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Today's News

  • 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:

  • Gun violence: America’s terrible shame

        One of my best friends is a Roanoke native who now lives in Cary, North Carolina, just outside Raleigh. He’s always said that Roanoke is never in the national news unless it’s for something bad.
        Unfortunately, he was proven right on Aug. 26, when the two WDBJ journalists were gunned to death, doing what should have been a routine story on Smith Mt. Lake and the local chamber of commerce.

  • Hoist by her own petard
  • Local tragedy sends shockwaves across the world

        It didn’t take long for word to spread.
        There had been a shooting at Smith Mountain Lake – on live TV.
        At first there was confusion. But soon it became all too clear.
        Tragedy had struck the Lake community, the media family—and, the world.
        At times like this, people come together.

  • Never forget

    By Rev. Troy Keaton

        It’s the morning we will never forget.  We will never forget where we were when we heard the news that our incredible community had become the center of the news world.  

        We will never forget the sadness when we learned that two young precious lives were taken so soon. 
        We will never forget the fear and shock we felt when we heard that our own executive director, Vicki Gardner, had also been shot but was thankfully still alive. 

  • Montvale man faces malicious wounding charge

        Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an Adventure Mountain Road address in Montvale on Saturday Aug. 29 at 8:30 p.m.  A person at that residence had called 911 dispatchers and said that Alvie Ferris was there and had  allegedly assaulted several people. On arrival deputies discovered Ferris was no longer there. Phillip Warfe, 61, was transported to Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital. He was later transferred to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital with internal injuries.   

  • Man accused of assaulting woman

        Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call, on Saturday, Aug 29 at 1: 30 p.m.,  to a residence in the 1200 block of Breezy Hill Road, Vinton.
        The caller, who was calling from Botetourt County, said that her 28-year-old daughter, Ashley Brogan, was at this residence and was possibly being assaulted by Willard Hale, according to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Council considers a dog park

        Bedford Town Council held a discussion on the possibility of building a dog park at Greenwood Park.
        According to Councilman Beckham Stanley, a survey showed that 75 percent of town residents favor a dog park. He told council that the park can be built with private money. Stanley said  Jamie Snell. a fencing contractor, has offered to make a $4,600 in-kind donation for fencing and James Jones, a local excavation contractor, has offered to help. According to Stanley, the Bedford Humane Society will keep it clean.