Today's News

  • Cold water survival – Are you prepared?

        Despite winter being upon us, hearty watersports lovers continue their pursuits on our lake.  But extra caution is required since getting immersed in the cold water, even for relatively short periods, can be life-threatening. As we write, SML’s surface water is 46 degrees (F) with some ice forming in coves on cold nights.

  • Council selects Rush as Bedford mayor

        Steve Rush is now Bedford’s new mayor. Rush was chosen by his fellow councilmen when Bedford Town Council met the day after New Year’s Day to choose a mayor and vice-mayor.

  • Town’s new building official is now on the job

        When Bedford was a city, it had its own building official. Once it reverted to town status six years ago, it ceded that enforcement of the state portions of the building code to the county.

        The town retained enforcement of the maintenance code because it varies from locality to locality. Now the town is taking back the responsibility for enforcing the entire code and hired its own building official. The new building official started the day after New Year’s Day.

  • Memorial set to put up final Quonset hut

        The Army tent that has for years served as the educational facility at the National D-Day Memorial will be taken down this week. It will be replaced with a Quonset hut style structure similar to the two that have already been built.

        Unlike the Army tent, the Quonset hut will be climate controlled. This will allow artifacts to be displayed. The structure will also be used for educational activities until the new education center is built. Once that’s done, another Army tent will be set up inside it.

  • New design honors KFC founder

        The 882 East Main Street KFC has a fresh new look.

  • What politics in 2019 should pursue

        The beginning of a new year makes us reflect on possibilities, and in politics, that’s never been truer than it is now.
         Our current president is easily the single most corrupt one we’ve ever seen in the Oval Office, and 2019 may be the year when he finally gets justice.
        Most observers believe the Mueller Report will be submitted relatively soon, at least as regards one aspect of his investigation, the possible collusion with Russia over their interference for Trump in 2016.

  • Fake news

        President Donald Trump often refers to fake news when he’s upset about a negative story about him or his administration pops up in the national media. Actually, there is fake news out there, but it’s not what President Trump is talking about when he blasts the news media.

  • It’s looking good for a Bedford train station

        Impressive results for Amtrak train ridership in Roanoke during the station’s inaugural year support the addition of a station stop in Bedford. More than 56,000 people boarded or disembarked at the Roanoke station from November 2017 – October 2018. This is yet more evidence that the state’s Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and the Com-monwealth Transportation Board are moving in the right direction, providing more convenient travel options for all Virginians and for travelers visiting the state.

  • BBB warns about gift card scam

        BBB serving Central VA Scam Alert: Richmond, VA- BBB serving Central Virginia warns that a con uses phony balance check website to drain gift cards. If you receive a gift card this holiday season, watch out for this scam. According to recent BBB Scam Tracker reports, a website claiming to help check gift card balances is really a con. When you enter your card’s information, scammers use it to access and drain your gift card.  

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  • No end in sight

        According to Ben Gruver, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Blacksburg office, Bedford had recorded 75 inches of rain by Friday afternoon. The additional rain in the last few days of 2018 certainly pushed that total higher. Gruver said a normal year’s rainfall for the Bedford area is between 40 and 50 inches. While he had no information on whether Bedford set a record for rain, he said both Roanoke and Lynchburg had the wettest year ever recorded.