Today's News

  • Maybe there’s enough

        “It’s not as much money as we expected but it’s certainly a doable amount,” Bill Cram, an M. B. Kahn representative told the school board at a special called meeting last week.
        Kahn is the company the school board hired to oversee the construction of the new middle school in the Liberty attendance zone.

  • Man charged with abduction found not guilty by reason of insanity

    The Forest man accused of attempting to abduct a 13-year-old boy last September pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to that and other charges during a hearing held July 7 in Bedford County Circuit Court.
        Michael Anthony Wood Jr, 49, has already been held in custody for 10 months, pending trial and will remain in jail until a spot opens up in a psychiatric facility, according to Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz.

  • County takes a step forward on broadband

        Bedford County moved a step closer to providing county-wide broadband coverage Monday night.
        The Bedford County Broadband Authority and the Board of Supervisors took action to lease a site in Montvale to Mid-Atlantic Broadband Com-munications Corporation for a tower which will help bring broadband Internet coverage to parts of the county that don’t have it available.
        The Broadband Author-ity consists of the members of the Board of Supervisors.

  • Local man honored

        “I have a boring lifestyle,” Elbert Toms said.

  • County man graduates from West Point

        The United States Military Academy, better known as West Point, is more than 200 years old.

         President Thomas Jefferson signed legislation establishing it in 1802. Since then a steady stream of young men have graduated from the academy to take their place as officers in the United States Army. Among the latest group — they graduated at the end of May — was Kevin Carlin, a Bedford County man.
        Carlin, after graduating, headed off to become an aviation officer.

  • Local Girl Scout chosen for White House campout

        Samantha Houck loves the outdoors.

        But even she couldn’t have imagined that her adventurous spirit would one day lead to camping out on the South Lawn of the White House.
        Houck, a rising junior at Jefferson Forest High School, was one of a select few of Girl Scouts from several states     given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by First Lady Michelle Obama to attend the first-ever campout at the White House held on Tuesday, June 30.

  • There will be horses and hounds

        The 11th Annual Horse and Hound Wine Festival takes place this Saturday at Johnson’s Orchard.

        “It’s always the second Saturday [in July],” noted Nancy Johnson.
        This means it’s usually hot, but there are large tents for shade and CINTAS, as usual, will be on hand with cold, wet towels to help people cool down. They also help dogs too. And there are lots of dogs—dogs of all kinds ranging from tiny Yorkies to an enormous Irish Wolf Hound.

  • Local YOVASO groups earn top honors

        Bedford County continues to shine when it comes to promoting safe teen driving.

        Bedford County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers, under the command of Capt. Tim Hayden and Sgt. Randy Smith, attended the Virginia State YOVASO (Youth Of VA Speak Out) awards dinner, held recently at James Madison University. 
        Out of 146 schools throughout the state,  Bedford County SROs and their schools walked away with seven of the top awards, more than 50 percent of the honors.

  • Bedford man arrested for sexual assault

    By Tom Wilmoth

        A registered sex offender has been arrested after allegedly assaulting a woman outside of the Dollar General on Blue Ridge Avenue in Bedford.

  • Remembering the Charleston shooting

        An estimated 160 people turned out for a rally in Bedford’s Centertown Park to honor the nine people murdered at a Wednesday evening Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

        Bedford’s rally, organized by the Bedford Chapter of the NAACP,  also took place on a Wednesday night, exactly one week after the murders.