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Today's News

  • Rhode Island man charged with soliciting local child

        Paulo B. Tomas, 45, of Cumberland, Rhode Island was arrested by Rhode Island State Police, Friday, on charges related to a child sexual exploitation investigation in Bedford County,.

  • One man show honors Bluegrass legend

        Little Town Players will host a one man show, next month, that honors Bluegrass legend Carter Stanley.

        “The program is a mixture of story telling and music,” said Gary Reid,  the performer.
        The music consists of 10 different Bluegrass songs and Reid accompanies himself on the guitar.

  • Fully accredited

        Boonsboro Elementary School held an all day event Nov. 30 to celebrate being fully accredited.

        “This is the first year we are back to fully accredited,” said Beth Williams, the school’s principal.
        The school once was fully accredited, but slipped from that status. It was a long road back.
        “It was a very hard climb to turn it around,” she said.
        Williams felt the achievement was worth celebrating.

  • The gift of warmth

    On Friday afternoon, December 16 at 1:30 p.m., free winter scarves were tied around posts at the Bedford Farmer’s Market for those who need the added warmth this winter. 

  • Local police help spread Christmas cheer

        Local law enforcement spread Christmas cheer Saturday morning. It was their second annual Shop with a Cop.

        “We had 22 police officers and 22 kids,” said Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman.
        The officers included Bedford Police officers, Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies and Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Conservation Police.
        “All of the money was raised by donations from members of the community,” Chief Foreman said.

  • Council denies Elks request

        Bedford’s Elks lodge won’t get a tax exemption. Town Council voted against the lodge’s request by a 5-1 margin. Councilman Beckham Stanley was absent.
        “I am fully aware of the good works of the Elks,” commented Bedford Mayor Bob Wandrei.
        However, Wandrei said it’s important for all to pay their fair share of taxes.
        “I cannot support this ordinance,” Wandrei said of the ordinance that would have granted the tax exemption.

  • Charges go to grand jury

        A Moneta woman, facing some 80 charges, had about one-quarter of those charges certified to a Bedford grand jury on Monday.
        Rhonda Renay Overstreet, 32, had charges of grand larceny, credit card fraud and bad check charges certified while many charges, related to those, weren’t prosecuted since she waived her right to a preliminary hearing.

  • ‘Round up’ yields drug, fugitive arrests

        On December 8, law enforcement officers from the Bedford Police Department and the Virginia State Police assisted the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Vice/Drug Unit, in the service of arrest warrants on seven persons (more arrests are pending) charged with the distribution of illegal drugs and prescription drugs (pills, cocaine, marijuana, and heroin).
        The arrests took place throughout the county and in the town of Bedford.
        Alexander Forte, 20, of Bedford, was charged with distribution of marijuana.

  • Now you can check out a telescope from the library

    By Jack Gross

    President
    Blue Ridge Astronomy Club

        The Bedford County Public Library System has a new telescope to lend out to anyone who has a library card for awesome views of the night sky.     
        This instrument is a great introduction to the galaxies and stars that fill the sky. With this easy to use and transport, telescope, you and your kids can see the craters on the moon, most of the planets, including the rings of Saturn, and Jupiter’s  four moons.

  • Liberty High School GENTS

        A group of young men at Liberty High School (LHS) accepted a challenge from Brian Wilson, the school’s assistant principal.

        The challenge was to become better gentlemen and be a positive example to other students at the high school. The students formed a group and called the group GENTS. It’s an acronym for Gentlemen Empowered Now Taking a Stand.