Today's News

  • What you need to know about fire extinguishers

    By Marci L. Stone, MBA, EFO
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue

        Last week’s article from Bedford County Fire & Rescue was about preventing cooking fires in the home. In that article we recommended that if you do not already have fire extinguishers in your home that you go out and purchase some. 

  • Campaign dynamics bad for Romney

    Every now and then it’s very enjoyable to stop, pat yourself on the back and reflect upon just how correct you’ve been all along.
        I don’t know how often that happens for the other columnist on this page, but here at “The Agenda,” if you will, it’s not an unknown feeling.

  • 2016: Obama’s America

        I haven’t seen this documentary yet, as of this writing, but I plan to do it over the weekend. By “over the weekend” I mean the one that, from the perspective of those reading this column, has just passed. I always write my rants during the week before publication so that Tom, the editor, has time to read them.

  • The War on Terror

    The attacks this past week on diplomatic posts in Egypt, Libya and other parts of the Middle East and the world were because of the hatred by radical Islamists of the United States, not because of a film.
        It would be laughable to consider such speculation credible—that a low-budget movie sparked such venom—if it weren’t that the official position of our federal government is just that. What does our government say?

  • New venue for Freedom Fund Banquet

        The NAACP’s Bedford Branch will hold its annual Freedom Fund Banquet, slated for Oct. 20 at 6 p.m., at a new venue.

        This year it will be held at The Bedford Columns, located on East Main Street in Bedford, across the street from the Bedford Pregnancy Center in the former Runk and Pratt building.
        The change in venue came after Gaynelle Creasy attended an event there and was impressed with the facility. Creasy is chairman of the banquet committee, charged with organizing the event.

  • Green Party candidate for 5th District favors growing hemp in US

        Ken Hildebrandt, who is running for the 5th Congressional District seat as a Virginia Independent Green, believes that making it legal to grow hemp in the United States will help the district’s economy.

        Hemp is a relative of marijuana, but has low levels of THC, the narcotic agent in marijuana. The plant has historically been used as a source of fibers for ropes and textiles. Hildebrandt believes hemp could become a $1 trillion industry in the United States if its cultivation were legal.

  • Webb named Region V Teacher of the Year

        Jefferson Forest High School band director David Webb is usually not at a loss for words. But Thursday morning was a little different.

  • Forest man claims county didn't follow through with building road on property

        Ten years ago James Youngblood believed Bedford County made him a promise.
        County officials don’t agree.
        At a Board of Supervisors meeting last week, Youngblood, who lives in Forest, made his case before the supervisors, asking that they would revisit an unfulfilled promise that he says has encumbered his 240-acre property off Blackwater Road for the past decade—a decision he says county officials agreed to, in writing.

  • Murder charge certified

        Multiple charges against Charles Edward Glover, 43, of Goodview, were certified to the October grand jury following a preliminary hearing held Monday in General District Court.

        Glover is accused of killing Reginald Perry Bowles outside his Jeters Chapel Road residence in April. He’s also accused of setting fire to Bowles’ residence and a nearby garage.
        Glover also faces trial in November for allegedly breaking into his mother-in-law’s residence and abducting his wife.

  • Another school employee arrest

        A second employee in a year at Liberty High School has been charged with sexual misconduct with a student.

        The arrest also represents the fourth employee in Bedford County Public Schools arrested in connection with inappropriate contact with a student since last October.
        Last Thursday, Sept. 13 Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators were contacted by the Bedford County Department of Social Services and were advised that a 15-year-old student at LHS had made allegations of sexual misconduct.