Today's News

  • Obama takes initiative on jobs

        President Obama has lately had either bad publicity or watched on the sidelines as most of the media’s attention has been on Republican candidates for his job.

        But all that changed with his Sept. 8 speech to a Joint Session of Congress. The president laid out his plan for a $447 billion jobs program that would put people back to work on the nation’s infrastructure of roads and bridges.

  • Wrestling with the budget bear

  • Virginia to take healthcare law challenge to Supreme Court

        Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia’s attorney general, stopped by Bedford, Thursday night, for a local Republican fundraiser.

        It just happened that this was the same day a federal appeals court dismissed Virginia’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the personal insurance mandate in President Obama’s healthcare law. A three judge panel ruled that the challenge lacked legal standing to bring the lawsuit.

  • Burglary could put charity's work in jeopardy

        A burglary this week could put a local charity’s work in jeopardy.

        According to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded, Monday, to 1913 Belltown Rd. in Bedford in reference to a burglary.

  • Local youth brings Elvis to the stage

    Step aside Justin Bieber, Elvis is still King.

        Taylor Rodriguez enjoys performing. And he’s gathering a following around this area.
        The 13-year-old Forest Middle School student brings the songs of Elvis to the stage and he welcomes the chance to portray the King.
        He’ll be doing just that this Saturday, Sept. 17, at El Cazador Restaurant in Bedford, from 6-9 p.m.

  • New London Airport to hold 42nd fly-in

        The New London Airport will hold its 42nd annual Down-Home Fly In on Sept. 18. According to David Miller, the airport manager, the event will feature something for the whole family.

        There will be children’s games, including an opportunity for them to paint whatever they desire on a hangar. And they will have something that is unique to New London Airport — the Kids’ Bomb Drop.

  • Jury finds Forest woman not guilty of indecent liberties charge

    A Bedford County woman has been found not guilty of taking indecent liberties with a minor in custodial care by a Bedford County jury Wednesday.

    Valerie Casto, 40, of Forest, was an eighth grade teacher at Dunbar Middle School. The Bedford County Commonwealth's Attorney's office claimed that Casto had exposed herself to a former student, who had just turned 15, at her Forest home.

  • District 5 School Board candidates

        Julie Bennington, who represents District 5 on the Bedford County School Board, is seeking her second term. She was first appointed to the board in the spring of 2007 to replace Bill Wiese, who left the area to take a new job in North Carolina, and won a full term in the regular election that fall.

  • Remembering 9/11

        Those attending Saturday’s 9/11 Prayer Breakfast in Bedford got an inside look—and an important reminder—of how and why many in the military value their prayers.

        Lieutenant Robert R. Bocek Jr., a former US Navy SEAL platoon commander, shared with them about the brotherhood forged through the elite SEAL members and the place faith plays on a daily basis for those who are Christians.
        “It does make a difference,” he said of prayer.

  • Forest woman not guilty of indecent liberties with minor

    A Bedford County woman was found not guilty, Wednesday morning in Bedford County Circuit Court, of taking indecent liberties with a minor.