Today's News

  • Weak candidates were key to losses

        Since Election Day, a number of people have been looking for explanations about why Republicans failed to evict Barack Obama from the White House.
        One explanation is that the Republicans’ efforts to rally their base and get them to the polls wasn’t as effective as the “Democrats’” efforts. This explanation appears to have some merit because there are some statistics to back it and, in such a close election, whose base turns out in force can be the deciding factor.

  • Don’t forget to shop local

    lot of folks set out this past week to begin marking off items from their Christmas lists.
        That’s good. It’s encouraging to see folks out and about and spending money.
        Just remember as you work your way through those Christmas lists to shop locally as you finish buying those packages for your family and friends this season.
         We owe it to our local merchants to show our support. Those businesses support us all year long.

  • Peaks of Otter Lodge closes

    By Ralph Berrier Jr.

    Landmark News Service

         Carole Edwards and Jackie Werb drove to the Peaks of Otter on a gorgeous fall morning last week to take one last trip around Abbott Lake and have a final meal at the restaurant.
        The Peaks of Otter Lodge at milepost 86 on the Blue Ridge Parkway shut down this week. Last Thursday's Thanksgiving meal was the last large-scale event at the lodge, whose final guests checked out Monday morning.

  • Plattus pleads no contest to misdemeanor embezzlement

        Dan Plattus pleaded no contest, last week in Bedford County Circuit Court, to a misdemeanor embezzlement charge, the result of his unauthorized use of a Bedford Main Street credit card for personal use.

        The plea was the result of an agreement. A no contest plea means that a defendant does not admit guilt, but agrees that there is enough evidence to convict him.

  • Lawhorne elected president of Virginia Litter Council

        D. W. Lawhorne, Bedford’s superintendent of public works, has been elected president of the Virginia Litter Council for Litter Prevention and Recycling for the coming year.
        Lawhorne said that the Council consists of representatives of 180 Virginia localities. It works with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to get grants to buy supplies for litter clean-up activities and information on recycling. Lawhorne was elected during the Council’s quarterly meeting on Nov. 14.

  • Fire department proposes eliminating tanker

        Bedford Fire Chief Brad Creasy came before Bedford County’s supervisors Monday with an equipment replacement proposal.

  • Vital volunteers: Museum honors those who help out

        “Thank God for the people who help us,” said Doug Cooper, the Bedford Museum’s manager. “We couldn’t do it without them.”

        Cooper was speaking at the Museum’s annual volunteer appreciation luncheon.
        According to Cooper, the Museum has received a lot of donated photos and documents and all of these have to be catalogued. Cooper said that the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust has provided grants that help with this process, but volunteers are vital.

  • Lifetime of service honored

        Calvin Woodford was honored this year by the Bedford County Farm Bureau for his service to the community. Woodford has lived all his life in Moneta.

        Woodford’s father, Samuel “Pete” Woodford, was a farmer. He was a World War I veteran and Calvin Woodford said that his father only had one lung; he believes this was because his father was gassed in the war. He still has his father’s helmet and gas mask. His father also suffered from tuberculosis.

  • Festival of Trees

    The Bedford Welcome Center’s fourth annual Festival of Trees is now on display.

        “We have 20 trees this year,” said Sue Trussell, who oversees the project.
        As always, people vote for their favorite tree and each vote costs $1. Each tree is dedicated to a local non-profit organization and all those dollars that accumulate during the festival go to the charity represented by the winning tree.

  • Local EMT travels north to provide much-needed help

        For his first few days hauling fuel in New York and New Jersey to help that area deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Bryan Adams had an armed escort.

        The need was great and people were tired of waiting.
        “At first it was kind of scary,” Adams said. “After a week or so it began to settle down.”