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Today's News

  • Grand jury indicts Bedford County shelter worker charged with animal cruelty

        A worker at the Bedford County Animal Shelter has been indicted with felony animal cruelty, in connection with injuries to a cat that led it to have to be euthanized.

        Bryan Thomas Skinnell, 44, of Bedford, was arrested Sept. 26 of last year on the charge following the investigation of a complaint that was filed on Aug. 10. Skinnell’s employment at the shelter was terminated after he was charged. A Bedford County grand jury indicted him on the charge Friday.

  • Man sentenced for case in which he hid his dead grandmother in a barrel

        Acting United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle announced the sentencing of a Vinton man who previously pleaded guilty to stealing funds from the Social Security Administration, while hiding his dead grandmother in a barrel.

  • Salem man arrested for stealing truck

        At 8:05 a.m. February 2, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
        According to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, the dispatcher advised they had received a call from a man who said he was behind a truck that had been stolen from Old Station Loop, Hardy in Bedford County. The caller stated that he worked for the company in Rocky Mount that   owned  the  truck and the white male driving it did not work for the company.

  • Local family trying to adopt 3 brothers runs into obstacles

        A Bedford County family is stuck in Poland after going there Dec. 6 to adopt three brothers.

        The family of four, which expanded to seven when the three brothers joined them, learned in late December that their adoption agency had been disbarred. This left all seven members of the family stranded in a small apartment -- the adoption not finalized and funds to return home are having to be utilized to stay there because of the turn of events.

  • Unit from Forest was first medic crew on scene

        It took 30 minutes for the first medic unit to arrive on scene at the Jan. 17 fire at 708 Grove Street, that claimed the life of a 4-year-old child living at that residence.

  • Council to hold public hearing on fortune telling regs

        Town Council is looking at lifting a ban on fortune tellers.
        At the request of David Guy, who wants to open a fortune telling business, Assistant Town Manager Bart Warner made a presentation to Council, noting that repealing this ban is something town staff had previously recommended. He said the repeal will require a public hearing.
        Warner recommended that fortune telling be a commercial use, “which will keep it out of residential [areas].”

  • Personalized learning fair: Helping teachers teach everybody

        Bedford County Public Schools held a personalized learning fair, late last month, at the School Board Office Conference Room. The fair gave county teachers a chance to talk with 18 other teachers to get personalized learning classroom ideas.

        The teachers have been using Google Chromebook laptop computers to implement personalized learning.
        “We’re starting the transition to more personalized learning,” said Mel Taylor, a science teacher at Forest Middle School.

  • Hale receives 20 year sentence in abduction case

        Three months after abducting a Bedford County woman the first time, Willard Wayne Hale abducted the same woman again, causing numerous injuries to his victim. He will spend 11 years in prison as a result.
        Hale, 32, received 20 years in prison with nine years suspended on charges related to those actions, including two abduction charges, a malicious wounding charge and a bad check charge. He received one year jail sentences on misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and assault and battery.

  • Rape charges dismissed

        Rape and forcible sodomy charges against Christopher Morgan Pannell, 44, of Moneta, were dismissed after a bench trial Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court.
        The rape charge stemmed from a night of drinking and drugs on June 21. According to testimony, Cody Cox and Pannell picked up his accuser at her grandmother’s home that evening. She had  admitted to  a  romantic relationship with Cox that ended nine months earlier. Pannell had never seen her before.

  • Bedford FD honors its firefighters

        The Bedford Volunteer Fire Department marked some milestones last month.