Today's News

  • Body in barrel case moves ahead to grand jury

        Charges against a Roanoke man, accused of putting his deceased grandmother in a steel barrel while living in Bedford County so he could continue to collect her social security checks, have been certified to the grand jury, following a preliminary hearing Monday in General District Court.

         Robert Andrew Wozniak, 48, has been charged with four counts of obtaining money by false pretenses and one count of disposing of a body with malicious intent to avoid detection.

  • How, who will handle tourism?

        Reid Wodicka, the new assistant county administrator, talked to the supervisors about tourism during a 5 p.m. work session Monday evening.
        Wodicka said the tourism director’s position has been vacant since May. He said the tourism director’s job description focuses heavily on managing the Welcome Center and this may no longer be appropriate. He also said county staff needs direction from the supervisors concerning the tourism program.

  • It’s that time... School opens Monday

        Bedford County Public School age residents may not be ready to go back to school, but the schools are ready for them when school opens this Monday, Aug. 15.

        Thursday night, various school division department heads briefed school board members on the schools’ readiness.

  • Former Bedford Mayor Tom Messier remembered for his service, faith

        Some people leave behind the sweet aroma of a good life and good memories when they leave this earth. That was true of E. Thomas “Tom” Messier, who died last week at the age of 80 after a long struggle with cancer. He would have turned 81 in September.
        Tom Messier came to Bedford from Nashua, New Hampshire, in 1974 but, even after more than 40 years, still retained a strong New Hampshire accent. However, he was as dedicated to his adopted community as much as any person who was born and raised in Bedford.

  • Extra Points: 2016 Olympics

           Wow, that opening ceremony to the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics was more than stunning. The culture, the visuals and the lighting of the torch was just amazing. What a beautiful way to open up one of the most prestigious world athletic events. If you missed it I highly recommend trying to find it on Youtube because it was spectacular.

  • Golf Previews

    Jefferson Forest golf looking for a state championship

  • Anemic economic reports demand a new approach

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Zika response stalled by the Senate

    Mosquitos are a pest during any given summer. But, this year they are raising particular alarm in light of the Zika virus outbreak to our south. As concerns about transmission in the United States have grown, Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have called for a response from the federal government.


  • To the Citizens of Bedford County

    By Mike Brown

        On behalf of all of us, here at the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, I wish to thank those who continue to express their support and appreciation of law enforcement.  These last few months have been tenuous to say the least, but the expressions of kindness have certainly lifted the spirits of this agency.   Delicious baked goods, fresh fruit and handmade cards from children are all very much appreciated.

  • History will honor Hillary’s nomination

        I had intended to devote this entire column to the historic triumph of the first woman nominee for president by a major party – and I will get to that – but Donald Trump’s stupid utterances have a way of seizing one’s attention.
        After whining about the air conditioning in the ballroom at his Hotel Roanoke appearance, Trump had indicated that it was so bad he might not pay the bill. It was a petulant moment to be sure, but he has a lot of those.