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  • Committee looks at zoning ordinance, worship

    Representatives of local churches and county planning officials are meeting to make sure that the county zoning ordinance does not interfere with churches' right to worship.

    This became an issue in 2006 when the Cowboy Church began meeting on a farm in Moneta. The Cowboy Church holds worship on Thursday nights in facilities that are not normally used for religious worship. The idea is to reach people who would not normally go to a church. The Cowboy Church was meeting in a barn normally used as part of a horse auction facility.

  • Bedford woman takes special trip to celebrate her Leap Day birthday

    On Friday Alicia McClure had her eighth birthday.

    But don't let her students at Staunton River High School say they're older than her. They've simply had more birthdays.

    McClure was born on Feb. 29, 1976, in Rockford, Ill. She celebrated her birthday last week by going to New York City to be part of a group of people born on Leap Day that made up the audience of the Martha Stewart Show. The show was actually taped on Tuesday and aired Friday.

  • Husband arrested in connection with Forest woman's death

    The husband of a Forest woman who died as the result of a gunshot wound in December now has a lawyer — and a court date.

    And even as he was being arrested last week for the murder of his wife, investigators were continuing their investigation by searching a trailer he had rented in Chesapeake.

    After more than a two-month investigation, Wesley Brian Earnest, 37, of Moneta was arrested for shooting his wife, Jocelyn Earnest, 38, of 1482 Pine Bluff Drive, Forest, at her home. He is currently being held without bond at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail.

  • Cell tower rejected

    Bedford County's planning commission said no, Monday night, to a proposal to extend an existing cell tower's height by 20 feet.

    The cell tower, located in the Chamblissburg area, belongs to TowerCo. There are two cell towers on the site and the proposal would involve eliminating one of them.

  • Play to raise funds for school

    Bedford Christian Academy plans to roll a history lesson and a fundraiser into one this month.

    The Rev. Travis Witt, the pastor of Bedford's Lion of Judah church, is also the director of development for the non-denominational Christian school. The school has a board of directors consisting of pastors from several local churches.

  • Husband arrested in connection with Forest woman's death

    The husband of a Forest woman who died as the result of a gunshot wound in December appeared in Bedford County General District Court this morning in connection with the murder of his wife.

    After a lengthy investigation, Wesley Brian Earnest, 37, of Moneta was in court today for shooting his wife, Jocelyn Earnest, 38, of 1482 Pine Bluff Drive, Forest, at her home. He was being held without bond.

    Earnest was in court for the charge of the use of a firearm in the commission of committing first-degree murder.

  • Husband arrested in connection with Forest woman's death

    The husband of the Forest woman who died as the result of a gunshot wound on Dec. 19 appeared in Bedford County General District Court this morning in connection with the murder of his wife.

    After a lengthy investigation, Wesley Brian Earnest was in court today for shooting his wife, Jocelyn Earnest, 38, of 1482 Pine Bluff Drive, Forest, at her Forest home. He was being held without bond.

    Earnest was in court for the charge of the use of a firearm in the commission of committing first-degree murder.

  • Husband arrested in connection with Forest woman's death (update)

    Husband arrested in connection with Forest woman's death

    The husband of the Forest woman who died as the result of a gunshot wound on Dec. 19 appeared in Bedford County General District Court this morning in connection with the murder of his wife.

    After a lengthy investigation, Wesley Brian Earnest was in court today for shooting his wife, Jocelyn Earnest, 38, of 1482 Pine Bluff Drive, Forest, at her home. He was being held without bond.

  • Project will make news clippings available to the public

    A new project at the National D-Day Memorial Foundation will make a treasure trove of old newspaper clippings, available to the public.

    The collection of clippings were a pleasant surprise for the Foundation. A woman in Franklin County contacted Foundation workers and asked if they would like to have her mother's World War II scrapbooks.

    "I thought we were talking six or seven scrapbooks," said Shannon Brooks, the foundation's associate for research and publications.

    They received 16.

  • Quest Ministries taps into interest of local sportsmen

    There's no shortage of sports enthusiasts in Bedford County and Quest Ministries was established a decade ago at Palestine Baptist Church to reach out to them.

    The ministry continues to grow.

    This past weekend Quest Ministries sponsored its annual Wild Game Dinner with close to 1,000 area hunting and fishing sportsmen in attendance. It's an event that grows every year.

    "Our church family has just embraced it," said Rodney Dellis, about the Wild Game Dinner.