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Today's News

  • Offering Grace

        Josh Ball left last week’s Bedford Town Council meeting a bit frustrated.

        Ball opened a homeless shelter in 6 C’s Shopping Center last fall. He is opening the office that will serve as a counseling and training center just a couple of doors down. The problem he was facing is that he doesn’t have a great deal of money available and the $600 deposit the electric department wanted was going to hit the ministry hard. He came to council to ask that the fee be waived or reduced.

  • D-Day Memorial waives fees for county students

        The National D-Day Memorial will waive educational programming fees for Bedford County Public School students in 6th, 9th and 11th grades who visit the Memorial as part of a school organized field trip.

        “We’ve noticed over the years that attendance by county students has gone down,” said April Cheek-Messier, president of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation.

  • Bedford County Fair to be held Sept. 1-4

        After a successful first year back, the Second Annual Bedford County Fair will be held on Labor Day weekend.

        The Bedford County Agricultural Economic Development Advisory Board (AEDAB), in partnership with the Bedford County Tourism Department, will host the Fair September 1-4.

  • Craigslist sex ad pleas

        Jennifer Anne Bandy-Mitchell, 23, of Roanoke, entered guilty pleas, Tuesday, to abduction and malicious wounding charges that stem from a response to an online personal ad she ran for sex that turned violent.
        According to Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance, Matthew William Caruso responded to a personal ad Bandy-Mitchell ran on Craigslist for casual sex, arriving at a home in Bedford County near the town of Bedford on July 22, 2015.

  • Welch trial set for October

        The capital murder trial against Lloyd Lee “Michael” Welch Jr., 59, is expected to take three to four weeks and is set to begin Oct. 18.

  • Town electric rates may increase

        During a 5:30 p.m. work session, last week, Bedford Town Council discussed recommendations  that were part of a study on what the electric department charges customers.
        This followed a presentation by John Wagner, the department’s director, on the electric department’s capital needs. These include major upgrades to the Snowdon Hydroelectric Plant on the James River.
        Council is looking at possibly increasing the electric department’s customer charges, which will vary by rate groups.

  • Smith sentenced on drug, neglect charges

        Michael Anthony Smith, whose wife is spending more than 50 years in prison for killing their child, will spend four years in prison on charges that came about as a result of that death investigation.
        Smith, 27, who cooperated with authorities in the prosecution of his wife, Shana Marie Witt, for killing their son two years ago, had previously pleaded guilty to a felony count of conspiracy to manufacture meth and two counts of child neglect.

  • Sheriff’s Office offers Active Shooter Training

        As a sign of the times we are living in, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is offering a new service to the community—Active Shooter Training.
        The goal is to teach people how to avoid being shot if somebody comes into their place of business, or church, armed and with bloodshed on his mind.

  • Salem man faces malicious wounding charges

    A former employee of Sonic in Bedford has been arrested for breaking into the fast-food restaurant.
        Cedric Choe Noell, 29, is also facing charges of embezzlement from the restaurant.
        According to Lt. Shannon Walker of the Bedford Police Department, officers responded to a call Monday at 6:30 a.m. about the break in, which had been discovered by one of the restaurant’s managers who had arrived to open the store.

  • Thaxton man sentenced for breaking into churches

        A Thaxton man will spend four years in prison for breaking into two Thaxton churches last May.
        Cody Nicolas Beverly, 23,  pleaded guilty last November to the two charges, along with a trespassing charge. Last Friday Judge James Updike sentenced Beverly to 10 years in prison, suspended after serving four years.
        While in prison, Beverly will be ordered to go through the Department of Corrections Therapeutic Behavior Program.