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Today's News

  • Staunton River bests Jefferson Forest in County Clash

    Staunton River and Jefferson Forest met in a highly anticipated home opener on the Eagles’ turf on Aug. 25.

    It was expected to be a neck-in-neck, fight to the death type game, and it certainly lived up to the hype, but the Eagles’ more experienced team capitalized on an injured Cavalier squad who was forced to put in several second and third string players.

  • The end of ‘heritage’ propaganda

        After Charlottesville, we’re seeing a dramatic change in the attitudes of many Americans: The increasing consensus is that, yes, it’s time to remove Confederate statues and monuments off public property and stop the pretense that Confederate leaders should be revered.
        Right now, after the death of Heather Haier – hopefully the last victim of a war that ended in 1865 – Confederate statues are coming down in a frenzy across the South.

  • Thoughts on Charlottesville

        I’ve been thinking about the events that took place in Charlottesville on Aug. 12. It’s a rather complex, and ugly thing and I’ve come to several conclusions.
        Let me start out by saying that I’m totally opposed to the removal of any Confederate memorials. I am totally opposed to covering them with anything. They should be left right where they have been for 90 years or more. None of these monuments were divisive until some people, for political reasons, started to call for their removal.

  • The Gentleman from Bedford

        Lacey Putney was a statesman, a citizen legislator—the longest serving in Virginia—and a veteran.
        Putney was a Big Island native, a mentor and a good ole country boy.
        He was always ready to tell a story, was a man of action and vigorously represented this area.
        This past Saturday, Putney moved on to his reward, passing away at the age of 89.

  • Hales Ford Bridge repairs to begin

        Repairs to the Hales Ford Bridge on Route 122 (Booker T. Washington Highway) are set to begin next week and will impact traffic until the end of the year. The bridge is located on the Bedford/Franklin County line in the area of Bridgewater Plaza.
        Beginning September 6, the bridge will be reduced to one lane and a temporary signal will be in place allowing traffic to alternate crossing the bridge. This traffic pattern will remain in place through December 2017 or until bridge deck overlay on the bridge is complete, weather permitting.

  • New system will help with public safety

        Amherst County, Bedford County and the city of Lynchburg have launched a new public safety communications system, offering extended coverage and the ability to communicate with other localities during emergency or other public safety incidents.

  • LHS to hold Homecoming parade

        Bedford Town Council voted last week to close streets for what Liberty High School Student Council Association President Foster Garrett hopes will be the start of a new tradition — a Liberty High School Homecoming parade.
        Garrett, who spoke before Council supporting the street closure.
        “I think this will be the start of a nice, new tradition,” Garrett said.
        Garrett said the parade will include the school’s band and floats. It will be held on Sept. 22.

  • Fisher receives bond

    A Lynch Station man, facing child porn charges, was granted bond following a hearing Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court.

         Bobby Matthew Fisher, 23, is facing six charges connected to an investigation earlier this month.
        On August 4 investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office assigned to the Southern Virginia Internet    Crimes Against Children Taskforce (SOVA-ICAC) began investigating a case involving the solicitation of child pornography.

  • Former BCC golf pro sentenced for embezzlement

        A former golf pro at Bedford Country Club will have to pay back $24,000 he embezzled from the club, but won’t spend any time in jail for his two embezzlement convictions.
        Michael Edward Thompson, 47, of Stanley, Virginia, was sentenced to five years in prison on the convictions, but all of that time was suspended by Judge James Updike during his sentencing hearing in Bedford Circuit Court Friday.

  • Officials provide updates at Chamber event

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce held a Town Hall lunch last week. The event gave Chamber members the opportunity to hear from local government officials and to ask questions.
        Town officials spoke about growth. Councilman Steve Rush said the meals tax is bringing in significant revenue which lets the town provide incentives for businesses. He also noted that Bedford has a hotel on the horizon. Work on a business class hotel in Harmony, on the west end of town, is slated to begin next year.