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Today's News

  • Bedford Main Street, National D-Day Memorial dedicate bench

        A new bench has been placed in Centertown Plaza and dedicated to the National D-Day Memorial and those who served on D-DAY.

  • Safe families

        Patrick Henry Family Services is serving as the pilot site, in Virginia, for a program called Safe Families for Children. It’s a program for faith-based organizations and local department of social services directors are excited about it.

        “They are trying to recruit families to take children into their home when the birth family is having a crisis,” said Andy Crawford, Bedford County’s director of social services.

  • County family hosts Austrian farm girl

    A Bedford County family is hosting an Austrian farm girl under the International 4-H Youth Exchange.

        It’s turnabout for the McPherson family. Last year, Jaycey McPherson, who is now 19, spent a summer in Finland the guest of a Finnish farm family in northern Finland under the same program.
        This year the McPherson family is the host. Rita Koch stayed with them as part of her sojourn in Virginia. Fortunately for the McPhersons, Rita speaks good English.

  • Farmers urged to secure loads for safety

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and Farm Bureau want to urge people to secure loads when hauling them on the county’s highways. This can be a special problem with the large round hay bales used today.

        Sheriff Mike Brown  said deputies find them on county roads on a weekly basis. This happens because somebody was hauling hay bales without strapping them down and one or more rolled off.
        “The danger is great,” Miller said.

  • Local youth recognized for their effort to improve the community

        Boys with a Dream was recognized at a lunch at the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Thursday.
        “All we thought they were doing was playing basketball,” commented Robert Carson, president of the Bedford chapter of the NAACP.

  • Alford plea leads to conviction

        Patricia Jean Welch, 66, entered an Alford plea Tuesday to a charge of lying to a multi-jurisdictional grand jury investigating the case of two sisters who went missing in 1975 in Maryland.

        Welch was found guilty of the charge, but won’t spend any time in jail, receiving a two-year suspended sentence. She will have to pay a $1,000 fine and be on good behavior for five years.
        “We’re satisfied with the Alford plea,” stated Patricia Ann Welch, the daughter of Patricia Jean Welch.

  • More details emerge in solicitation, abduction case

        More details of the case against a 26-year-old man charged with soliciting a relationship with a 14-year-old Bedford County girl came to light last Wednesday during a preliminary hearing on an abduction by force charge.
        Already indicted on four counts of computer solicitation and one count of carnal knowledge, the additional abduction charge against Angelo  E. Paderes Sr., has now been certified to the grand jury after Judge Joseph Serkes found there was sufficient evidence to send the case on to the grand jury.

  • Grace House protests proposed zoning change

        The public comment portion of Bedford Town Council rarely has speakers, but last week’s Council meeting was an exception.
        The Rev. Joshua Ball, pastor of Grace Ministries, is worried that new language being added to the town’s zoning ordinance to permit emergency homeless shelters in business areas will actually hurt the homeless shelter  he operates. He and several of the residents came to speak about the shelter’s importance.

  • Body in barrel case moves ahead to grand jury

        Charges against a Roanoke man, accused of putting his deceased grandmother in a steel barrel while living in Bedford County so he could continue to collect her social security checks, have been certified to the grand jury, following a preliminary hearing Monday in General District Court.

         Robert Andrew Wozniak, 48, has been charged with four counts of obtaining money by false pretenses and one count of disposing of a body with malicious intent to avoid detection.

  • Man faces charges for soliciting 14-year-old girl

        A 26-year-old man, accused of soliciting a 14-year-old girl, has been indicted on the charges by a Bedford County grand jury.

        Angelo E. Paderes Sr., who is listed with a Bedford address on court records but was arrested in Georgia, is facing four counts of computer solicitation and one count of carnal knowledge. He was indicted on all of those counts by the grand jury.