Today's News

  • Sports commentary: Football gripes

      "See, told ya!"

  • Hot times on the ballfield

      Sunscreen, sweat and scoring.

  • Vinton takes Big Island

      Hello, old friend.

  • Counseling practice gets new office

    Janie Mantooth, a licensed clinical social worker, has run her counseling practice at the foot of Turkey Mountain Road for several years. Now she’s moved to town.

        Mantooth acquired the 1936 vintage house one East Main Street, in Bedford. The house most recently was home to Hamilton’s, a shop operated by the late Peter Viemeister, which included vintage books and antique toys among its merchandise, providing a good retirement business for a former rocket scientist and aerospace executive.

  • Bedford Country Store to offer organic foods

    By Tyler Flynn
    Intern Writer

        A fixture of Bedford Main Street is planning to add a green section to its variety of offered services.
        The Bedford Country Store LLC, located at 115 North Bridge St., will soon open an organic whole foods market as part of an initiative to offer affordable, all natural sustenance to the Bedford community.

  • 2 will challenge four incumbents for open city council seats

        Bedford’s city council race will be a competitive affair this year as two men are challenging the four incumbents for seats this fall. Bedford’s city council seats are at-large seats, so the two are not challenging any specific individual.

         Stacey Hailey and Michael Schneider will be running along with incumbents Guy E. Murray, Steve C. Rush, W.D. “Skip” Tharp and Robert T. Wandrei. Tharp is currently serving as mayor and Wandrei as vice mayor. Those positions are elected by council from among its members.

  • Cooling stations help

        The heavy windstorm that tore through the Bedford area knocked out power on the hottest weekend of the summer. Appalachian Power’s Web site stated that the storm left 60 percent of the company’s customers without power. The company estimates that it will take until Friday before power has been restored to all customers. The company has brought in crews from several states to assist in the process.

  • Bedrock Church free water and ice distribution

    Bedrock Community Church has set up a free water and ice distribution spot on Peaks Street in front of Bedford Middle School Tuesday morning.

    "The church was offered a truck load of ice and water to give out to the community of Bedford," said Jeremy Minor, the church's associate pastor.

    Minor said that they want to locate people who don't have water.

    Minor said they also plan to go out to worksites.

  • Two killed, thousands left without electricity by storm

        A devastating windstorm that blew through the region Friday night left two Bedford County residents dead and thousands without power, some which may have to wait as long as Saturday to have electricity restored.

        Area residents joined with local emergency and utility crews Saturday to begin cleaning up the area after the winds, which gusted up to 80 miles per hour, downed trees, knocked out power lines and blocked roads throughout Bedford County and the entire Mid-Atlantic region.

  • Free water distribution

    The Bedford County Department of Fire and Rescue has opened a free water distribution center at Bedford Elementary School, according to Jack Jones, the county's chief of fire and rescue.

    Jones noted that loss of power has left people, who depend on wells, without power to run their pumps.

    "We don't know how long this [power outage] will last," he said.

    Jones said that bottled water will be distributed by the case, with no questions asked.