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Today's News

  • Meth labs are becoming a problem in Bedford County

        Last Monday, a call about a possible burglary led to the discovery of an alleged meth lab by investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Hearing on murder charge delayed until June

        A Bedford woman, charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old son, will undergo a mental evaluation at Central State Hospital.

        Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz called the evaluation—which was ordered during a hearing in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Monday—routine.
        Shana Marie Witt, 24 is accused of killing her son, Jordan Smith, on Feb. 27 at her Peaksview Lane residence in Bedford.

  • Public speaks out

        Public hearings on the county’s budget have been sparsely attended in past years, but this year was different.
        A proposal to raise the real estate tax rate half-filled Gibson Memorial Auditorium at the Bedford Science and Technology Center, where the hearings are held. A majority of the people attending came to oppose a proposed tax hike — something that was visually revealed when Tommy Scott, before speaking, asked everybody who didn’t want their taxes raised to stand up.

  • Farm rescues horses, helps teens

        Brook Hill Farm, located on Bellevue Road in Forest, was established in 2001 as a horse rehabilitation center.

  • Class of 1940: Morrison writes a novel

        Jim Morrison has several non-fiction books to his credit, some written  while he worked for the Department of Defense.

  • Man enters pleas in home invasion case

        The first of five defendants has pleaded guilty to charges related to a 2011 home invasion case in Bedford.
        Jeffrey Lamar Brown, 24, entered guilty pleas to possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, burglary, robbery and wearing a mask in public. As part of his plea agreement, Brown received an 11-year active sentence from Circuit Court Judge James Updike,

  • Four charged with vandalizing mail boxes

        Four men have been arrested in connection with a spree of vandalism of mailboxes in the Trents Ferry Road area of Bedford County.
        On Saturday, utilizing information from tips generated by media reports, deputies with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office arrested Daniel Kosowski, 19, of  Lynchburg; Joseph Spriggs, 20, of Lynchburg; Joseph Hallstrom, 20,  of Lynchburg; and Jack Robertson, 20, of Lynchburg. All four men were charged with vandalism to 11 mailboxes that occurred on Thursday night March 13.

  • Roanoke man guilty of aggravated sexual battery

        A registered sex offender pleaded no contest Friday to an aggravated sexual battery charge, stemming from a June 2012 incident.
        As part of a plea agreement, James Naff Gibson Jr., 52 of Roanoke, entered the plea to the charge—amended from a forcible sodomy charge that could have carried a mandatory life sentence—receiving a seven-year active prison sentence. Naff had previously registered as a sex offender because of a 2008 conviction in the city of Roanoke for object sexual penetration.

  • LHS to host Special Olympics April 23

        For many of Alicia Schneider’s Adaptive Physical Education students, participating in the Special Olympics is the highlight of their year.
        Some in her Liberty High School classes begin asking about it the first day of school.
        That’s why when Schneider learned her students wouldn’t be able to participate in Roanoke’s Special Olympics this year, because the date coincided with the school’s spring break, she needed to take action.
        And needed to do it quick.

  • Help Bedford try to win a fireworks display

        Erika Kuhfeldt of Bedford is hoping to win a fireworks display for the community this year.
        And she wants others to join in the effort.
         Kuhfeldt responded to a contest sponsored by the Destination America cable channel. Visitors to DestinationAmerica.com can enter their town in the contest to with a Fourth of July fireworks display. All you have to do is submit a short essay on “what makes your community worthy of a special celebration.”