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Today's News

  • Major Gardner reacts to Clinton picking Kaine as VP nominee

        When Hillary Clinton announced that US Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia was going to be her pick to run as vice president on the Democratic ticket, Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office immediately thought of another name—Jens Soering.

        “I can’t think of Tim Kaine without thinking of Jens Soering,” stated Gardner, who was the lead investigator on the case against Soering. “Those two names are synonymous with me.”

  • Cousin of Lloyd Welch speaks out about murder case

        Patricia Ann Welch, the cousin of the man charged in the 1975 killings of  two Maryland girls, wants people in this area to know what she believes about the case:

        • Her parents Richard Welch and Patricia Jean Welch were not involved; and
        • She believes her cousin, Lloyd Lee Welch Jr., is the person who abducted and murdered Sheila Lyon, 12, and her sister Katherine Lyon, 10, more than 40 years ago.

  • LTP still keeping audiences entertained after all these years

        “We are going to take collective responsibility for this fiasco,” said Nancy Johnson, Friday evening, as she and Karen Hopkins gathered the cast of Little Town Players’ (LTP) 40th anniversary presentation.

        The local theater group was making its final preparations for the free show it presented Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Johnson, Parkie Smith and Karen Hopkins planned and organized the entire show and it worked.

  • Active shooter training

        Area law enforcement from a variety of local departments spent much of Saturday training in active shooter scenarios—one at Bedford Elementary School and the other at the Army Reserve Center.

        “It was great training,” stated Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.
        Planning for the training has been going on for months and the departments hold such events once every three years or so.

  • Couple hosts child from NYC for third straight year

        Kayla Thelwell, who just turned 12 and lives in the Bronx, spent two weeks in Bedford courtesy of the Fresh Air Fund.

        The Fresh Air Fund allows children from low income communities in New York City to have country and small town experiences every summer.
        This is the third summer that Mike and Katy Shea, of Bedford, have hosted Kayla. She’s a very welcome house guest. The Sheas three children are grown and Katy notes that it’s nice to have a child around the house.

  • BCPS names new school administrators

        Bedford County Public Schools has introduced several changes in administrative positions, including a new principal at Moneta Elementary School, Shawn Trosper, who is taking over for Melanie Simmons who has taken a position with the Central Office.

  • She did Bedford proud!

        BeeJay Alexander continues to do Bedford proud.
        At this year’s Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest held on Coney Island in New York City, Alexander, a local native who now resides in Virginia Beach, competed in the event for the second straight year, setting a personal best in the process.

  • Town’s enterprise zone expanded

        Bedford is expanding its enterprise zone from its current 240 acres to 636 acres. According to Bart Warner, the assistant town manager, doing this will open the possibility for more state grants. Warner said the state allows a locality to activate up to 640 acres.

  • Making the library brighter

    ibrary is always an attractive place, but the Peaks & Pieces Quilt Guild really transforms it with the group’s annual quilt show. The colorful quilts are currently on display and the show will go on through next Tuesday.

        These quilts are works of art and you really need to see them up close to fully appreciate them. The intricate stitching in them is part of the artistry. All the quilts were made by Guild members.

  • They want to move a chapel

        The Rev. Jeffrey Clemens, pastor of Peaks Presbyterian Church and a former Army chaplain, has a huge project in mind. He wants to move the Gray Ladies Chapel from the grounds of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center to a site on the National D-Day Memorial property.