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Today's News

  • Defense asks for mental evaluation

    A mental evaluation will determine whether a man accused of holding a Bedford County woman hostage for more than 36 hours and assaulting her will be competent to stand trial on the charges.

    George Leroy Keaton Jr., 30, of Vinton, is charged with one count of malicious wounding, rape and abduction with the intent to defile and three counts of forcible sodomy in connection with the case. The evaluation was ordered during a hearing in Bedford County General District Court Monday.

  • Staunton River Middle School student works as House page

    Julia Goad, a seventh grader at Staunton River Middle School, is getting a special civics lesson this winter.

    She was selected as a page in the House of Delegates during this year's General Assembly. Her mother, Michele Goad, takes her to Richmond every Sunday and she stays there, in Richmond's Omni Hotel, with the other pages during the week. She comes home Friday evenings.

  • Investigation leads to closing of Wakefield Inn

    The Bedford County Sheriff?s Office with the assistance of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control conducted a five month long joint investigation involving criminal charges against designated managers of ABC licensed businesses in Bedford County.

    The investigation led to numerous criminal indictments against ABC managers at the Sky Mart Store located at 7865 Jordontown Road, Vinton, and the Wakefield Inn located at 10190 Stewartsville Road, Vinton.

  • Cases advance

    A continuance was granted Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court in the case against a Moneta man accused of holding a woman as a prisoner at her Bedford County home last February.

    Robert Edward Bignall, 41, is charged with robbery, abduction and malicious wounding in the incident which allegedly occurred on Feb. 27, 2007.

    According to Commonwealth's Attorney Randy Krantz, the victim claims Bignall tied her up, assaulted her and stole her vehicle, and then fled to North Carolina. The victim was able to free herself and call 911, Krantz said.

  • Book helps women deal with loss

    A new book, called "Faces of Grief," is aimed at helping women deal with grieving.

    Written by Marian Talley-Cunningham, the book consists of a series of 12 Bible studies, each building on the previous one, that progresses from dealing with "why?" to dating and remarriage. Although the book is a women's Bible study, Cunningham said that she has had men use it. It's currently being used by local hospice chaplains.

  • Family readiness group leader honored for work

    According to Sergeant First Class Howard Holt (U. S. Army, ret.), a family readiness group leader is only supposed to serve in that role for three or four years. He noted that that was the pre 9/11 standard. Janine Fowler did it for six. This included the company's deployment to Afghanistan.

    Recently, Bedford's National Guard company gave her a plaque honoring that work. It was a surprise. Two sergeants, in camouflage, showed up at Bedford's H and R Block office where Fowler works as the office manager.

    How did she start doing that volunteer job in the first place?

  • Calf marked with perfect heart born to Bedford County farm family

    Mother Nature decided to deliver an early Valentine?s Day gift to one Bedford County family this year.

    It did not, however, come in the holiday?s traditional pink or red packaging. This bundle was black and white and shaped like a calf. A calf, that is, with a perfect white heart marking an otherwise solid black flank.

    ?We were so excited about the new baby that we didn?t even notice it at first,? said owner Elizabeth Akenhead, describing the calf?s Jan. 16 birth. ?We thought the mom was only eight months along, so we weren?t expecting him until late February.?

  • Commentary--Let's not give home schoolers the short end of the stick

    My favorite line whenever someone tells me he?s home schooling his kids is ?Oh, you just wanted him to be class valedictorian...? Ba-da-bing.

    I?m usually the only one who laughs at the joke. Seems these home school folks are a serious lot when it comes to their kids.

    Last week, the home school bunch took a serious shot to the chops when the Education Committee of Virginia?s House of Delegates voted to defeat House Bill 375. The legislation would have allowed home schooled students to participate in VHSL sanctioned activities within their resident school districts.

  • Lady Eagles settle for second; JF, Minettes nail Devils

    The Staunton River girls dropped a heart-wrenching game at Brookville, 55-49, giving the Golden Eagles their third loss of the season to the undefeated Bees (River has only one other loss).

    However, this game was eminently winnable, unlike the other two games. It is obvious that Staunton River has learned to play with the high-flying Bees.

  • Boys' hoops District standings firm up

    Brookville completed its stranglehold on first place in the Seminole District. The only question for the Bees, at this point, is whether they will run the District gauntlet in undefeated fashion. The smart money says they will.

    Brookville has assured itself of a first round bye in the District tourney and an automatic first round game in the Regional. Liberty, which settled for second place when it lost 83-66 to Brookville, is only assured of a home opener in the Districts, most likely against Staunton River.