Today's News

  • Man charged with Walmart robbery

    A suspect has been charged in the Nov. 26 robbery at Bedford Walmart.

        On Friday, December 8, investigators from the Bedford Police Department obtained warrants on Sherman Romel Jones, 37, of Roanoke, charging him with two counts of robbery.
        The investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible, authorities state.
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        It appears Jones has been tied to other robberies.

  • Pennies for Patients

        For years students at Big Island Elementary School had raised funds each year for the Leukemia Society.

        The fundraiser had been championed by a staff member at the school who had family members touched by cancer. But after she left, that fundraiser fell through the cracks as the school took on some other projects.
        This year when the Leukemia Society called and asked the school to consider adding it back as a fundraiser, the timing was right.

  • Elvis tribute artist going international

    Being Elvis Presley has worked out well for Taylor Rodriguez, a Bedford County teen.

  • Super Scoopers

        “It’s a crappy job, but someone has to do it,” states the motto on David Earick’s business card. Earick owns Super Scoopers, a pet waste removal service.

        Earick, a 2005 Staunton River High School graduate,  grew up in Bedford County. He got the idea for the business after listening to people complain about having to clean up their dogs’ deposits.
        “I always hear people complain about cleaning up after their pet, or stepping in it,” he said.

  • Sheriff’s Office receives accreditation award

        Monday night, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted to table action on changes to the zoning ordinance concerning short term rentals. The changes would extend regulations already in place in the Smith Mountain Lake area to the entire county.

  • Jury recommends five year sentence

        According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Stacey Gardner, the death of Paul Thomas came down to one thing—gravel.

        Last Thursday, Vicky Thomas Clarke, 56,  was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter—she had been charged with second degree murder–for killing her brother in the early morning hours on Oct. 1, 2015. The eight-man, four-woman jury recommended a five-year sentence and also found her not guilty of a use of a firearms charge.

  • Grand jury returns 44 true bills

        A Bedford County grand jury met Friday, returning 44 true bills against 29 defendants, including against 43-year-old Shawn Patrick Overstreet of Bedford.
        Overstreet was indicted on one charge of misdemeanor sexual battery and two charges of online computer solicitation.
        The sexual battery charge alleges that Overstreet sexually touched a girl under the age of 18 but between 15 and 18 years of age. That is alleged to have occurred on July 14 of this year.

  • County has buyer for Thaxton school

        “Vacant school buildings usually don’t end well,” commented County Administrator Carl Boggess.
        That’s not going to be the case with the Thaxton Elementary School building. Monumental Iron Works, a Lynchburg metal fabricating business, has offered to buy 6.5 acres of the property, including the school building. Boggess said the school is structurally sound. It has been vacant since the school closed at the end of the 2015 school year.

  • Town hires economic development coordinator

        Mary Zirkle has accepted an offer of employment to become the Economic Develop-ment Coordinator for the town of Bedford. 
         Zirkle has been serving as town manager of Buchanan for the past three years.  She also has extensive administrative experience in planning and community development gained through her previous employment with Roanoke and Bedford counties as well as Hill Studio. 

  • One Heck of a Ride

    by: Denton Day
    Sports Editor

    Thankful. That was one of the first words that came to the mind of Golden Eagles superstar Grayson Overstreet when looking back at this season.

    A historic season for Staunton River in which the team tied a school record for wins with 13 before falling just short of their ultimate goal of winning a state championship.