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Today's News

  • Fourth of July events

        There will be plenty of opportunities to see fireworks and enjoy Fourth of July events throughout the area this upcoming week.

    Bedford fireworks
        The Independence Day Fireworks in Bedford will be held on Sunday, July 3, beginning at dusk. Parking will be available at Liberty Lake Park. Handicap Parking is offered at the Bedford Visitor’s Center.

  • Woman injured in Jet ski explosion

        Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire Rescue, teamed with Bedford County Medics 14-8 and Company 8 were dispatched at 11:08 a.m. Tuesday morning to marker R26 for an operator whose jet ski explosion ejected the operator with injuries into Smith Mountain Lake.

        Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire Rescue Fireboat 11-6 & 11-8 were on scene in minutes, according to a release from the department.

  • Rwandan Hugs Thrift Store to close

        Friday will be the last day for the Rwandan Hugs Thrift Store, located on North Bridge Street.

        “We are closing June 24,” Nancy Strachan, president of Rwandan Hugs, said.
        Hugs, which has been around since 2007, has operated the thrift store since August, 2013. The organization had a booth in the building for a year-and-a-half before that.

  • Bower Center finishes upgrades

    Dr. John D. Bower and his partner of 40 years, Edna Curry, gifted the Bower Center for the Arts with $1 million for upgrades and expansion for the facility.
        That work is now complete and a ribbon cutting and grand reopening of the Bower Center has been set for June 30 at 3 p.m.
        Dr. Bower and his family will be here for the reopening, along with numerous local and state officials. The upgrades have ensured the Center’s legacy for years to come.

  • Riddle enters pleas

        A 20-year-old Lynchburg man entered no contest pleas for two felonies and a misdemeanor, including involuntary manslaughter, for an accident last October that led to the death of a passenger in the car he was driving.
        Christian Luke Riddle entered his pleas Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court for misdemeanor driving under the influence, felony DUI maiming and felony involuntary manslaughter.

  • Body discovered at town’s hydro- electric plant on the James River

    According to John Wagner, the director of Bedford’s electric department, the operator of the town’s hydroelectric plant on the James River got a nasty surprise when he arrived at work at 7:30 a.m. on June 10.
        The Snowden plant has a debris rake, a grate that stops debris floating down the river from being sucked into the plant’s turbines. The operator noticed something unusual that morning and went over to check on it. He was horrified to discover a rotting corpse.

  • Judicial Watch files lawsuit in Bedford County

        Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit last week in Bedford County Circuit Court seeking to block Governor Terry McAuliffe’s executive order that restored the voting rights of 206,000 felons.
        The lawsuit was filed on behalf of five Bedford County residents who are registered voters and say that Gov. McAuliffe’s action is illegal and cancels out their votes with the votes of people who are not eligible to vote.
        Why did Judicial Watch file the suit here?

  • Montvale man charged with felony child neglect

        At 6:12 p.m. Saturday June 18, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from a motorist reporting that she had found a small child, 18 to 20 months old, on the side of Quarterwood Road in  Montvale.

  • Judge increases Ware’s payments

        Earl Anthony Ware, a former Bedford County supervisor convicted on 12 counts of embezzlement and money laundering, has been ordered to begin paying more money towards the almost $300,000 in restitution he owes as a result of his convictions.
        Ware had entered no contest pleas in January of 2013 to his charges and. received an 11-year sentence for his 12 convictions. Judge James Updike suspended all but 12 months of that jail term. Another dozen charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

  • Former JF color guard instructor sentenced

        A 23-year-old North Carolina man was sentenced Friday to 16 months in jail for having an inappropriate relationship with a girl who was 14 years old.
        Kyler Reid Parker had been serving as a color guard instructor at Jefferson Forest High School when the relationship occurred. He pleaded guilty to charges of indecent liberties with a minor as a custodian and computer solicitation.