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Today's News

  • Sheriff lauds citizens who help deputy

        Bedford County Deputy Sonny Daniels got a big assist last Wednesday from area residents in his pursuit, and eventual arrest, of 22-year-old Ryan D. Ellis of Forest.

        One of those residents, Randy Willis, was thanked personally by Daniels and Sheriff Mike Brown during a brief ceremony held Thursday at Trio’s Pizza in Forest, where Ellis was eventually arrested.

  • Town has its say

        Back when Lacey Putney was first elected to the House of Delegates, the winner of the Democratic Primary was also the winner of the November election. Putney was first elected by unseating the incumbent delegate, Charles Green, in a Democratic Party primary in 1961.
        Now, at least in Bedford County, the winner of the Republican primary is also the winner of the November election.

  • Coalition reaches out to community

        When he took over as chief at the Bedford Police Department, Todd Foreman stated getting law enforcement involved with the community was crucial.

  • Bedford has top crime rate —sort of

        Crime in the town of Bedford is up.
        In fact, according to the Virginia State Police, the town has the highest rate of crimes per capita in Virginia.
        But those numbers are a bit misleading – according to the report itself.
        For 2014, the VSP report states that the town averaged 11,735 crimes per 100,000 people. Of course, Bedford doesn’t have close to that number of people – but it does have more than the report states.

  • Lawsuit claims racial bias

        A lawsuit filed against the Bedford County School Board, and Dr Douglas Schuch in his capacity as superintendent of schools, alleges that the decision to close Body Camp Elementary School, rather than Moneta Elementary School, was based on racial bias.

  • Following in their footsteps

     

    The Jefferson Forest baseball crew took time from its State playoff run to help the younger aspirants become familiar with the ways of the red and black diamondeers.

    Over 60 young (5-12 years old)ballplayers  headed to Jim Thacker Field for the Cavs’ second annual camp.  “We want to teach fundamentals,” said JF Head Coach Ryan Gilleland.  “If [the campers] can master them, they’re ahead of the game when they get to us.”

  • Sports commentary: Final column

     

     

    This being my last column, I thought I’d share some of my more enjoyable moments from my nine years on the job.

  • Reality vs. Reality TV

    By Mike Poff Big Island

        Critics, pundits, parents, Christians and everything in-between across the nations’ media, breakfast tables, and internet enabled tablets are fumbling and stumbling all around the sad revelations regarding the Duggar family, their TV show, their influence, their faith, and their failures. All old Duggar foes sense blood in the water and swarm for the kill. Old allies rally and circle the wagons and the ruckus just rolls on and on in a modern moral bi-polar free for all.

  • Don’t be scammed!

    By Sheriff Mike Brown

         As economic times get tougher for so many, there are always those who find creative ways to steal your money. Bedford County Sheriff’s Investigators have been receiving numerous reports about scams plaguing our county. Please protect yourself and your loved ones.

  • No coronation for Hillary Clinton

        Some months back it was fashionable to think that Hillary Clinton might not have even a single opponent on her way to the Democratic nomination for president.
        But now, the Democratic field – while not resembling the crowded subway train in the other party – is growing.