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Today's News

  • Big Otter Mill: Doing its job again

    If all goes well, Big Otter Mill will grind corn again, this coming Saturday, for the first time since the mill closed in 1949, according to Becky Wuergler, president of the board of directors of Friends of the Big Otter Mill.

        Bedford County owns the mill — it was donated to the county several years ago — and  Friends of the Big Otter Mill is the private, 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization that raises funds for the mill, handles its operation and arranges for restoration work.

  • Salvaging history

        The Elks Home’s barn no longer has silos. The two red-capped silos were dismantled last week by Black Dog Salvage.

        According to Mike Williams, one of the partners who purchased the Home, the silos had to come down because they posed a safety issue. One was pulling away from the barn, and both had to come down because they are connected. Williams said there is also a tall, brick smokestack at the Home that will have to come down, due to safety concerns, because it has a crack in it.

  • Redistricting proposal for Body Camp students released

    Bedford County Public Schools has released a proposed redistricting plan for students in the Staunton River attendance zone affected by the closing of Body Camp Elementary for the 2015-2016 school year.

  • 2nd person of interest named in case of sisters' abduction

    Investigators have named a second person of interest in the abduction and slaying case of two sisters in 1975 in Montgomery County, Maryland, and a special grand jury is scheduled to convene Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court to help with the investigation.

    For the past several weeks the four-decade long investigation into the missing girls has been focused in the Taylor Mountain area of Bedford County. A search for the bodies of the two girls has been ongoing over the rough terrain of the mountain.

  • Minutemen: Bee-Bopped!

     

    Playing the role of the Ukraine to Brookville's Russia, Liberty surrendered huge swaths of land in falling to the Bees, 28-7.

    And, like today's Ukrainians, the lads of Liberty found themselves frustrated, overwhelmed and at a loss as to how to overcome the situation in which they found themselves.

    Worse, any remediation of their woes will have to come from within.

    Going in, this Liberty team featured exactly zero players who know the taste of a varsity win over the Bees.

  • Bedford Elks have new home

        Bedford’s Elks Lodge will hold its first meeting in its new home on Oct. 7. The Lodge formerly met in the Elks National Home, but purchased a building on West Main Street to have a place of its own.
        According to Bruce Johannessen, the lodge’s exalted ruler, all the furniture the Lodge used in its old meeting room at the Elks Home has been moved to the new lodge.
        “We are going to put it up in our new Lodge on Main Street,” Johannessen said.

  • Bedford Moose ask town for money to help with fireworks

        Andy Dooley, chairman of the Bedford Moose Lodge’s fireworks committee, came to Bedford Town Council last week looking for money to put on next year’s display.
        According to Dooley, the Lodge plans to launch them from the National D-Day Memorial and this will raise the cost of the display. Dooley said the fireworks will have to go higher to be visible, and this means bigger shells which, in turn, means that it will cost more.

  • Search continues

        Last week, two Bedford County Sheriff’s Office investigators and Bedford’s chief prosecutor were in Maryland continuing to investigate the 1975 abduction and murder of sisters Shelia, 12, and Katie, 10, Lyon.
        Maryland investigators believe that the missing children may have ultimately been brought to Bedford.

  • Death ruled murder-suicide

        The deaths of two Evington residents whose bodies were found decomposing have been officially ruled as a murder-suicide.
        This week, Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators received the autopsy report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s on Ruby Laughon and Brent Laughon. Ruby Laughon died from multiple gunshots and Brent died from a single gunshot wound.
        The manner of death was ruled murder-suicide.

  • Three arrested on meth charges

        Bedford County Sheriff’s Office vice investigators, assisted by the Virginia State Police TACT Team, executed a narcotics search warrant at a Pony Acres Road residence in Bedford last Thursday night.
        Bethany Erin Abbott, 40, Randolph Wallace Clark Jr., 40, and Mark Mathew Ferguson, 42, all residing at the Pony Acres Road address, were arrested and charged with manufacturing and possession of methamphetamines. They were transported to the Bedford Adult Detention Center and are being held without bond.