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Today's News

  • Free Clinic celebrates 25 years of caring

        Bedford Christian Free Clinic turned 25 years old this year.

        The idea began in November, 1991 when a local doctor, Dr. Allen Joslyn, and three local pastors, the Rev. Richard Boyce, pastor of Bedford Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Wes Gillespie, pastor of Brookhill Wesleyan Church, and the Rev. Henry Henderson, pastor of Washington Street Baptist Church, got together to talk about setting up a free clinic in Bedford. The clinic would have a volunteer medical staff and care for people not covered by insurance.

  • Famed WWII pilot to speak at Memorial’s ceremony

        The National D-Day Memorial will mark the 73rd anniversary of Operation Overlord with a ceremony on Tuesday, June 6 at 11 a.m.

        This year’s commemoration features one of the nation’s best-known World War II veterans, Jerry Yellin.
        On August 14, 1945, as a Captain in the then U.S. Army Air Forces, Yellin flew the final combat mission of WWII. Paul Schlamberg, Yellin’s wingman, paid the ultimate price on that sortie to become the final American to die in battle during the war.

  • Run for the Wall

        A group of more than 400 motorcyclists, riding 375 bikes, stopped by the National D-Day Memorial, Friday.

        The group always makes that stop as part of the annual Run for the Wall. The Wall is the Vietnam Memorial in Washington and it started out in the ‘80s as a tribute by Vietnam veterans to those who didn’t make it home. Since then, it has expanded.

  • Charges upgraded in teen’s murder

        Charges against three defendants previously charged for their alleged role in the death of a local teenager were upgraded this past week by a Bedford County grand jury—two are now facing capital murder charges.
        On Friday, the June session of the grand jury was held to consider a number of proposed indictments. The three defendants charged in the death of Raymond Wood on March 27, 2017, saw their charges upgraded by these indictments.

  • Community comes together to remember those who gave their all

        America has two holidays dedicated to people who have served in our armed forces. One is Veterans Day, Nov, 11. This day, originally set aside as Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I, honors veterans who are still alive.

  • Former Army sergeant to serve 12 years in prison

    A former sergeant in the US Army will spend 12 years in prison on six felony charges related to a relationship he had with a 14-year-old Bedford County girl.

        On Friday Judge James Updike sentenced 27-year-old Angelo E. Paderes to 22 years in prison on four counts of computer solicitation, one count of carnal knowledge and one count of abduction. Judge Updike suspended 10 years of that sentence.

  • Former animal shelter worker guilty of animal cruelty

        A worker at the Bedford County Animal Shelter has been found guilty of felony animal cruelty, in connection with injuries to a cat that led it to have to be euthanized.
        Bryan Thomas Skinnell, 45, of Bedford, was arrested Sept. 26 of last year 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 with harming the feral cat.
        Last Tuesday, May 23, Skinnell pleaded no contest to the animal cruelty charge.

  • No jail time in animal cruelty case

        A 38-year-old Moneta man received a 3-year suspended sentence Friday for a felony animal cruelty conviction.
        Last November, authorities were called to the home of Ian Michael Long and found a 1-year-old puppy dead, chained in a makeshift shelter outside.
        According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock the dog had been malnourished and later tests confirmed that the dog had not been fed properly.

  • Units respond to tanker accident in Montvale

        Last Wednesday at 12:54 p.m. the Bedford County E-911 Center received a report of an overturned tanker truck on the westbound side of US 460 at Oil Terminal Road in Montvale.
        The initial reports indicated that the driver was still inside and possibly trapped in the vehicle and that the vehicle was possibly leaking. A Bedford County Fire and Rescue (BCoFR) unit arrived on scene at 1:04 p.m. and determined that the driver was out and not injured and that there was a limited amount of product on the ground.

  • Fake endorsement letter circulating

        According to District 4 Supervisor John Sharp, a letter claiming to be from the  “John Sharp Election Committee” has been circulated. There is no  “John Sharp Election Committee” and the letter is listing the wrong date for the Republican Primary. The letter states that the primary is on June 16, but it is actually on Tuesday, June 13.