Today's News

  • Arming teachers is a lousy idea

        In 1999, after the first school gun massacre in Littleton, Colorado, the National Rifle Association barely waited two weeks to show up in town to hold a rally.
        Then-NRA President Charleton Heston stood on stage, held up a rifle, and uttered their macho chant popular at the time, “From my cold dead hands.”

  • Counting chickens

        Liberals are not getting a whole lot of news to support their hopes for an electoral disaster for Republicans in the fall.

  • Lynchburg man faces malicious wounding, abduction and sexual battery charges

        Warrants were taken out by officers from the Bedford Police Department last week on Mark Hanson Elliott of Lynchburg for an incident that allegedly occurred Tuesday morning.
        According to Bedford Police, at about 8:30 a.m., police responded to the 1000 block of Pinecrest Avenue for the report of a disturbance.  A Lynchburg man, identified as Mark Hanson Elliott, was not at the location when officers arrived. 

  • Judge dismisses case against former SB chair

        General District Court Judge Randy Krantz dismissed a charge against former Bedford County School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler, following a hearing in GDC last Wednesday.
        John Briscoe had filed for a warrant against Hostutler late last fall, charging him with false entry/destroying a public record. The misdemeanor charge related to the alleged removal of information from a Facebook account.

  • Town Council revisits funding to outside agencies

        During a work session last week, Bedford Town Council briefly revisited funding to outside agencies.
        Late last month, Council had made decisions on the amount of funding the town would give various outside agencies that requested funding. Last week, Councilman Steve Rush, who had been absent at the previous meeting, wanted to revisit the decision.
        Rush called funding outside agencies “political pork” although he had no problem with providing matching funds to support a grant.

  • Dr. Schuch proposes $105.6M in spending

        Thursday night, Dr. Douglas Schuch, Bedford County’s superintendent of schools, announced his proposal for the school division’s budget.
        The school board will deliberate on his budget this Thursday in a work session at 6 p.m.
        “My hope is that our budget decisions during the next couple of months send a clear message to our community about our commitment to empowering learners for future success,” Dr. Schuch said.

  • Terry to remain in jail

        A 28-year-old Roanoke man, facing five counts of computer solicitation of someone less than 15 years old and more than seven years younger than the defendant, was denied bond during a hearing last Wednesday in General District Court.
        Robert Ryan Terry is scheduled for a May 14 bond hearing. He can appeal his bond request to circuit court.

  • New middle school construction going well

    Work on Liberty Middle School is 80 percent complete, according to Eddie Brown, the M. B. Kahn representative overseeing the project. He expects the school to be substantially complete by July 15.

        The good news, according to Donnie Lake, Kahn’s site supervisor, is that the entire school is “dried in.” This means that interior work can continue regardless of the weather.
        “We won’t lose any time on account of rain,” Lake said.

  • Storm leaves downed trees, some without power

    The Bedford area experienced high winds, Friday, that often sounded like a jet plane roaring over.

        The winds knocked over trees and left people without power, some for extended periods of time. The county’s volunteer fire companies were kept busy with wind-whipped wildland fires.
        “We had everybody on by Saturday evening,” said John Wagner, director of Bedford’s electric department.

  • Special teams do special things

    By: Denton Day
    Sports Editor

    To start the season the main goal for the Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy (SMLCA) Ospreys was simple–win the VACA State Championship. Achieving that goal would be easier said than done for the Ospreys.

    The basketball season officially starts in November but the Ospreys began this year’s journey much earlier. The team started to get familiar with one another in June.