Today's News

  • A Tribute to Allen M. Huddleston

    By James W. Morrison
    Author of Bedford Goes to War

        Allen M. Huddleston died on February 10 at age 96.
        He was a native son of Bedford County who served his country and his community. He is believed to have been the last survivor of the Bedford Boys, the last survivor from Bedford County to have served during World War II in Company A, which had been a National Guard infantry company based in Bedford before it was called to active duty and eventual deployment to Europe. 

  • Bill passes to increase the number of charter schools

    By Senator Steve Newman

        With 140 lawmakers coming to Richmond from every corner of Virginia to process more than 2,000 pieces of legislation in just 60 days, Capitol Square is a very hectic place during session.  With a limited amount of days available to complete our work, the days can be very long.

  • Bill will transform the notion of higher education

        With crossover looming, there was a lot of activity this week in Richmond.  As we pass the halfway point of the 2016 General Assembly session, there’s a lot of activity on the floors of both chambers, where key pieces of legislation are often being debated at great length.

  • Constitutional amendment would allow publically funded charter schools

    By Delegate Terry Austin

  • Losing the lust for empire

        It used to be said of the United Kingdom: “The sun never sets on the British Empire.”
        As a colonial power in the 19th  and early 20th centuries, Great Britain had colonies all over Asia and Africa. It controlled them politically and exploited their natural resources and sent that back home.

  • Scalia’s death was a tragic loss

    When I heard of Antonin Scalia’s death over the weekend, my first thought was “Oh no!!!!”  Scalia was a consistent conservative and, along with Clarence Thomas, was one of the two most scholarly, articulate conservative voices on the Supreme Court.

  • Perjury plea entered in Lyon sisters case

        The brother-in-law of a man who is a person of interest in the 1975 abduction case of sisters Sheila and Katherine Lyon in Maryland was found guilty of perjury in Bedford County Circuit Court Tuesday.
        Leslie Joseph Engleking, 69, is the brother-in-law of Richard Welch who is a person of interest in the case; he has yet to be charged.
        Engleking was arrested Aug. 7 after testifying to a multi-jurisdictional special grand jury empaneled to investigate the Lyon sisters case.

  • Krantz has support to replace Judge Black

        According to Sate Sen. Steve Newman, Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz has the support of the local delegation to replace retiring Judge Harold Black as General District Court Judge.

  • Bedford woman must repay close to $2,000

        A former employee of Dollar General in Forest will have to repay close to $2,000 to the company as part of a plea agreement reached in Bedford County Circuit Court last Friday.
        Caitlin Michelle Throne, 22 of Bedford, was sentenced to two years in prison with all of that time suspended for embezzling $1953.04 from Dollar General. She was arrested on the charge in August 2014 and entered a guilty plea last April.

  • Bond hearing held Tuesday in former police officer’s child porn case

        Brian McAlexander, a former Bedford police officer, has been granted bond.
        McAlexander has been charged with distributing child pornography. He has been held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail since his arrest on Feb. 5.
        McAlexander has been charged with one count of distribution of child pornography and five counts of distribution of child pornography, subsequent offense.