Today's News

  • Montvale man to be re-sentenced

        A United States Supreme Court ruling stating that life sentences are unconstitutional for juveniles in most cases has sent hundreds of cases back for re-sentencing, including one here in Bedford.
        Randy Dwayne Ross, at the age of 17, was convicted in 1999 for capital murder and firearms charges in connection with the murder, in 1998, of 17-year-old Jamelle Edward Poindexter, a Liberty High School student.

  • Churches will be exempt from outdoor gathering regulation

        Bedford County’s planning commission looked at a draft ordinance, last week, that will change the way outdoor gatherings are permitted.
        According to Gregg Zody, it will change outdoor gatherings from something that requires a special use permit to something that will be a use by right.
        “Technically, we shouldn’t have them because nobody has come to me for a permit,” Zody said.

  • Bedford woman sentenced for drug robbery at English Meadows

        A scheme to rob pills from her employer has led to a 19-year-old Bedford woman having to serve 19 months in prison.
        Alicyn Marie Updike pleaded guilty in May to the August 2015 robbery at English Meadows Elks Home Campus, where she was employed. Her boyfriend, Cody Wayne Nichols, 21, was also involved and previously received a two-year prison sentence for his part in the robbery.

  • Board kicks in $20,000 for field upgrade

        The money is now in place to renovate a ball field at Liberty Lake Park to allow the Liberty High School (LHS) baseball team to use it as a practice field.
        Bedford’s Town Council and the school board had already put up $20,000 each for the renovation.      Monday  night, the board of supervisors also unanimously voted to spend $20,000 from the contingency fund for the work.

  • Jellies & Jams

    By Patricia C Held

    Contributing Writer

        When summer begins to fade fruits and vegetables mature and ripen, it is the time to harvest and put up the best of the pickings. Gather fruits and vegetables from the garden or purchase them from local orchards to create delicious edibles for the pantry.

  • Progress is ongoing at Bedford Memorial

    Progress at Bedford Memorial Hospital has been an ongoing project this year.

        According to Patti Jurkus, the hospital’s CEO, the hospital recently completed a major renovation of the medical/surgical floor that occupies the former obstetrics floor.
        This was more than just cosmetic. They ripped out ceilings. They ripped up floors. They reconfigured rooms.
        The result does not look like a 1950s hospital.

  • 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.