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Today's News

  • Indecent liberties conviction yields five day sentence

        A 40-year-old Forest man pleaded no contest to taking indecent liberties with a 7-year-old girl last March, resulting in a five-year sentence with all but five days suspended.
        Christopher Johnson, who has some intellectual disabilities and a speech impediment, was found guilty by Circuit Court Judge James Updike during a plea hearing Friday.

  • Man sentenced for unlawful wounding charge

        A 25-year-old Montvale man received a four-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to an unlawful wounding charge in connection with an August 2015 incident.
        Alvie Lee Ferris III entered his plea Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court.

  • Father, son enter pleas to A&B

        Two Hardy men, a father and son, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery Tuesday morning in Bedford County Circuit Court.
        Johnny Dean Clark, 56, and Mitcheal DeHaven, 23, will each spend 12 months in jail on the conviction. They had originally faced a felony malicious wounding charge.
        According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock the two attacked the victim, beating him on his head, face and shoulders. He suffered broken ribs and lost a good deal of blood.

  • Vinton man enters plea for embezzling funds

        A 72-year-old Vinton man, who has a long history of serving with rescue squads and similar organizations, pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony embezzlement of almost $950 from the Chamblissburg First Aid and Rescue Squad funds.
        Garry Hyatt Sutliffe used rescue squad funds in the amount of $946.47 for his own personal use, according to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock.

  • Supervisors hold their organizational meeting

        Bedford County’s supervisors held an extra meeting this month, starting out the new year with an organizational meeting on Jan. 6. District 3 Supervisor Steve Wilkerson was chosen as chairman and District 2 Supervisor Curry Martin was chosen as vice chairman.
        The supervisors also re-adopted their rules of procedure and entertained a motion by District 4 Supervisor John Sharp to require that all contracts that require a vote by the board be first reviewed by a relevant committee composed of two supervisors.

  • Bedford County woman celebrates her centennial

    Eva Arthur, who grew up near Ivy Creek, celebrated her 100th birthday at Carriage Hill last week.    

        Arthur grew up on a farm at the foot of Jackson Mountain. She got lots of exercise when she was young. She had no transportation and frequently walked up, down and around Jackson Mountain “running after cows.”
        The family didn’t raise cattle, but they had two Jersey cows that provided milk for their own use. Arthur helped milk the cows every morning.

  • McKelvey to seek 5th District GOP nomination

        Following Congressman Robert Hurt’s announcement that he won’t seek a fourth term, Jim McKelvey has become the first Republican to toss his hat in the ring for his party’s nomination to run for the seat.

        McKelvey originally sought the nomination back in 2010. He came in second in a crowded field with a little better than a quarter of the votes cast. Hurt won the nomination and went on to win the election, unseating incumbent Tom Perriello who, in turn, had unseated incumbent Virgil Goode in 2008.

  • Imaginative venture offers parents, children learning experience

        Milking a cow, sitting in the cockpit of an airplane with the pilot and collecting honey from a bee hive are some of the activities youngsters and parents enjoy during Field Trip Fun.

  • Liberty University buys New London Airport

        Liberty University has purchased New London Airport. The sale closed on Dec. 22, according to Dave Young, Liberty’s assistant provost for aeronautics education.

  • Local firefighter battling cancer

        Denver Aud, a Bedford firefighter, got a nasty surprise late last year when a sore throat sent him to a doctor.

        A blood test done as part of the exam indicated some abnormalities, and this led to a bone marrow biopsy and cancer screening. The cancer screening led to a diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).
        MDS is a type of cancer that affects the stem cells that produce blood cells. Aud said his MDS would eventually destroy his immune system if left untreated.