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Today's News

  • Order of the Day

        Back in 1944, a 19-year-old sergeant from Roanoke knew he was part of something huge and the piece of paper in his hands was going to be historic.

        The sergeant was Bob Slaughter and the piece of paper was his copy of General Dwight Eisenhower’s Order of the Day for D-Day. While he and the other men of his company were waiting to board landing craft, Slaughter took it around and asked them to sign it. The paper bears the signatures of 75 of those men on the front and back.

  • Police chase, apprehend suspect

        A 42-year-old Bedford man is in custody following a high-speed chase that began in Bedford County and ended at a residence on Otey Street on Saturday.
        According to Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman, Michael Shawn Parker faces multiple charges following the pursuit which began on Woods Road in the county, went to Big Island Highway and concluded in the town.
        Bedford Police, with guns drawn, surrounded the vehicle at the Otey Street residence, but no shots were fired, according to Foreman.

  • Remembering Dr. King

    Normally when temperatures are below 20 degrees, convincing someone to leave the warm relief of their home in the early morning is a back-breaking task.

  • All in the family

        “Our family’s involvement in the fire and rescue began with Bobby Hancock,” commented William Kirby in an e-mail. William is the third generation of his family to be a volunteer EMT with the Huddleston Rescue Squad.

  • Bower Center has new executive director

        The Bower Center for the Performing arts has hired a new executive director. Kim Soerensen, took over the part-time position on Dec. 4.

         Soerensen, who lives in Lynchburg, has taken a low profile during her first month on the job.
        “I need to get a sense of the community,” she said.

  • Exploring Mars

        Student teams from Forest Middle School, all eighth graders, presented their ideas on a Mars rover to Randolph College professors.

        The students are all in Caitlin Unterman’s Science Exploration class. Each team planned a Mars rover mission in detail. They had to figure out all the details of their rover, including instrumentation.
         The have to figure out how they will get to Mars and how they will land their rover without it burning up in Mars’ atmosphere or going splat when it lands.

  • Burning boxwoods

        Last month the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department set fire to some of the boxwoods in the Wharton Garden. This is not something they normally do. Usually they put out fires, not start them.

  • Charges certified against suspect who fled custody

        Charges against a Bedford man who fled to Florida after escaping police custody in August were certified to a Bedford grand jury in action Monday in General District Court.

        On August 2 of last year, Kasey Wayne Johnson, 20, was at the Bedford Police Department in reference to larceny of a vehicle.  Johnson was placed in handcuffs and was being prepared to be transported to the Magistrate’s Office so warrants could be obtained.

  • Low Lake levels lead to call to conserve water

        The Bedford Regional Water authority is asking some of its customers to curtail any unnecessary water usage.
        According to Brian Key, the water authority’s regional director, unnecessary water usage involves filling swimming pools, watering grass and washing cars. Obviously, nobody is going to be filling a swimming pool in January, but the warmer temperatures this week may induce some people to wash their car in the driveway.    

  • Centra receives 5-star rating

        This week the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded Centra Lynchburg General Hospital and Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital a five-star rating.
        These ratings can be found on CMS’ Hospital Compare website that has information about the quality, safety and customer experience at over 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals across the country and is provided to the public to help patients make educated decisions.