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Today's News

  • Shana Witt enters no contest plea to 1st degree murder charge

        When Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz initially described the details of the death of Jordan Smith—the child smothered by his own mother in February 2014—he said such a crime, “rips your heart out.”

        For Jordan Smith’s paternal grandmother that was apparent Friday, as she clutched a picture of her grandson as she left court.
        Now, that the woman who committed the crime has been found guilty, Krantz hopes maybe some healing might begin.

  • Gleaning for others

        Gleaning apples in Bedford County got its start 30 years ago when Roger Lane asked Danny Johnson, owner of Johnson’s Orchards in Bedford County a question — “What do you do with your dropped apples?”

        When Johnson replied that he doesn’t do anything with them, Layne got some people together and gleaned in Johnson’s orchard. He also called Society of St. Andrew, a Bedford County based hunger relief organization which was already gleaning potatoes in its potato project.

  • Hurt stops by Bedford

        Congressman Robert Hurt stopped by Bedford, Tuesday, for a walking tour of Centertown businesses. He said he was touring across the 5th Congressional Districts which includes 23 cities and counties. Hurt is taking a look at the challenges small businesses face.

        “Small businesses create jobs,” he commented.
        Hurt said he is seeing two challenges. One is the rising cost of health care. The other is getting access to capital.

  • County fair returns!

        A Bedford County fair will open its gates, for the first time in more than 40 years, Friday at 1 p.m.

  • Bond set in solicitation of minor case

        A Lynchburg man, working at Bedford Middle School as a day treatment counselor, was granted bond last week on a charge related to sexual exploitation of a child, whom he first approached at the school.
        On Friday July 31, Cleveland Leroy Coaxum Jr., of Lynchburg, was arrested on warrants related to the sexual exploitation of a minor. Coaxum, 26, was charged with three felonies involving the use of communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children.

  • Middle school project moving forward

        The Bedford County School Board will soon be ready to hire an architectural firm to design the new middle school and the competition gym for Liberty High School.
        The number of firms applying for the job has  been whittled down to the final four, which a committee from the school board will interview Thursday. A company will be presented to the entire school board next month for final approval.

  • Flaggers stop in Bedford

        About 250 people, arriving in some 125 vehicles, made their way through Bedford Saturday to show their support for the heritage of the Confederate Flag.

        The Virginia Flaggers have held numerous events and stopped in Bedford at the Wal-Mart parking lot as part of several stops Saturday.
        “We responded to make sure everything stayed calm,” stated Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman.

  • School system unveils new App

        The new App for the school district is available for both android phone and iPhones. Key features include providing at-your-fingertips access to lunch menus, calendar events and the latest news for both the school and the district.

  • Reynolds’ legacy lives on at Peoples

        Mike Reynolds first opened the doors of Peoples Furniture on the first business day in January, 1935 — in the depth of the Great Depression. Businesses had failed all over the place, but Peoples thrived.

        The business is still in the Reynolds family. Brian Reynolds, Mike’s grandson, and his wife, Kim, represent the second generation of the Reynolds family to run the store. Brian inherited the store after Mike died in 2012 at the age of 99.

  • New trash carts to be delivered

        About half of the town of Bedford’s residential solid waste customers will be receiving carts for their trash within the next six weeks.

        The town is implementing a new cart system for its solid waste collection in order to help streamline the pickup process. Council approved, in this year’s budget, purchasing 1,100 carts to be handed out to half the customers; it is expected to provide funding for the rest of the town’s customers next year.