.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's News

  • Bedford man to serve two years in prison

        A Bedford man will spend two years in prison for his conviction Friday of aggravated sexual battery.
        Gregory Wayne Overstreet had pleaded no contest to the charge during a hearing Sept. 16 and Friday adjudication of that plea was made during a sentencing hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court. Judge James Updike sentenced Overstreet to 10 years in prison for the conviction, suspended after two years in prison.

  • Bedford Christmas Parade is Dec. 6

        The Bedford Christmas parade will be held December 6 at 4 p.m. This year’s parade theme is “A Christmas Story” in Bedford.
        The parade will be followed by the Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. in the Centertown Plaza (Bridge & Main). There will also be carriage rides and free pictures with Santa in SantaLand that evening from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
        Carriage rides will also be available through Centertown and free pics with Santa from 6:30 — 8:30 p.m. on Friday, December 12 and Friday, December 19.

  • Drug collection receptacle being utilized

        The drug collection receptacle now in place at the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office appears to be doing its job.
         The first week of its use appeared to be fruitful, yielding 7.45 pounds of pills.
        The two oldest prescriptions were from 1969 and 1963.
        There was a large number of liquid meds along with inhalers, ointments and even several Eppy Pens.  CVS/pharmacy provided the drug collection receptacle to the Sheriff’s Office.

  • Drug collection unit provides safe disposal

        Residents in Bedford County now have a way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medications anytime they want.

        On Monday, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office unveiled a drug collection receptacle that has been placed in the outer lobby of the front entrance to the Sheriff’s Office, located at 1345 Falling Creek Rd. in Bedford. The receptacle was obtained through a partnership with CVS Pharmacy and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

  • Spotlight on agriculture

        Todd Haymore, Virginia’s secretary of agriculture and forestry stopped by Bedford, Monday for Delegate Scott Garrett’s annual Spotlight on Agriculture breakfast.

  • 4-3 vote: close Thaxton Elementary

        On a 4-3 vote, the Bedford County School Board voted to close another school at the end of this school year; Thaxton Elementary joins Body Camp Elementary as the two schools slated to close.

        Before a packed room at the School Board Office Conference Room—and to the dismay of the Thaxton supporters attending the meeting—board members Gary Hostutler, Julie Bennington, Dr. John Hicks and Richard Downey voted to close the school with Kelly Harmony, Jason Johnson and Kevin Willis voting against the motion.

  • AEHI founder indicted

    Donald L. Gillispie, 71, of Meridian, Idaho, and Jennifer R. Ransom, 40, of Meridian, Idaho, were indicted Nov. 13 by a federal grand jury sitting in Boise.

        Gillispie, a former Thaxton resident, began the nuclear power company, included in the indictment, in Bedford County.
        The defendants were charged with 14 counts of conspiracy, securities fraud, wire fraud, filing false tax returns, federal agents, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. An initial appearance is set for Gillispie this month.

  • Board OKs money for radios

        Bedford County’s supervisors voted unanimously last week to approve $600,000 to complete the purchase of radios that will be compatible with the new regional radio system. The supervisors had earlier approved $1.5 million for initial purchases.

  • Dancing the Virginia Reel

        Avenel featured an event that would have been familiar to the Burwell family — sort of.

        Odds are couples gathered many times, back 160 years ago, to dance the Virginia Reel in Avenel’s parlor.
        Saturday night, a sizable crowd from Bedford gathered to dance this historic dance with Woody and Marcia McKenzie providing the music. This couple plays traditional music, along with pieces they wrote.

  • Garrett speaks at Take Your Legislator To School week

        Delegate Scott Garrett spoke to Jefferson Forest High School’s government class, Friday, as part of Take Your Legislator to School week.

        Garrett began talking about Friday night’s football game, got them laughing, and then pointed out how this technique allowed him to get an audience’s attention and build rapport in eight seconds. He was then able to hold their attention through his presentation, tossing in humor and asking the students’ questions.