Today's News

  • Veterans wives help, encourage one another

        A group of wives of Vietnam veterans started meeting at a restaurant in Lynchburg two-and-a-half years ago. Most of these women are caring for disabled husbands and the began meeting as a support group. Most of the husbands are combat veterans.

        “We are there to encourage one another,” said Judy Doering, who coordinates the group.
        The group grew and now meets at Lynchburg’s American Legion Post 16 on the fourth Thursday of each month.

  • Lago Pizza has a new home

        Late last year, Julio Ortíz and Esperanza Forero finally threw in the towel at their old location in the Shop Rite plaza and moved across Va. 122 to reopen in a space next to the Moneta Food Lion. They reopened on April 13 after nearly four months of work to turn what was essentially a large, empty room into a restaurant.

        “We were forced to move,” said Esperanza.

  • Bedford Health Foundation has new director

        Denny Huff, who joined the Bedford Community Health Foundation as its new executive director on April 8, has spent the last 20 years — the entire time since graduating from college — working for non-profit organizations.

        Huff has a bachelor’s degree in history and he originally intended to teach history and political science. However, the first opportunity that opened up for him after graduation was with a non-profit organization. He took it, loved it and made non-profit organizations his career.

  • JF makes top high school list—again!

    For the second year in a row—and the third in four years—Jefferson Forest High School has been named among Newsweek magazine’s top 2000 high schools in the country.

  • Thaxton teacher named 2014 Teacher of the Year

        Kathy Barton’s journey into teaching wasn’t the traditional path.

        But that’s all the better. In fact, that journey shaped her into the teacher she is today, a résumé which now includes being named 2014 Bedford County Teacher of the Year. She received that honor during a banquet held last week at the Boonsboro Country Club.

  • Wilkerson to seek District 3 seat

        “It appears that way,” Steve Wilkerson said, when asked in a phone interview if he is running for the Bedford County Board of Supervisors District 3 seat.
        Yes, he’s running. He’s already turned in his preliminary paperwork to Barbara Gunter, the county’s registrar. He’s also secured the Republican Party’s nod, according to Nate Boyer, the Bedford County Republican Party Chairman.

  • Cheek won't seek re-election

        Roger Cheek is calling it quits after 18 years representing District 3 on the Bedford County Board of Supervisors.
        He’s the longest serving supervisor currently on the board, a status he said he never thought he would achieve when first elected.

  • BCSO warns against scam

        Over the past several days, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office has received calls from several citizens reporting that they have received messages on their answering machines from a health alert company.
        According to the Sheriff's Office, the recording sounds like a real person claiming that either “someone has purchased a health alert system for you” or “you qualify for a free health alert.” The recorded message then advises to press #1 to talk to a sales person or press #5 to decline.

  • Former LHS aide sentenced

        Though sentencing guidelines called for no jail time, a former teacher’s aide at Liberty High School received a 90-day active sentence on an indecent liberties conviction related to charges filed last September.
        Michael Dean Robertson, 42, received a five-year sentence for his conviction—with all but the 90 days suspended—following a no contest plea to the charge entered in February. He was sentenced last Friday, with the judge stating that any crime of this type against a child demanded active jail time.

  • Thaxton man sentenced on child porn charges

        A Thaxton man pleaded guilty to 11 counts of possessing child pornography, following a tip authorities received from the parents of a boy who were in some of the photos the man had.
        Police arrested Joshua Earl Grimstead, 23, on Dec. 28 of last year following a case investigated by the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.