Today's News

  • Jury recommends five year sentence

        According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Stacey Gardner, the death of Paul Thomas came down to one thing—gravel.

        Last Thursday, Vicky Thomas Clarke, 56,  was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter—she had been charged with second degree murder–for killing her brother in the early morning hours on Oct. 1, 2015. The eight-man, four-woman jury recommended a five-year sentence and also found her not guilty of a use of a firearms charge.

  • Pennies for Patients

        For years students at Big Island Elementary School had raised funds each year for the Leukemia Society.

        The fundraiser had been championed by a staff member at the school who had family members touched by cancer. But after she left, that fundraiser fell through the cracks as the school took on some other projects.
        This year when the Leukemia Society called and asked the school to consider adding it back as a fundraiser, the timing was right.

  • Elvis tribute artist going international

    Being Elvis Presley has worked out well for Taylor Rodriguez, a Bedford County teen.

  • Sheriff’s Office receives accreditation award

        Monday night, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted to table action on changes to the zoning ordinance concerning short term rentals. The changes would extend regulations already in place in the Smith Mountain Lake area to the entire county.

  • Grand jury returns 44 true bills

        A Bedford County grand jury met Friday, returning 44 true bills against 29 defendants, including against 43-year-old Shawn Patrick Overstreet of Bedford.
        Overstreet was indicted on one charge of misdemeanor sexual battery and two charges of online computer solicitation.
        The sexual battery charge alleges that Overstreet sexually touched a girl under the age of 18 but between 15 and 18 years of age. That is alleged to have occurred on July 14 of this year.

  • County has buyer for Thaxton school

        “Vacant school buildings usually don’t end well,” commented County Administrator Carl Boggess.
        That’s not going to be the case with the Thaxton Elementary School building. Monumental Iron Works, a Lynchburg metal fabricating business, has offered to buy 6.5 acres of the property, including the school building. Boggess said the school is structurally sound. It has been vacant since the school closed at the end of the 2015 school year.

  • Town hires economic development coordinator

        Mary Zirkle has accepted an offer of employment to become the Economic Develop-ment Coordinator for the town of Bedford. 
         Zirkle has been serving as town manager of Buchanan for the past three years.  She also has extensive administrative experience in planning and community development gained through her previous employment with Roanoke and Bedford counties as well as Hill Studio. 

  • Suspect in Walmart robbery charged

    A suspect has been charged in the Nov. 26 robbery at Bedford Walmart.

    On Friday, December 8, investigators from the Bedford Police Department obtained warrants on Sherman Romel Jones, 37, of Roanoke, charging him with two counts robbery.

    The investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible, authorities state.


    Other jurisdictions

    It appears Jones has been tied to other robberies.

  • Christmas Capitol of America

    By Nicole Johnson
    Director of Tourism

        Many of us in Bedford have a long-standing tradition of driving through the Elks Home each December to view the light display.  I remember my parents taking me several times each December.  Christmas just wasn’t complete without seeing the Elks Home, and of course we had to roll the windows down so we could hear the music.  I have continued this tradition with my son, and hope that he will do the same with his children one day. 

  • Sexual harassers put on notice!

        The recent parade of sexual harassment charges against powerful men in entertainment, media and politics surely represents a sea change in the way women will respond in the future to such assaults.
        Hopefully, it will also finally put piggish men on notice that, in this modern era, what your daddy and granddaddy thought they could get away with won’t work anymore. That can only be progress.