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Today's News

  • Vinton man to serve six days for embezzling funds from Chamblissburg Rescue Squad

        Though mild-mannered and elderly, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock felt it was important that Garry Hyatt Sutliffe, 72, not get out of his felony embezzlement charge without at least a little time to serve.

        On Friday Sutliffe, who had pleaded guilty in January to embezzling almost $1,000 from the  Chamblissburg First Aid and Rescue Squad funds, was sentenced to two years in prison with all but six days of that sentence suspended.

  • Town to hold public meeting on comp plan

        A public meeting has been scheduled to present information and to solicit input regarding the town of Bedford’s revision of its Comprehensive Plan. 

  • Community Day focuses on fun, area resources

        The sixth annual Community Day, scheduled for April 2, is a totally-free, fun event focused on community outreach and the well-being of the Bedford area community and residents. 

        Sponsored by the Bedford Crime Prevention Coalition, even more activities have been added and more agencies and organizations are involved. 

  • Local vet raises, sells lamb from family farm

        While there are plenty of cattle farms selling locally raised beef, lamb is a bit more difficult to find. And lamb lovers know that supermarket lamb can often be stronger in taste and not live up to its expectations for a tender and tasty piece of meat.

        For those who enjoy lamb, there is one local source. Karen Baum and her husband Emile DeKeyser, raise lamb at their farm in Huddleston.

  • Bedford County Sheriff's Office loses top investigator, friend

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office lost one of its best investigators when cancer claimed Lt. Darryl Saunders last week. Saunders was lieutenant of the criminal investigations unit.

        “It left a big hole over here,” commented Major Ricky Gardner. “I’ve been here 30 years and he was here 28 years.”
        Saunders held a number of positions over the years, including road deputy and canine officer.

  • Caldwell convicted

        An angry argument, last May, resulted in Gary Hamilton’s death and, after a two-day trial last week, 53-year-old Jeffery Thomas Caldwell becoming a convicted felon.
        The altercation came about after Hamilton nearly ran over one of Caldwell’s dogs and Caldwell went to Hamilton’s home to confront him over the incident. It ended when Caldwell, who has a concealed weapon permit, shot Hamilton in the back of the head with a .357 magnum revolver loaded with jacketed hollow points.

  • Town not planning property tax hike

        Bedford Town Manager Charles Kolakowski has prepared a proposed budget, for Town Council approval, that calls for $9 million in general fund expenditures. This is a $600,000 increase over the current fiscal year budget.
        It also has calls for a $986,000 solid waste fund and a $23 million electric fund. Both of these are enterprise funds and funded by user fees, rather than tax money.

  • Schools to get $1M more from county

        School board chairman Gary Hostutler asked the board of supervisors for $3.45 million in additional school funding during a joint work session Monday evening. He didn’t get it, but the supervisors will provide a little more than $1 million in additional local funds for the next fiscal year.

  • A new look for BMH

        Less than two years ago Centra Health took over as sole owner of Bedford Memorial Hospital. Since then Centra has poured millions of dollars into the renovation and upgrade of the facility, both inside and out.

        Most recently, the hospital’s renovated medical/surgical unit opened with private rooms, upgraded décor and a design to foster better patient flow and interaction of the medical and nursing teams serving the patients.

  • Nance to seek nomination for commonwealth’s attorney

        Stating he wants to build upon the legacy of his predecessor, Bedford Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance has announced his candidacy for the position of commonwealth’s attorney.

        Nance will be seeking the Republican nomination to fill the vacancy being left by current Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz, who has been selected as the next 24th General District Judge, replacing the retiring Judge Harold Black.