Today's News

  • Town hires economic development coordinator

        Mary Zirkle has accepted an offer of employment to become the Economic Develop-ment Coordinator for the town of Bedford. 
         Zirkle has been serving as town manager of Buchanan for the past three years.  She also has extensive administrative experience in planning and community development gained through her previous employment with Roanoke and Bedford counties as well as Hill Studio. 

  • County has buyer for Thaxton school

        “Vacant school buildings usually don’t end well,” commented County Administrator Carl Boggess.
        That’s not going to be the case with the Thaxton Elementary School building. Monumental Iron Works, a Lynchburg metal fabricating business, has offered to buy 6.5 acres of the property, including the school building. Boggess said the school is structurally sound. It has been vacant since the school closed at the end of the 2015 school year.

  • Grand jury returns 44 true bills

        A Bedford County grand jury met Friday, returning 44 true bills against 29 defendants, including against 43-year-old Shawn Patrick Overstreet of Bedford.
        Overstreet was indicted on one charge of misdemeanor sexual battery and two charges of online computer solicitation.
        The sexual battery charge alleges that Overstreet sexually touched a girl under the age of 18 but between 15 and 18 years of age. That is alleged to have occurred on July 14 of this year.

  • Pennies for Patients

        For years students at Big Island Elementary School had raised funds each year for the Leukemia Society.

        The fundraiser had been championed by a staff member at the school who had family members touched by cancer. But after she left, that fundraiser fell through the cracks as the school took on some other projects.
        This year when the Leukemia Society called and asked the school to consider adding it back as a fundraiser, the timing was right.

  • The NFL Lacks Identity


    For the first time in recent memory the NFL is in foreign territory, neck deep in water and struggling to keep its head above. The NFL has no identity.

    The league has become the unfortunate personification of Spongebob when he lost his name tag and then proceeded to lose his mind because it meant he had no identity.

    That is the current state of the NFL, although it’s handling it a tad better than Mr. Squarepants did, in the public eye at least.

  • Ospreys go 2-1 following Thanksgiving break

    By: Denton Day
    Sports Editor

    In the Ospreys return to the court following Thanksgiving break the team put forth a dominant performance against Parkway Christian Academy.

    Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy doubled the Eagles score in a 64-32 victory.

    The Ospreys were in control the entire game and showcased their defensive ability by holding the Eagles to single digit scoring in all four quarters.

  • Jury recommends five year sentence

        According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Stacey Gardner, the death of Paul Thomas came down to one thing—gravel.

        Last Thursday, Vicky Thomas Clarke, 56,  was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter—she had been charged with second degree murder–for killing her brother in the early morning hours on Oct. 1, 2015. The eight-man, four-woman jury recommended a five-year sentence and also found her not guilty of a use of a firearms charge.

  • Jefferson Forest takes down Liberty

    By: Denton Day
    Sports Editor
    The first matchup of the season between the Liberty Minutemen and the Jefferson Forest Cavaliers saw no shortage of action. The Minutemen traveled to face the Cavaliers and thanks to a strong second half the Cavaliers came away with a 60-44 victory.

  • Heritage haults Staunton River

    By: Denton Day
    Sports Editor

    The stands filled to the brim on Saturday for the highly anticipated matchup between the Heritage Pioneers and the Staunton River Golden Eagles. Fans had to get to the stadium over two hours before kickoff to get a parking spot in the actual school parking lot and the grass surrounding the parking lot. The Pioneers were the only thing standing in the Golden Eagles way to get back to the Class 3 State Championship, where their season ended last season.

  • Tree lighting, parade usher in Christmas season

        Christmas kicks off in Centertown Bedford this week with a tree lighting event in Centertown Park on Friday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. There will be music and performances by LeeAnne Ashley Studio of Dance.