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Today's News

  • Rallying support for one of their own

        Captain Joel Starnes, of the Forest Fire Department, got some bad news just before Christmas. He was diagnosed with leukemia.

        According to Ryan Burnette, the fire department’s public information officer, Starnes started to receive chemotherapy at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond.

  • Council considers raising electric rates

        Electric rates in the town of Bedford will likely increase 4 percent Feb. 1, if council approves a resolution it is expected to consider next Tuesday.
        That increase would be in addition to a 3 percent increase that went into effect this past July 1.
        The resolution is being prepared for consideration following council’s called meeting Tuesday afternoon where it met—via computer—with a representative of Utility Financial Solutions LLC about the financial issues of the electric department.

  • Hostutler elected School Board chairman

        On a 4-2 vote Thursday, District 4 representative Gary Hostutler was reelected chairman of the Bedford County School Board for the upcoming year.
        The vote took place during the board’s organizational meeting.

  • Sister to Sister Catering & Coffee House

    By Patricia C Held

    Contributing writer

        Helen Walters pairs a passion for cooking with a flair for hosting at her Sister to Sister Catering & Coffee House in downtown Bedford.
        Growing up in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Helen described family dinners at her home as never dull. “We always had company and there never was a boring moment.”

  • Bedford man to serve 15 mos.

        A Bedford man is now a convicted sex offender after pleading no contest Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court to taking indecent liberties with a child.
        A no contest plea means the defendant neither admits or disputes a charge. It has the same effect as a guilty plea.
        According     to     Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Ayers, the offenses happened in 2006. Mario Rivero, now 43, was accused of fondling a minor girl through her clothing.

  • Main Street seeks input on Farmers Market

        With spring just around the corner, it is almost time for the 2015 Farmers Market season to begin.
        In November there was an open community forum regarding the needs and expectations for this year’s market season.  Hearing the concerns from the community, a Farmers Market Management team was born. This team is comprised of Jared Srsic, Susan Martin, Patrick Ellis, Bill Mosley, Rachael Ellis, Bart Warner, Amanda Adams and Scott Baker.

  • Stabbing leads to 2 arrests

        An altercation Wednesday evening led to the stabbing of two women at a Bedford residence.
        The incident occurred Jan. 14 around 7:30 p.m. at a residence in the 1300 block of Lowry Street. According to Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman, two women went onto the property at Lowry Street and the altercation occurred between the two teens and two men.

  • Ex-Gov. McDonnell sentenced to 2 years in prison

    By Benjamin May and Sean CW Korsgaard
    Capital News Service

  • One person dies in mobile home fire

    fire Friday morning at a Saber Court mobile home, located off of Blackwater Road in the New London area.

        The Bedford Fire Department assisted the Forest Fire Department in responding to the call.
        According to Lt. Ryan Burnette of the Forest Volunteer Fire Department the call for the fire came in about 4:45 a.m. Burnette said the mobile home was fully involved in the fire when firefighters arrived.

  • Investigators think they are close

        Local, state and federal law enforcement were working together this week in hopes of finding the bodies of  Sheila and Katherine Lyon, abducted four decades ago in Montgomery County, Maryland.
        The four-decade long investigation into the missing girls has been focused in the Taylor’s Mountain area of Bedford County since early last fall. A search for the bodies of the two girls has been ongoing over the rough terrain of the mountain.