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Today's News

  • Judge increases Ware’s payments

        Earl Anthony Ware, a former Bedford County supervisor convicted on 12 counts of embezzlement and money laundering, has been ordered to begin paying more money towards the almost $300,000 in restitution he owes as a result of his convictions.
        Ware had entered no contest pleas in January of 2013 to his charges and. received an 11-year sentence for his 12 convictions. Judge James Updike suspended all but 12 months of that jail term. Another dozen charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

  • Former JF color guard instructor sentenced

        A 23-year-old North Carolina man was sentenced Friday to 16 months in jail for having an inappropriate relationship with a girl who was 14 years old.
        Kyler Reid Parker had been serving as a color guard instructor at Jefferson Forest High School when the relationship occurred. He pleaded guilty to charges of indecent liberties with a minor as a custodian and computer solicitation.

  • Man accused of abducting 2-year-old while en route to Bedford County to meet 14-year-old girl

        Last Monday, June 6, Angelo Paderes, 26, was arrested in Georgia, on charges related to an investigation in Bedford County by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
        The investigation includes the man attempting to visit with a 14-year-old girl here in Bedford County as well as abducting a 2-year-old child en route here.

  • Employees of Green’s Drug Store to get together June 18

    Green’s Drug Store closed its doors in March 1998, but in the 56 years it was open it employed many workers from this community.

  • 72nd Anniversary of D-Day

        The National D-Day Memorial marked the 72nd anniversary of the D-Day landings, Monday.

  • Tackling the Appalachian Trail

    Frank Spoon decided to go on a hike -- 700 miles later he’s one third of the way to his destination.

        Spoon, the cousin of Walt Rivers of Bedford County, began hiking the Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain, Georgia, on April 12. Last Wednesday he hit Catawba Mountain near Salem and his cousin picked him up for a bit of a breather.
        But not for too long -- by Monday he was back on the trail, picking up right where he left off.

  • The flight to Normandy

        When Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Norwood Thomas was supremely confident in America’s armed forces.

        “I thought they’d be blown back to eternity in two weeks,” he said.
        Things took a little longer than that.
        “About three months later, I thought they could use my help,” he said.
      Thomas was one of the speakers during Monday’s D-Day Remembrance at the National D-Day Memorial.

  • Unusual artifact: Bottle of brandy had belonged to Earl Draper

    The National D-Day Memorial Foundation has been accumulating a collection of D-Day related artifacts and documents for nearly 20 years. One of the most unusual is a vintage bottle of Calvados, a Norman apple brandy. The bottle belonged to Earl Draper.

  • 72nd Anniversary

        June 6 is always a special day of remembrance at the National D-Day Memorial, but the observance of the 72nd Anniversary of the invasion will take on a new dimension of significance.

  • Council votes for electric fund cash reserve

        Town Council voted 6-0, with Councilman Beckham Stanley absent, to establish a written policy calling for a $5.2 million cash reserve for the electric department.

        Town Manager Charles Kolakowski introduced the measure for discussion during the 5:30 p.m. work session that precedes the last regular meeting of each month. Kolakowski said this fund balances out the ups and downs of an electric utility and is sound fiscal policy.