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Today's News

  • Fatal persuit: Goodview man in court

    HILLSVILLE – A Bedford County man facing charges related to the crash that killed a Carroll County deputy has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors and his two felony charges will go to a grand jury.

        Joseph Alan Lambert, 21, of Goodview, was being pursued by Carroll County authorities on the night of March 9. Deputy Curtis Bartlett was on his way to join the pursuit for Lambert, answering fellow deputies’ calls for help, when his patrol vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer. He died at the scene.

  • Oakes to be new principal at HES

        The Bedford County School Board has appointed Traci Oakes as the new principal of Huddleston Elementary School.
        Announcement of the appointment was made during Thursday’s meeting of the board.
        Oakes most recently served as assistant principal at Goodview Elementary School for the 2016-2017 school year. Prior to that she spent 21 years working for Franklin County Public Schools.

  • Charges against pastor dismissed

        This past spring, the Rev. Joshua Ball, pastor of Grace House before the homeless shelter closed, was charged with writing a bad check to the town’s electric department and assaulting a man. The check was written in a effort to pay the shelter’s electric bill, which was in arrears.
        Last week, Ball had his day in court. The bad     Ball said, in a phone interview, that as far as he knew, the money was there when he wrote the check.

  • Supervisors adopt dock ordinance

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted, after a joint public hearing with the planning commission, to remove all references to American Electric Power (AEP) from the zoning ordinance’s building permit process for docks at Smith Mountain Lake.

  • AEP believes they have an obligation

        John Shepelwich, a spokesman for American Electric Power, said, in a phone interview, that the company believes that the flowage easements attached to properties that extend below the 800 foot contour at Smith Mountain Lake gives the power company regulatory rights. Shepelwich said the easements were worked out in the 1960s.

  • Herring in town on Tueday

        Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring will be holding a roundtable discussion in Bedford Tuesday with members of law enforcement, medical professionals, and community leaders on the heroin and opioid epidemic.
        The event will be held at the Bedford Area Welcome Center on Tuesday, July 18 at 9 a.m.

  • Police arrest one man, search for another on variety of charges

        On June 27, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant in the 4000 block of Horseshoe Bend Road in Goodview.
        The search warrant was for narcotics and stolen property.
        According to a release from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, during the search of the property deputies located a stolen motorcycle from Franklin County along with a stolen lawn mower from a business in the town of Bedford.

  • Two face larceny charges

        On June 26 at about 12:05 a.m., officers from the Bedford Police Department responded to a call about a male suspect removing items from the rear of a local store.
        According to a report from the Bedford Police Department, witnesses gave the officers a description of the suspect and his vehicle.  Officers checked the area and located a male walking  who  matched the description and the white Dodge truck.  The truck was loaded with the items that were removed from the store’s parking lot, according to the report.

  • LHS student makes the most of her summer

        Hannah Steele isn’t wasting a moment of her summer.

        From competing in an international competition with teen scientists from around the world, to spending three weeks studying at the University of Barcelona, to leading her own classes promoting science to young girls, the rising senior from Liberty High School is making the most of every moment she has this summer.

  • Johnson’s Orchards unveils LOVE letters

        Johnson’s Orchard’s LOVE Letters have been an undercover effort.

        Even Danny Johnson had been, to a large extent, kept in the dark. His grandson and his grandson’s wife, the two behind the creative project, wanted to avoid strong suggestions from grandpa, although Danny did have some input on his personal historical knowledge on what parts of the orchard are subject to the strongest winds.