Today's News

  • Little horse brings big cheer to others

        Sheldon is a miniature horse, but that doesn’t mean he can’t tackle big tasks.

  • Stay #SMLStrong

    Editor’s note:

        Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Vicki Gardner was a victim of the August shooting at Bridgewater Plaza in which two WDBJ7 journalists were killed. She continues to recover from her injuries and submitted this letter in response to all that has happened since the shooting.
    By Vicki Gardner
    Executive Director
    SML Regional
    Chamber of Commerce

  • What started the fire?

        Bedford County’s fire and rescue department hosted a fire investigation seminar last week. The three day seminar was taught by Steve Riggs of the Public Agency Training Council, a national organization.

        “We are the largest privately held public safety training company in the country today,” Riggs said.
        Riggs said they have 78 instructors and conduct between 800 and 900 seminars each year.

  • Foundation celebrates education efforts

        The Bedford Education Foundation held its annual Back-to-School breakfast, Thursday morning, honoring contributors who have provided the Foundation money for grants.

  • Woman charged with shooting her brother

    A Bedford County woman, charged with second degree murder for allegedly shooting her brother last Thursday, was denied bond at a hearing Tuesday morning in Bedford County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

        On October 1  at 12:39 a.m. Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from John Clarke, 1257 Green Mountain Road, stating that his brother-in-law, Paul Thomas, was in his vehicle tearing up their    private road,  according to a news release from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Welch appears in court in Bedford

        The man accused of abducting and killing two Maryland girls, and disposing of their bodies in Bedford County, made his first official court appearance in Bedford Thursday.

  • Evangelist will speak at local missions conference

    Dr. Bob Shelton, who will be speaking at Grace Memorial Baptist Church’s missions conference, had the opportunity of a lifetime in 1952.

        Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek and his forces had been driven from mainland China by Mao Tse-tung’s Communist forces in 1949. Dr. Shelton said Chaing had brought three million people with him, 500,000 of whom were his soldiers.

  • BCPS moves ahead with personalized learning

        Dr. Douglas Schuch, superintendent of schools, briefed the school board about personalized learning at the school board’s Thursday night meeting.
        According to Dr. Schuch, the goal of personalized learning is to empower students to “take ownership of their own education.”
        It also encourages teachers and students to take risks. This is what “fail forward” a term Dr. Schuch uses frequently, means.

  • Man charged with forcible sodomy

        An Eagle Rock man faces three counts of forcible sodomy, having been indicted by a Bedford County grand jury in June and last Friday.
        Arthur Franklin Monday was originally indicted on one count in June, but testimony during a preliminary hearing in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court led to two more charges being filed against him, according to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Stacey Gardner.

  • Challenger calls on sheriff to resign

    seeking to unseat Sheriff Mike Brown in the Nov. 3 election, called on Brown to resign, Friday.
        Stebbins spoke at a sparsely attended public event that was originally slated for Centertown Park, by the clock. Heavy rain forced it to be moved to the community room at the Bedford Central Library.
        Stebbins based his call for Brown’s resignation on recent news about allegations of a county deputy’s misconduct and how that conduct is being used by a convicted felon in an effort to have his conviction overturned.