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Today's News

  • A look at how Jefferson kept cool and warm

        Trying to keep a house cool in the summer and warm in the winter was a challenge 200 years ago, even if you happened to be Thomas Jefferson.

         Jefferson’s retreat, Poplar Forest, located in Forest shows how he did it, as best he could.
        “You have to start with the structure,” said Travis McDonald, Poplar Forest’s director of architectural restoration.

  • Bedford native shares passion for art, aircraft

        Gene Thomas, a Bedford native and 1971 Liberty High School grad, has loved art since his elementary school days.

        “I started drawing when I was in fourth grade,” he said.
        He was also fascinated with military aircraft from the time he was in elementary school. His drawings came from photographs in a book called “Fighting Aces in the Pacific.”

  • Community spruces up Bedford Primary School

        Students returning to Bedford Primary School next Thursday, Aug. 14, will be met with a spruced up exterior of the school.

        Residents from the community have been meeting this week to work on the landscaping at the front of the school, getting it ready for the opening of school—and for a tour two weeks later by the Bedford County School Board.

  • Grand jury indicts two men for aggravated involuntary manslaughter

        Two men, charged with aggravated involuntary manslaughter in separate cases, have been indicted by the August grand jury in Bedford County.
        Michael Wayne Jenkins, 27 of Bedford, was indicted for aggravated involuntary manslaughter, assault on medical personnel and felony hit and run.
         Jenkins is charged with hitting a bicyclist on Va. 122, near Va. 24 on March 21 and then leaving the scene of the accident. Sean McQuaid, the bicyclist, died from his injuries the next day.

  • Suspect killed

        A Bedford County Sheriff’s Office deputy shot and killed a suspect in a home invasion that occurred last Tuesday night, July 29.
        At 8:03 p.m. Tuesday night, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from 1554 Stewartsville Road, Moneta. The caller reported that she was home alone and was in the shower, when a male broke into her home.

  • One man remains missing following boat collision

        Conservation police officers with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) are searching Smith Mountain Lake for Ronald Lemons, 73, of Vinton, who remained missing Tuesday morning after a Thursday night boat collision.
        According to Lt. Chris Thomas, of DGIF, Henry Brown, 64, Donald Schlosser, 64, and a 17-year-old male, all of Greensboro, North Carolina, were aboard a 37-foot Chris Craft cabin cruiser trolling for stripers when their boat was struck by a 21-foot Trident bass boat with Lemons and James McCulloch III aboard.

  • Judge denies bond in murder-for-hire case

        Kevin Colgan, charged with trying to hire a hit man to murder his wife, is still in jail where he has been since he was arrested on June 19.
        According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz, Colgan was originally denied bail by Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Louis Harrison. He appealed that decision to Bedford County Circuit Court where Judge James Updike denied him bail last week.

  • Smith pleads guilty

        Michael Anthony Smith pleaded guilty, last week, to charges stemming from the death of his 2-year-old son this past winter. The boy’s mother, Shana Witt, has been charged with smothering the boy with a stuffed toy.
        According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz, an investigation indicated that the couple delayed calling emergency services for up to two hours while they got rid of evidence of a meth lab operating in the house.

  • Descendents of plantation owner say ancestors buried in old cemetery

        An old graveyard on U. S. 460, just east of the Applebee’s restaurant, was the subject of a court hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court Monday morning.

  • Shop, café open in Bedford

        Looking for a walk down memory lane? Retro on Depot might be just the place for you.