Today's News

  • Town electric rates may increase

        During a 5:30 p.m. work session, last week, Bedford Town Council discussed recommendations  that were part of a study on what the electric department charges customers.
        This followed a presentation by John Wagner, the department’s director, on the electric department’s capital needs. These include major upgrades to the Snowdon Hydroelectric Plant on the James River.
        Council is looking at possibly increasing the electric department’s customer charges, which will vary by rate groups.

  • Welch trial set for October

        The capital murder trial against Lloyd Lee “Michael” Welch Jr., 59, is expected to take three to four weeks and is set to begin Oct. 18.

  • Craigslist sex ad pleas

        Jennifer Anne Bandy-Mitchell, 23, of Roanoke, entered guilty pleas, Tuesday, to abduction and malicious wounding charges that stem from a response to an online personal ad she ran for sex that turned violent.
        According to Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance, Matthew William Caruso responded to a personal ad Bandy-Mitchell ran on Craigslist for casual sex, arriving at a home in Bedford County near the town of Bedford on July 22, 2015.

  • Bedford County Fair to be held Sept. 1-4

        After a successful first year back, the Second Annual Bedford County Fair will be held on Labor Day weekend.

        The Bedford County Agricultural Economic Development Advisory Board (AEDAB), in partnership with the Bedford County Tourism Department, will host the Fair September 1-4.

  • D-Day Memorial waives fees for county students

        The National D-Day Memorial will waive educational programming fees for Bedford County Public School students in 6th, 9th and 11th grades who visit the Memorial as part of a school organized field trip.

        “We’ve noticed over the years that attendance by county students has gone down,” said April Cheek-Messier, president of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation.

  • Offering Grace

        Josh Ball left last week’s Bedford Town Council meeting a bit frustrated.

        Ball opened a homeless shelter in 6 C’s Shopping Center last fall. He is opening the office that will serve as a counseling and training center just a couple of doors down. The problem he was facing is that he doesn’t have a great deal of money available and the $600 deposit the electric department wanted was going to hit the ministry hard. He came to council to ask that the fee be waived or reduced.

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  • Liberty boys fall to Glass

    Sports Editor
        The Liberty boys basketball team traveled to E.C. Glass on Wednesday, Jan. 26 for the first of two district match ups against E.C. Glass. The Minutemen fell 53-34 to the Hilltoppers.
        Liberty started out strong with a 12-9 lead in the first. The Hilltoppers came back strong in the second and took the lead 26-17 at the half.

  • Staunton River girls defeat William Byrd

    Sports Editor
        The Lady Golden Eagles took on William Byrd for a district rematch on Wednesday, Jan. 27.  In the first game the Lady Terriers defeated the Lady Eagles 50-46.
        “I think we played hard,” said Coach Kim Jones
        Staunton River was 9-6 going into the rematch, and Byrd was 9-5. River defeated Byrd 50-43.

  • Staunton River boys fall to Byrd

    Sports Editor
        The Staunton River boys basketball team played William Byrd on Wednesday, Jan. 27 in a district rematch. The Golden Eagles fell 61-47 to Byrd.
        The game got off to a slow start in the first period. Byrd took the lead 11-7. Byrd extended its lead to 18-13 at the half.