Today's News

  • Honor your father

        May and June have our two holidays honoring our parents. I hope you called your mother, or went to visit her on Mother’s Day. I can’t do this. My mother died in 2002 at the age of 92. My father, John Edwin Barnhart Jr., died in 1964 at the age of 48, something I never quite got over.
        However, I’m sure most of you, who still have living parents, did something to show your mom you love her on Mother’s Day, and I hope you will honor your dad on Father’s Day.

  • Our prayers are with those in Oklahoma

        Though 1,200 miles away, the devastation Moore, Okla., suffered Monday gripped our hearts right here in Bedford as we watched in anguish as the tragedy unfolded before us in television reports, photographs and homemade videos.
        And what was left in the wake of the two-mile wide tornado proved horrifying:

  • Remember your jackets!

    National Safe Boating Week is this week, just in time to remind us all of the need for safety as Memorial Day arrives and the summer season kicks off.
        The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) is reminding all boaters to remember some important safety tips this boating season. 
        Tops among them: to always wear a life jacket while on the water. 

  • Jones convicted for 'upskirt videos' of 16-year-old girl

        A former church youth director pleaded guilty, Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court, to taking what Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Wes Nance termed “upskirt videos” of a 16-year-old.

  • LTP helps out with Cop Camp

        Little Town Players (LTP)  normally runs a theater day camp each summer. This year, according to Karen C. Hopkins, they aren’t able to do it, so they are assisting the Bedford Police Department with Cop Camp. The theater group made a donation of $500 to help the effort.

  • Veterans wives help, encourage one another

        A group of wives of Vietnam veterans started meeting at a restaurant in Lynchburg two-and-a-half years ago. Most of these women are caring for disabled husbands and the began meeting as a support group. Most of the husbands are combat veterans.

        “We are there to encourage one another,” said Judy Doering, who coordinates the group.
        The group grew and now meets at Lynchburg’s American Legion Post 16 on the fourth Thursday of each month.

  • Lago Pizza has a new home

        Late last year, Julio Ortíz and Esperanza Forero finally threw in the towel at their old location in the Shop Rite plaza and moved across Va. 122 to reopen in a space next to the Moneta Food Lion. They reopened on April 13 after nearly four months of work to turn what was essentially a large, empty room into a restaurant.

        “We were forced to move,” said Esperanza.

  • Bedford Health Foundation has new director

        Denny Huff, who joined the Bedford Community Health Foundation as its new executive director on April 8, has spent the last 20 years — the entire time since graduating from college — working for non-profit organizations.

        Huff has a bachelor’s degree in history and he originally intended to teach history and political science. However, the first opportunity that opened up for him after graduation was with a non-profit organization. He took it, loved it and made non-profit organizations his career.

  • JF makes top high school list—again!

    For the second year in a row—and the third in four years—Jefferson Forest High School has been named among Newsweek magazine’s top 2000 high schools in the country.

  • Thaxton teacher named 2014 Teacher of the Year

        Kathy Barton’s journey into teaching wasn’t the traditional path.

        But that’s all the better. In fact, that journey shaped her into the teacher she is today, a résumé which now includes being named 2014 Bedford County Teacher of the Year. She received that honor during a banquet held last week at the Boonsboro Country Club.