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Today's News

  • 'He killed my son."

         By all accounts Jamelle Edward Poindexter was a good young man.

        He was respectful, worked hard and loved football.
        But on Sept. 6, 1998, in Montvale, the Liberty High School student was murdered, shot multiple times, including three times in the head, by Randy Dwayne Ross and Keirstin Danea Davis.

  • Northam, Gillespie set for fall battle

        Last week’s gubernatorial primary didn’t produce any surprise winners, but it still didn’t turn out as largely predicted.
        Democrat Ralph Northam sailed to a more sizable win than had been thought likely, as he cashed in all the chips he’d gathered over the last few years.

  • Finding gold

        Two weeks ago a group of people got a look at Bedford’s newest business when Beale’s Brewery opened its doors to host a party. The brew-pub will hold a soft opening this Thursday at noon and open to the public on Saturday.
        This development recycles existing developed property. Instead of plowing over undeveloped land, the developer made use of one of the old industrial buildings that have been moldering along the railroad tracks for decades.

  • The Calvin Rice Room

        Calvin Rice is well-known to visitors at the Peaks of Otter. As well he should be. Rice has worked along the Parkway since 1958 and much of that time was spent at the Peaks of Otter Lodge after it opened in 1964.
        Now Rice will be remembered for years to come as visitors gather in the Calvin Rice Room at the Lodge, officially dedicated with a ribbon cutting last Wednesday. The room, which has a splendid view of Abbott Lake and Sharp Top, can be used for conferences, wedding receptions and other events held there.

  • SOVA Innovation Center opens in New London

        A new research facility, the MBC/Adaptrum SOVA Innovation has opened at the former Center for Advanced Engineering and Research facility at the New London Center for Business and Technology.

  • Chamber gets 4-star status

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce has been granted 4-Star Accredited status with the U. S. Chamber of Commerce for the third time in a row. The Chamber must reapply for accreditation every five years and has maintained this status for the last 10 years.

  • Summer Sessions: Men of Summer

    Jefferson Forest’s football team kicked off its Men of Summer program on June 12.

    The six week program runs Monday through Thursday from 7-10:30 a.m.

  • Extra Points: Dear recent graduates...

    Two weekends ago I travelled back to civilization, whoops, I meant Chicago, for my master’s graduation.

    I’m only 24, but walking across the stage to receive my second degree made me feel old and wise (I am neither) and got me thinking about what I should’ve done to maximize my college experiences.

  • Sharpe: Small town boy makes it big

    Not many people can say they are working their dream job, but Bedford native Joe Sharpe certainly can.

    “The running joke between me and my mother was that I was going to watch sports my whole life and get paid for it,” said Sharpe, who is currently  the head trainer for the OKC Thunder.

  • Catching up with Kasey Carr

    Liberty alumna Kasey Carr continued her softball success at Longwood University, but not at the position she expected.

    After pitching most of her high school career with dashes of playing short stop, Carr spent the majority of her freshmen season at first base.