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Today's News

  • Man arrested in stabbing incident

        On Thursday, September 14,  at about 8:13 a.m.., the Bedford Police Department responded to a report of a stabbing at a residence in the 400 block of West King Street in the town. 
        The first officers arrived to find Dewayne Eric Simmons, 34 of Bedford, and a 46-year-old female of Bedford, inside the residence.  Dewayne Simmons ran on foot from the residence to wooded area across Crenshaw Street from the residence. 

  • 18 of 19 county schools fully accredited

         Mark Blankenship, supervisor of testing and planning, gave the school board an update on school accreditation Thursday night.
        Blankenship said that all the county’s schools were fully accredited 10 years ago. That changed when the state came out with new standards of learning (SOL). When that happened the county ended up with only seven out of 21 schools fully accredited.

  • A visit from Patton

        General George Patton was not at D-Day, George Patton Waters, his grandson noted, when he spoke to a group from the 315th Infantry Regiment 70th Anniversary Reunion at the National D-Day Memorial, Friday.

        However, what’s important is who else wasn’t at D-Day. Thanks to Gen. Patton, five German divisions were in Calais, not Normandy, on D-Day.

  • Prosecutor happy with sentence

    Wes Nance remembers the initial presentation made to members of the Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office about a new case they were taking on—a case that began in Maryland 40 years ago and one that investigators believed ended on Taylors Mountain in Bedford County.

  • LHS to have homecoming parard

        The first ever Liberty High School Homecoming parade will take place Friday, Sept. 22, in Centertown Bedford, and the public is invited to attend.

        Why a parade?
        Cars and floats are no longer permitted to circle the football field due to the new track surface at Liberty. As Student Council President Foster Garrett stated, “The whole SCA is very excited to start this new tradition of the Homecoming parade, and we hope the community is as excited as we are.”

  • Christians should be fighting racism

        You’d think that Christian people, who claim to follow a religion that teaches love, tolerance and understanding, would be the first in our world to stand strong against racism, both past and present.
        But in the South, particularly, that just hasn’t been the case. Too often, self-styled Christians have led the way in rationalizing, justifying and defending racist practices and making excuses for the Confederacy.

  • Charlottesville was not about slavery

        Rick Howell was very observant to notice that I didn’t use the word “slavery” in my column on what happened in Charlottesville on Aug. 12.  The reason I did not use the word “slavery” is the same reason Mr. Howell made such big deal over the fact that I did not use the word.

  • Business raises funds for hurricane relief

        Blue Ridge Optics, a Bedford high tech manufacturer — they make optics that send laser beams precisely where the engineers, who design equipment, want them to go — is holding a yard sale to raise money for hurricane relief.

        The yard sale is slated for Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale will be held at the company’s manufacturing facility in the former Longwood Industries building. It’s located near the Food Lion shopping center and is directly across Big Island Highway from Forks’ parking lot.

  • Business raises funds for hurricane relief

        Blue Ridge Optics, a Bedford high tech manufacturer — they make optics that send laser beams precisely where the engineers, who design equipment, want them to go — is holding a yard sale to raise money for hurricane relief.

  • A final goodbye

        A gathering of local and state dignitaries, along with local people who had known him for decades, gathered at Bedford Baptist Church Friday afternoon, to say a last goodbye to former Delegate Lacey Putney.