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  • Teens arrested for vandalism at church

    Two county teens have been charged with vandalizing St. John the Baptist Church in New London.

    The vandalism occurred in the predawn hours of July 17 and was discovered by one of the church's deacons a few hours later. The vandals had taken some partially empty cans of paint from a storage shed behind the church and painted "666" and an upside down cross on the back of the church.

  • Youth group outing turns tragic

    The swimming beach at Smith Mountain Lake State Park recorded its first drowning in its 19-year history, Thursday.

    According to Officer A. R. Davis, a ranger at the park, the youth group of Sycamore Baptist Church, of Gretna, was having an outing at the beach when Marvin Strickland Jr., a 12-year-old, was reported missing, at 2:45. The youth group's director was told that Strickland had been missing for 15 minutes and another child reported that he had been last seen in the swim area.

  • Victim in car identified

    The person found dead in a burned car off Ole Turnpike Road has been identified.

    According to Bedford City Police, the victim was identified as Benita Donnella Woods, 37, of Lynchburg. Woods died of smoke inhalation after the vehicle caught fire, probably after the car's catalytic converter came in contact with brush where it came to rest after leaving the road.

    The results of a toxicology report are still pending.

  • Dry weather causes Smith Mountain Project flow reduction

    Appalachian Power is letting a little less water out of Smith Mountain lake due to dry weather.

  • Larcenies up almost 400 percent

    Last month the owner of a BMW left the keys in that car ? unlocked. Two men walking along Blue Ridge Avenue spotted the car, the keys and the opportunity.

    According to Bedford Police Chief Jim Day the men took advantage of the opportunity and stole the car, which eventually wound up in Lynchburg as the men got involved in other crimes in that community.

    One of the men allegedly involved was Joel Cunningham, 21, of Forest who has been arrested and charged with stealing the vehicle. Warrants have also been issued on a second defendant.

  • New Web site will help track biosolids

    Bedford County can't regulate where biosolids are spread, but the county can make it possible for residents to learn where it has been spread.

  • Rasoul seeks 6th District Seat

    Sam Rasoul, a Democrat from Botetourt County, hopes to be the next person to represent the 6th Congressional District in the House of Representatives.

    The seat is currently held by Congressman Bob Goodlatte. Rasoul was recently in Bedford for the grand opening of the Bedford City and County Democratic Committees' headquarters.

  • Day camp focuses on performing arts

    Last month, Little Town Players (LTP) gave 27 local youth a chance to learn about theater by doing.

    Every summer LTP holds a theater camp. According to Mickey VanDerwerker, who along with Margie Skalka, runs the day camp, they can only take 20 campers. The problem is the camp is so popular that they hate turning youth away and often fudge that number. There are limits, however. VanDerwerker said that if they get too many youth, it diminishes the learning experience.

  • History you can sink your teeth into

    A group of children from Body camp Elementary School had an opportunity to learn about gardening and history this summer.

    This is the second year the National D-Day Memorial has grown a victory garden. Each year, the garden is grown by local children.

    Victory gardens were part of the homefront during World War II. The idea of the victory gardens was to put more land into cultivation by encouraging people to turn backyards into gardens, growing part of their own food supply.

  • Hardy man gets 8 years for punching child

    A Hardy man will spend the next eight years in jail after being sentenced Friday for fracturing the skull of a 17-month-old child.

    In sentencing Robert Lewis Evans, 24, for child abuse and malicious wounding, Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike said the case was one of the most reprehensible he had seen while serving in the court, and sentenced Evans above the guidelines in the case.