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Today's News

  • 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.

  • It's official: Krantz will be next judge

        Randy Krantz was in Wednesday night Bible Study when he got the call – he had officially been selected as the next 24th General District Judge.

        Two days before the current Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney had been in  Richmond  meeting  with  a  joint committee of the House and Senate on the judicial appointment to replace retiring Judge Harold Black. The local legislative delegation had placed their support behind him for the appointment.

  • School board adopts budget

        The Bedford County School Board adopted a preliminary budget, Thursday night, which includes an increase of $3.45 million over last year in local funding.
        The total budget request that will be presented to the supervisors is for $101 million. The school board adopted the budget unanimously.
        This amount includes $35,000 for B team sports.

  • Making college work

        Markel Bonds, a Bedford native and 2015 Liberty High School graduate, has found an opportunity that he believes could pay his way through college.

        Although Bonds was extensively involved in sports in high school, it’s not an athletic scholarship that could let him graduate from Christopher Newport University in Newport News debt free.
        Bonds is majoring in communications and business and will run his own business this spring and summer as part of College Works Painting.

  • Supervisors approve easement for airsoft range

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an easement that will allow Roanoke Airsoft to continue development of an airsoft range on Rucker Road, next to Moneta Park.
        Airsoft is a sport in which participants eliminate opponents by hitting each other with soft pellets using airsoft guns.

  • BCSO makes arrest in car larceny cases

        Investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office have made an arrest in a series of larcenies from vehicles on the south side of the county over the last several weeks. 

  • Fire destroys mobile home Monday

        Early Monday morning several county fire departments were called to a structure fire at Dawn Place in Chamblissburg. The call was received just before 4 a.m.
        A family of four was displaced by the fire and is being assisted by the Red Cross. The structure is likely a total loss, according to Fire Marshal Jeff Pauley.
        Fire investigators began their investigation Monday morning and were on the scene most of the day. No official cause of the fire had been released as of Tuesday morning.
     

  • Clinton, Trump win in Virginia

        Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton trounced Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in Virginia’s Democratic presidential primary election on Tuesday, and billionaire businessman Donald Trump narrowly defeated Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in the Republican contest.

  • Full pond day

        Smith Mountain Lake reached full pond for the first time on March 7, 1966. Monday, Smith Mountain Lake Park’s Discovery Center was packed with a standing-room only crowd to mark the 50th anniversary of the event.

        “Coming up to the Lake was always a big deal,” commented Fifth District Congressman Robert Hurt. Hurt is a Pittsylvania County native and Smith Mountain Lake figured in his childhood memories.

  • BSTC gets its own ambulance

        The Big Island Emergency Crew has donated a used ambulance to Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC).

        “It will be in daily use by the students,” said BSTC supervisor Kim Halterman.
        The school’s EMT students will not be running emergency calls in it. Students get real world experience on calls with actual rescue squads. The ambulance will be used as an amplification of classroom work.