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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Interim no more

        Carl Boggess and Patrick Skelley no longer have interim in front of their titles.

        Monday night, the supervisors emerged from a closed door session to name Boggess county administrator and Skelley as county attorney. Boggess had  been  serving  as   interim  county administrator since former county attorney Mark Reeter left last spring. Skelley moved to interim county attorney at that point.

  • Snow hits, but it could have been worse

        Bedford was fortunate this weekend.

        Although the area got significant snowfall, other areas north of us bore the brunt of the winter storm’s wrath. By Monday, most businesses had dug out and were open and Bedford’s streets had been cleared, although some still had some packed, frozen patches.
        “They did a good job getting it cleared,” Town Manager Charles Kolakowski said of town workers.

  • One killed in three vehicle crash

    Virginia State Police Senior Trooper S. M. Krantz is investigating a fatal crash which occurred last Wednesday, January 20.  The crash occurred at 5:50 p.m. on Va. 122 south of Route 860 in Bedford County.

        A 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup was traveling south on Va. 122 when it lost control on ice and crossed the center line and was struck by a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup traveling north.   The Chevrolet was then struck by a 2012 Nissan Sentra in the rear.

  • It will cost how much?

    Bedford County’s supervisors liked what they saw when they held a joint work session with the school board Monday evening.

        But the price was another matter.
        Representatives of M. B. Kahn and Moseley Architects briefed the supervisors on the middle school project to date. Moseley is designing the project, which includes a competition gym for Liberty High School, and Kahn is overseeing the project.