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Today's News

  • When tragedy strikes

    It was a gruesome scene.
        Just before 3 p.m. Monday afternoon, as the second half of the 23,000 runners participating in the Boston Marathon continued to make their way to the finish line, two bombs went off at the end of that 26.2-mile course.
        At least three people were killed; more than 140 injured.
        It was mass carnage—and mass confusion.
        Many of those injured were children; an 8-year-old child was among those killed.

  • Man sentenced in water filtration scam

        A man accused of carrying out a water purification system scam in multiple localities pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in Bedford County Circuit Court, to three counts of construction fraud.

        Larry Eugene Foster, 46, was picked up by the U.S. Marshal’s Service in Nashville, Tenn., in August and has been in custody in Bedford County since last fall.

  • County man pleads guilty to stabbing his wife

        Kenneth Ray Fitzgerald, a 56-year-old Bedford County man, will spend the next five years in prison for stabbing his wife last year. He pleaded guilty, Tuesday morning in Bedford County Circuit Court, to possession of a firearm by a felon and malicious wounding.

        According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock, Fitzgerald and his wife were headed for divorce. An argument broke out between the two on Oct. 12 about the tax issues involved.

  • BSTC electrical program prepares students for needed jobs

        He’s a pastor, a teacher and a state licensed master electrician.
        Now he has another title to add to his resume.

        Aaron Payne has been named the Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC) teacher of the year. Payne teaches BSTC’s electrical course.
        Payne said demand is high for electricians. While overall unemployment is high, that is not true for electricians.

  • Butt out

        Bedford Memorial Hospital is a smoke-free facility.

        Smoking is prohibited both inside the hospital and on the grounds. Nevertheless BMH has a problem with cigarette butts littering the grounds. This year the hospital held a spring clean-up.
         Employees took a break from their regular work and went outside to police the grounds last week, on April 4 and 5. About 20 employees participated.

  • Goal, mission still the same

    Back in December, the board of the  Bedford Hospice House, Inc. announced its facility off Falling Creek Road was suspending operations in order to reorganize and find a workable business plan.
        Four months later the board continues to work with possible partners to fulfill that goal and the organization’s mission, according to volunteer Board President Jeffrey Fulgham.

  • Stirring up some brew

        Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest celebrated the 270th anniversary of Jefferson’s birth with a craft beer tasting.

  • Bombing hits close to home

        Monday’s bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon struck close to home for Bedford County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock—Wheelock’s sister, Jessica Doyle was one of the more than 23,000 participants.
        “She’s fine,” Wheelock said of his sister, who had finished the race about 30 minutes before the first of two explosions.

  • Chief Day recovering

    Bedford Police Chief Jim Day is back at work, though he’s still recovering from injuries he received after being struck by a car while riding his bicycle on Va. 43 on April 6.

        Tuesday was his first day back on the job; he will work half days this week and probably come back full-time on Monday.
        “We’ll just see how these next couple of days go,” he said of his recovery.

  • Bulletin update: Ball to run as Constitution Party candidate for 19th House District

    Joshua Ball, 25 of Bedford announced his candidacy for the Virginia House of Delegates last week, seeking the seat in the 19th district being vacated by long-time independent Delegate Lacey Putney.

    Ball, a pastor in the Bedford area, announced his candidacy at the Bedford County Administration Building flanked by family and friends. He has secured the nomination of the Constitution Party of Virginia.