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Today's News

  • Former animal shelter worker sentenced for animal cruelty

        A former worker at the Bedford County Animal Shelter will spend 15 days in jail after having his charges of animal cruelty dropped to a misdemeanor.
        Bryan Thomas Skinnell, 45, of Bedford, was arrested Sept. 26 of last year on the charge following the investigation of a complaint that was filed in August 2016. Skinnell’s employment at the shelter was terminated after he was charged with harming the feral cat.
        On May 23, Skinnell pleaded no contest to the animal cruelty charge.

  • Police still looking for suspect

        Bedford Police continue to search for a suspect who fled from custody last Wednesday, after being allowed to step outside to smoke a cigarette.

        Last Wednesday, August 2, Kasey Wayne Johnson, a 6’1, 160 lb. white male, born in 1997 and resident of the town of Bedford, was at the police department in reference to larceny of a vehicle.

  • Back to school

        School starts Monday for Bedford County Public Schools and various school division department heads presented the school board, Thursday night, with reports on the school division’s readiness for the new school year.

  • Local youth wins national honor

        Madison Martin has already accomplished a lot and she has big plans for the future.

        And she’s only 15.
        This summer Madison was named as the American Junior Paint Horse Association Youth Member of the Year. A rising sophomore at Jefferson Forest High School, she is also interested in politics and plans to start a Young Republicans Club at the school this year.
        One day, she plans to hold public office.

  • Extra Points: I survived my Airbnb stay

    What comes to your mind when you hear Airbnb?

    For me it’s: Potential death. Potential kidnapping. Horror stories used as plots in Criminal Minds episodes. PR nightmare. Allegedly doesn’t rent to minorities.

    Well, this past weekend I put my life at risk (yes, I’m dramatic) and stayed in my first Airbnb room. And although I am alive, it definitely was a unique experience to say the least.

  • Extra Points: 'Schooled' Review

    Small town life has rendered me a Netflix addict. And within my Netflix addiction, has developed a documentaries obsession.

    Since I’m a sports editor, my review will be about a sports documentary (non-sports documentary recommendation: The Imposter.) This past weekend, I struggled (you’ll see why) through Schooled: The Price of College Sports which is a documentary about why student-athletes should receive a salary.

    If I could rename this documentary I would call it: Schooled: When football players still find more to complain about.

  • Fike takes over as Eagles’ head wrestling coach

    Scott Fike always had a knack for coaching, even when he was still actively competing in high school and college.

    “Coaching is always been something I’ve done and wanted to do... I don’t really know anything different” Fike said. “When I was at Bridgewater (College) wrestling, I was helping with Turner Abby High School. Even when I was in high school, I’d come in and help with the little kids and do some camps.”

  • Wahoowa! Agee commits to UVA

    Griffin Agee wasted no time committing to the University of Virginia (UVA), one of the nation’s powerhouse college baseball programs.

    The recruitment process between UVA and Agee, a rising junior from Jefferson Forest, was a swift but sweet courtship. UVA came to watch Agee, a left-handed pitcher, throw three times with his elite travel league, the EvoShield Canes, before inviting him for an on-campus visit.

    Agee made the trip to Charlottesville the afternoon of July 21, and made his commitment just hours later.

  • Minutemen Tackling Clinic promotes safety in football

    Liberty’s head football coach, Chris Watts, launched his first Minutemen Tackling Clinic  on July 24 at BSTC in order to promote the safety of the game.

    “We’ve done different types of camps before, but this is the first year we’ve done just a true tackling camp,” explained Watts. “I did this because of all the notoriety of concussions in football... I wanted to show people that it’s not as bad as everyone makes it sound. If you teach things right, and they practice the right techniques, it can be very safe.”

  • Tennis camp aims to spark love for tennis in Bedford

    Susan Kirby, the instructor of the tennis camp being held at Liberty Lake Park, remembers a time when all the courts in Bedford were full.

    “When I grew up, tennis was unbelievably popular within the community,” said Kirby, who grew up on Peaks St. with the former Bedford Central Library courts in her backyard. “The courts would be full all the time... people would literally wait on the benches for hours to get to play. I see the courts now, and no one is here.”