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Today's News

  • Stanley seeks open government

        At 24, Beckham Stanley is the youngest town council candidate on the ballot. A Bedford native, Stanley graduated from Hampden-Sidney College, near Farmville, with a bachelor of science degree in psychology. He works in Bedford as an insurance agent at Holdren, Eubank and Stanley and does landscaping on a part-time basis.

        Why is he running?
        “It is very important for Bedford to elect a person who has the time and the energy to put into the job,” he said. “I have both.”

  • Bedford man guilty in hit-and-run death

        A Bedford man, who struck and killed a man riding a bicycle on Va. 122 this past March, will spend the next seven-and-a-half years in prison for his actions that day.
        Michael Wayne Jenkins, 27, spent March 21 drinking beer and texting friends and family before he struck and killed Sean McQuaid, Jenkins entered no contest pleas to charges of hit and run with personal injury, aggravated involuntary manslaughter, both felonies, and disorderly conduct and first offense DUI, misdemeanor charges.

  • Community development director named

        County Administrator Mark Reeter announced, Monday evening, that Gregg B. Zody has been hired as the county’s new director of community development. Zody replaces Tim Wilson, who left to take a position with South Boston in June. Zody will take over the job on Nov. 3.

  • BCPS sets up Facebook, Twitter accounts

        Bedford County Public Schools has entered the world of social media.

        At the request of the school board last month, Ryan Edwards, spokesman for the school division, has set up Facebook and Twitter accounts for the school system, providing additional ways for the school system to communicate with parents and the community.
        Edwards said it’s just one more way to keep people informed “about the great happenings going on in our schools.”

  • Students touch hearts of first responders in NYC

        The Rev. Geoff Hubbard, pastor of Cool Spring Presbyterian Church, used to live in New York City.
        So when the terrorist attacks on the city occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, he shared an even deeper concern as he watched the tragedy unfold.

  • '75 abduction case in Maryland leads investigators to Bedford County

    The 1975 abduction and murder case of two sisters in Montgomery County, Maryland, has led investigators to the Taylor Mountain area of Bedford County.

    Investigators with the Montgomery County (MD) Police Department are “zeroing in” on who they believe is responsible for taking the two girls, Sheila and Katherine Lyon, from a popular suburban Washington D.C. shopping center in 1975.

  • Decision delayed

        The Bedford County School Board voted to delay making a decision on whether to close Thaxton Elementary School Thursday. A vote could come by the end of this year, after staff has a chance to craft a plan for where students from that school would be redistricted to attend.

  • Town considers private companies for trash pickup

        The town of Bedford is considering turning over its curbside trash and recycling pickup to a private contractor.
        The town is currently accepting bids from contractors who would be interested in taking over the service. The bid deadline is Sept. 30.
        “If the proposal comes back with the right level of service and the right price, I think it’s something that council will possibly act on,” stated Town Manager Charles Kolakowski.

  • Goodview man to serve 22 months

        A 41-year-old Goodview man was sentenced to 22 months in prison during a hearing in circuit court Friday for an aggravated sexual battery charge that he described as a “prank.”
        Brian Howard Webb called his actions a prank—actions which involved him going into his victim’s room, a girl under the age of 13, without any clothes on and placing his penis in her hand while he thought she was sleeping.

  • Woman pleads guilty to meth charges

        A Forest woman pleaded no contest Friday to charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and having a child present while manufacturing the meth.
        Jessica Lynn Kirsche, 27, entered the pleas in Circuit Court Friday; the commonwealth agreed to not prosecute two other charges she had been indicted on by a grand jury.