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Today's News

  • Centerfest Corner

    ByAmanda Adams
    Executive Director
    Bedford Main Street, Inc.

        Of course, Centerfest is about food, art, music, shopping, BMX, and carnival rides! But do you know what makes Centerfest the biggest success? It’s all of our volunteers!
        Maybe you’ve been thinking you want to be involved in Centerfest, but you weren’t sure how to make that happen. Have you thought about being a Centerfest volunteer?

  • Shameful antics of House Republicans

        Just before the 113th Congress left for its month-long August vacation, House Republicans finally got something done: They voted to sue the president.
        That’s it. And that’s all they’ve got. They’ve accomplished nothing else all year long for the American people.
        The president is to be sued because of executive actions he took to delay some implementations of the new health care law. He has also been cited by Republicans “for doing nothing” on the border crisis.

  • Liberals' antipathy toward Christianity

    I remain convinced that liberals are hostile to Christianity.  Here is just one example of why I’ve come to that conclusion.
        The Obama Administration did its best to force a family owned business called Hobby Lobby to comply with ObamaCare mandates on birth control. Hobby Lobby is not a publicly traded company. It’s entirely owned by David and Barbara Green and their three children.

  • Smith pleads guilty

        Michael Anthony Smith pleaded guilty, last week, to charges stemming from the death of his 2-year-old son this past winter. The boy’s mother, Shana Witt, has been charged with smothering the boy with a stuffed toy.
        According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz, an investigation indicated that the couple delayed calling emergency services for up to two hours while they got rid of evidence of a meth lab operating in the house.

  • Grand jury indicts two men for aggravated involuntary manslaughter

        Two men, charged with aggravated involuntary manslaughter in separate cases, have been indicted by the August grand jury in Bedford County.
        Michael Wayne Jenkins, 27 of Bedford, was indicted for aggravated involuntary manslaughter, assault on medical personnel and felony hit and run.
         Jenkins is charged with hitting a bicyclist on Va. 122, near Va. 24 on March 21 and then leaving the scene of the accident. Sean McQuaid, the bicyclist, died from his injuries the next day.

  • Bedford native shares passion for art, aircraft

        Gene Thomas, a Bedford native and 1971 Liberty High School grad, has loved art since his elementary school days.

        “I started drawing when I was in fourth grade,” he said.
        He was also fascinated with military aircraft from the time he was in elementary school. His drawings came from photographs in a book called “Fighting Aces in the Pacific.”

  • Crash victim to speak at All Women’s Gathering

        Aglow International is hosting an All Women’s Gathering at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church Aug. 22-23. The gathering will feature Jennifer Barrick, of Forest.

        Jennifer, now 22, suffered a traumatic brain injury when she was 15.  Her family’s van was hit head-on by a drunk driver going 80 mph with no lights on although it was dark, seriously injuring the entire family. The van was so mangled the emergency responders had to extricate the family from the vehicle.

  • Judge denies bond in murder-for-hire case

        Kevin Colgan, charged with trying to hire a hit man to murder his wife, is still in jail where he has been since he was arrested on June 19.
        According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz, Colgan was originally denied bail by Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Louis Harrison. He appealed that decision to Bedford County Circuit Court where Judge James Updike denied him bail last week.

  • One man remains missing following boat collision

        Conservation police officers with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) are searching Smith Mountain Lake for Ronald Lemons, 73, of Vinton, who remained missing Tuesday morning after a Thursday night boat collision.
        According to Lt. Chris Thomas, of DGIF, Henry Brown, 64, Donald Schlosser, 64, and a 17-year-old male, all of Greensboro, North Carolina, were aboard a 37-foot Chris Craft cabin cruiser trolling for stripers when their boat was struck by a 21-foot Trident bass boat with Lemons and James McCulloch III aboard.

  • Suspect killed

        A Bedford County Sheriff’s Office deputy shot and killed a suspect in a home invasion that occurred last Tuesday night, July 29.
        At 8:03 p.m. Tuesday night, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from 1554 Stewartsville Road, Moneta. The caller reported that she was home alone and was in the shower, when a male broke into her home.