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Today's News

  • Self-published

        Self-publishing has always been a tough road for authors. There are large up-front costs.

        The author has to pay for a press run, then he has to have a place to store the copies of his work, as well as transport them to his storage area. Furthermore, he has to market his work himself.
        George Roland Wills found an easier, less financially risky way to do this.

  • Tearing it down

    On Monday, workers from James Jones & Associates demolished the historic house at 719 Longwood Ave. in Bedford that was damaged beyond repair in a mid-December fire. The house was built in 1891 and was home to Josephine Bibb, a well-known Bedford teacher from her birth until her death in 2003. Jamie Snell is the most recent owner of the historic home. The fire began in the area of the home’s wood stove. The homeowners were not at home when the fire began.

  • New school will be major topic at meeting

        Steps to constructing a new secondary school in the Liberty Zone continue to fall into place, but the biggest question—just what kind of school will be built—still has to be answered.
        Members of the Bedford County School Board are hoping that a meeting next Thursday, Jan. 30, with members of the board of supervisors will bring clarification to that question.

  • Bedford woman to represent U.S. at Normandy event

        Sperry Grills, a young Bedford woman, will represent the United States at a special dedication in Normandy in June.

        “This will be my fourth trip to France,” Grills said.

  • Strong turnout for Bedford MLK Jr. event

    “It's been a great day.”
        That's how Ronnie Miller, president of the Bedford Chapter of the NAACP, summed up Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Walk in Bedford.

        More than 100 people showed up for the march through Centertown and the program that followed at Washington Street Baptist Church.  It  was   one   of   the largest turnouts for the annual celebration in Bedford in years.

  • Man indicted for setting fire

        A Bedford man with a history of charges of setting fires has been indicted by a Bedford grand jury for allegedly setting fire to his mother’s home in May.

        The January grand jury returned a total of 41 indictments against 19 different defendants.
        Darrell Bruce Orange, 53, faces an arson charge for a fire at a residence at 1071 Murray Hollow Road in Thaxton. He lived in the residence with his mother. He has been in jail without bond since being arrested.

  • Bedford VFD celebrates busy year, accomplishments

        The Bedford Volunteer Fire Department celebrated a busy 2013, its 125th year, with an awards dinner at the Welcome Center on Saturday.

        Bedford’s fire department is the busiest of the county’s volunteer fire departments because it has a first due area that includes 182 square miles of the county. It’s also one of the most densely populated parts of the county with the U.S. 460 corridor running through it.

  • Woman pleads guilty to child neglect

        A Bedford woman will spend 60 days in jail after pleading guilty to two felony counts of child neglect during a hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court Jan. 10.
        Catherine Nicole Jackson, 24, entered the guilty pleas for a Sept. 5, 2013, incident in which police were called to investigate two children left in a car alone at Wal-Mart. Jackson was stopped by law enforcement on Forest Road.

  • Local agencies oppose changes to boater safety laws

        The Smith Mountain Lake Water Safety Council is concerned about two pieces of legislation in this year’s General Assembly, according to Pete Lewis, a member and former chairman of the Council.
        The legislation — SB52 introduced by State Senator Richard Stewart, and HB650, introduced by Delegate Margaret Ransone — would eliminate the requirement for boaters 45-years-old and older from taking a boating safety course.
        Lewis said the Water Safety Council opposes these bills.

  • Man sentenced on solicitation charges

    William Ramsey Rogers, 38, of Lynchburg, will spend the next 20 years in prison for sexual solicitation via his computer of a person he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

    He pleaded no contest late last year to four solicitation charges. The charges stemmed from contact with a Internet Crimes Against Children investigator, portraying a 13-year-old girl on the Internet. During these chats, Rogers also used a web camera to expose himself to the investigator and masturbate in front of a person he thought was a 13-year-old girl.