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Today's News

  • Earnest granted bond in murder case

    Having been incarcerated since his arrest Feb. 27 for killing his estranged wife, Wesley Brian Earnest, 38, of Moneta was granted bond during a hearing Friday afternoon in Bedford County Circuit Court.

    As of Tuesday morning, the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office said it had not been notified Earnest had yet posted that bond. While bond is not commonly granted in a first-degree murder case, it wasn’t unexpected by prosecutors because the case is based on circumstantial evidence.

  • Bedford Museum gets permanent director

    The Bedford Museum now has a permanent director.

    Although Melanie Stevens comes to the area from Indiana, she has Bedford County roots. Her father, Glenn Stevens, a Church of the Brethren pastor, was born and raised here. He came home some years ago.

    This doesn't mean that Doug Cooper, who has been managing the museum, is going anywhere. He still spends two days a week there. Cooper said that he originally agreed to manage the museum for a year, until the museum board could hire a permanent director.

    "The year turned into two somehow or another," Cooper commented.

  • Car dealer to spend six months in jail for forgery

    Wholesale car dealer Gary Dean Burks, 43 of Bedford, will spend six months in jail after pleading guilty to 13 counts of forging checks while working for Terry Volkswagen.

    Burks' lawyer, Joseph Sanzone, had argued against jail time.

    Tony Terry, owner of the car dealership, testified during a sentencing hearing Friday that Burks had worked for him several times since the late 1980s, stating that he had no reason to not trust Burks.

    But then, he testified, he began to get calls that bills hadn't been paid.

  • Industries ask city to curb electric rate increases

    Officials from several Bedford industries asked City Council Tuesday for relief from increasing city electric rates.

    The comments were made during a public hearing on the 2008-2009 budget.

    Larry Brookshier of Rubatex Corp. said he was concerned changes in the city electric rates are occurring during the middle of the year, instead of when the budget is being determined. He said rate changes in the middle of the year can’t be factored in to the company’s budget.

  • County attorney: Deed doesn't restrict county's use of property

    According to County Attorney Carl Boggess, the deed by which Bedford County acquired 283 acres of land on what today is Falling Creek Road does not restrict how the county may use the land.

    Bedford County originally purchased the tract from James and Susannah Jopling in 1832 for the purpose of building a poor house. A poorhouse existed there until the middle of the the 20th century. The Bedford County Nursing Home is there today and the Sheriff's Office, the PSA office and Falling Creek Park occupy other portions of the tract.

  • Breaking news: Earnest granted bond in murder case

    By Tom Wilmoth

    Editor

    news@bedfordbulletin.com

    Having been incarcerated since his arrest Feb. 27 for killing his estranged wife, Wesley Brian Earnest, 38, of Moneta was granted bond during a hearing Friday afternoon in Bedford County Circuit Court.

    During the hearing, in which several new twists in the case of the Dec. 19 death of Jocelyn Branham Earnest were revealed, Circuit Court Judge James Updike granted Wesley Earnest bond of $200,000 cash or $400,000 real estate.

  • Bicycle peddler

    Tim Deaton and his friend, Matt Shaw, both bicycle enthusiasts, got tired of having to go to Lynchburg to buy bicycle parts. Deaton talked to other bike enthusiasts in the area that had the same problem.

    This looked like a business opportunity to Deaton and he decided to open a bicycle shop here. As a result, Liberty Bikes and Boards will open for business on May 29.

  • Letters

    The way it was intended

    If there were a way to bring Sherwin-Williams to Bedford on Saturday afternoon in May, they would go back, invent a paint color and call it Bedford Blue. It is the color of the cloudless sky at 2:00 in the afternoon in Bedford, Virginia. It is the color that God intended the sky to be.

    If the people who bottle water want to know how it should taste they will come to Bedford, Virginia on a Saturday in May and taste the fresh cool water, the way that God intended it to be.

  • Ted Kennedy's service to America

    A serious illness has put the Kennedy name where it has so often been in modern American political history — at the top of the news.

    Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, “Ted” or “Teddy” to the millions who love him, has a malignant brain tumor, for which he will be treated over the coming months. News coverage of the senator following this development has proven the depth of respect and admiration for him from both political parties, historians, commentators, and political observers of all kinds.

  • It's not just George Bush

    Republicans' zero for three score in recent special elections are certainly revealing, although they have nothing to say about the presidential race. What they show is that "Democrats" have learned something and Republicans haven't.