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Today's News

  • Wandering into a swamp

        WDBJ7 is the station I normally watch. Most mornings I watch their Mornin’ show so I’ve seen Alison Parker many times. I thought she was a talented reporter who did a great job and had a wonderful on-air personality. It also helped that she was very pretty and ended her stories with a really cute smile.

  • Charles Stebbins

        The best way to assure a student will have success in school is for that student’s parent/guardian to be involved.
        That’s as simple as it gets.
        The more a parent is aware of what their child is learning and doing at school, the more that parent can help make sure the student will succeed.
        If a parent cares, the student is more likely to care as well.

  • Stebbins challenges Brown for Sheriff

        Charles Stebbins is challenging Sheriff Mike Brown for reelection.

        Stebbins, 68, is an Army veteran. He enlisted in the Army in 1966 and is a Vietnam Veteran. He was commissioned as an officer through OCS and became a military police officer. He served a total of 14 years with the Army, four of them on active duty and the rest in the Army Reserve, reaching the rank of major..

  • Confederate flag group makes donations

        A Bedford County Confederate flag group, called Battle Flag Rally for Freedom, raised money during their rally in the Wall-Mart parking lot earlier this month.

        According to Kelly Bowles, a member of Rally, their group is affiliated with Virginia Flaggers, but they are a separate Bedford County group. Bowles said they collected toys for Toys for Tots and funds for the American Cancer Society and the National Kidney Foundation. Friday, Bowles and Matt Daniels delivered the food they collected to Bedford Christian Ministries.

  • Smooth move: New Habitat House goes up

        Bedford Habitat for Humanity set its newest Habitat house on its foundation in Bedford last week.

        The house has a crawlspace, but this is a state-of-the art crawlspace using pre-cast concrete sections. It is completely sealed from the outside and air from the house’s heating and cooling system circulates through it. This will lower the homeowners’ utility bills and keep the crawl space dry.

  • Club Z! offers tutoring option for local students

    Jennifer Whitt always loved to teach.

        So it is natural when she decided to get back into the work force after raising her children she would return to the education field. Last September she launched her tutoring business, Club Z!, based in Forest.

  • Woman faces robbery charge

        A second person has been charged in the robbery Aug. 18 at English Meadows Elks Home off Ashland Avenue in Bedford.
        According to Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman, the woman who claimed she was robbed at knifepoint has now been charged in the crime.
        Foreman said Alicyn Marie Updike, 18, has been charged with robbery in which pills and drugs were taken from the Home.

  • Breaking ground

    Groundbreaking for the Bedford Regional Water Authority’s (BRWA) new water project was held Tuesday morning. The ceremony was held at the intake near the current High Point plant.

        The ceremony included a moment of silence for Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. Gardner was supposed to have been at the ceremony but, instead, is recovering from a gunshot wound she suffered in the Aug. 26 shooting that claimed the lives of two WDBJ journalists.

  • Music teacher sentenced

        A music teacher will serve additional time behind bars for a sexual relationship he had with a minor.

        Luís Roberto Méndez, 43, of Lynchburg, pleaded guilty in February in Bedford Circuit Court to a pair of charges of taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship. The victim was a 17-year-old girl.

  • Gardner released from hospital

        Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber Executive Director Vicki Gardner is now home.

        One of three victims of the August 26 shooting at Smith Mountain Lake, she was discharged from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital on Monday.
        Two WDBJ7 television journalists were killed while filming a live segment on the lake’s anniversary with Gardner.
        On the Facebook page, “Vicki’s Recovery Page,” this note was posted: