Today's News

  • Teen charged with arson, firing gun at vehicles

        A Bedford County man who is described as having mental issues has been arrested following a manhunt Thursday after he allegedly fired shots in his home and at several vehicles.

        Thursday’s incidents led to the arrest of 18-year-old Daniel Flint. He was initially charged with arson, malicious shooting of an occupied vehicle and attempted malicious shooting of an occupied vehicle. Later Thursday evening, he was also charged with possession of a firearm after being involuntarily committed to a mental hospital.

  • Council looks at solar power

        Bedford is planning to apply for Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) revenue sharing funds to build some additional sidewalks in town—and is also looking for someone willing to build a solar farm on town property.
        Last Tuesday Wayne Hale, the town’s engineering services manager, briefed Council on areas that need attention.

  • School board OK’s money for track, baseball field upgrades

        After hearing from two speakers asking that more money be spent to improve the three county high schools’ tracks, the Bedford County School Board voted Thursday to spend an additional $133,000—$1.2 million in all—for the upgrades.
        Jerome Loy, a former county teacher and track coach, and Joe Curcio, the Staunton River track coach and state meet organizer, both asked that the JF track, during the upgrades, be made into an eight-lane track. This would allow the county to host a state meet in the future.

  • Shelter worker charged with animal cruelty

        A worker at the Bedford County Animal Shelter has been charged with felony animal cruelty, in connection with injuries to a cat that led it to have to be euthanized.
        Bryan Skinnell, 43, of Bedford County, was arrested Sept. 26 on the charge following the investigation of a complaint that was filed  on Aug. 10. Skinnell’s employment at the shelter was terminated after he was charged.

  • Farm Bureau event honors local agriculture

        Bedford County Farm Bureau held its annual dinner last week, looking at achievements over the past year.

        W. P. Johnson, the local Farm Bureau president, began the evening with a video on The Meadow Event Park. The Virginia Farm Bureau acquired this property, formerly a major race horse breeding farm, in 2013. The property was the site of this year’s Virginia State Fair.

  • Rain didn’t stop Big Island Mill celebration

        Fire and floods didn’t stop the paper mill at Big Island.

        And a rainy Saturday didn’t stop the big event that capped off the mill’s 125th anniversary celebration. The big pavilion at Sedalia Center provided shelter for those attending the event, as well as the band that entertained them. Tents provided further shelter.
        Those attending, including Jim Hannan, Georgia-Pacific’s chief executive officer, lined up in the drizzle to get burgers and fries at a food truck.

  • Florida man sentenced for armed robbery of Forest sonic

        A Florida man was sentenced Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court to 16 years in prison for the armed robbery of a Sonic in Forest on Feb. 8, 2014.
        Matthew Edward Kukulski, 28, had two weeks earlier robbed the home of his mother and step father. Among the items taken were four firearms. Two of these firearms were used by him and an accomplice in the armed robbery of the Sonic. His accomplice, Caitlin Williams, was sentenced last year, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance.

  • BCSO takes on creepy clowns

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is taking on the “Creepy Clown” fad.
        According to a news release from the sheriff, there have been five reported incidents investigated by the BCSO with no credible sightings.

  • Catfishing scam targets local residents

        “I loved him…he was very kind, very respectful, and said I was to be cherished.”
        One Virginia woman has lost $9,000, while another was asked to send $65,000, in a sophisticated love scheme that is targeting area users of a popular dating website.
        In a scam known as ‘Catfishing’ a man pretending to live in Roanoke is using a false identity on Match.com and tricking legitimate users out of thousands of dollars.

  • Dittmar seeks 5th seat

        Jane Dittmar, the 5th District Democrats’ nominee for the 5th District House of Representatives seat being vacated by Congressman Robert Hurt, stopped by local Democratic headquarters in Bedford, Friday.