, are still waiting for a decision on a rezoning request after a tie vote by the Bedford County Board of Supervisors Monday night.

    A number of homeowners in the neighborhood want their land rezoned from AP (agricultural preserve) to R-1 (low density residential). The planning commission had voted, earlier this year, to rezone 16 of the 29 parcels and to fix a split zoning problem on three others.

  • Fundraising letter has a new look

    The Bedford Volunteer Fire Department's annual fundraising letter will have a new look this year.

    According to Tom Richardson, the fire department's treasurer, the department had the letter redesigned to make it more eye-catching. One of its features is the department's new ladder truck, which went into service in January.

  • Donation provides funds for teen driving program

    The Bedford Police Department is hoping to use an electric golf cart to help teens learn bout the dangers of impaired driving.

    The typical teen crash involves some sort of distraction plus speed, which is then coupled with running off the road and overcorrecting. The combination is too often deadly, as this area knows well.