Today's News

  • Club Z! offers tutoring option for local students

    Jennifer Whitt always loved to teach.

        So it is natural when she decided to get back into the work force after raising her children she would return to the education field. Last September she launched her tutoring business, Club Z!, based in Forest.

  • Breaking ground

    Groundbreaking for the Bedford Regional Water Authority’s (BRWA) new water project was held Tuesday morning. The ceremony was held at the intake near the current High Point plant.

        The ceremony included a moment of silence for Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. Gardner was supposed to have been at the ceremony but, instead, is recovering from a gunshot wound she suffered in the Aug. 26 shooting that claimed the lives of two WDBJ journalists.

  • Gardner released from hospital

        Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber Executive Director Vicki Gardner is now home.

        One of three victims of the August 26 shooting at Smith Mountain Lake, she was discharged from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital on Monday.
        Two WDBJ7 television journalists were killed while filming a live segment on the lake’s anniversary with Gardner.
        On the Facebook page, “Vicki’s Recovery Page,” this note was posted:

  • Music teacher sentenced

        A music teacher will serve additional time behind bars for a sexual relationship he had with a minor.

        Luís Roberto Méndez, 43, of Lynchburg, pleaded guilty in February in Bedford Circuit Court to a pair of charges of taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship. The victim was a 17-year-old girl.

  • Woman faces robbery charge

        A second person has been charged in the robbery Aug. 18 at English Meadows Elks Home off Ashland Avenue in Bedford.
        According to Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman, the woman who claimed she was robbed at knifepoint has now been charged in the crime.
        Foreman said Alicyn Marie Updike, 18, has been charged with robbery in which pills and drugs were taken from the Home.

  • Stebbins challenges Brown for Sheriff

        Charles Stebbins is challenging Sheriff Mike Brown for reelection.

        Stebbins, 68, is an Army veteran. He enlisted in the Army in 1966 and is a Vietnam Veteran. He was commissioned as an officer through OCS and became a military police officer. He served a total of 14 years with the Army, four of them on active duty and the rest in the Army Reserve, reaching the rank of major..

  • Never forget

    By Rev. Troy Keaton

        It’s the morning we will never forget.  We will never forget where we were when we heard the news that our incredible community had become the center of the news world.  

        We will never forget the sadness when we learned that two young precious lives were taken so soon. 
        We will never forget the fear and shock we felt when we heard that our own executive director, Vicki Gardner, had also been shot but was thankfully still alive. 

  • Better than Fair

        Bedford County’s first county fair for more than four decades was a rousing success. According to Joy Powers, who headed up the project, 14,800 people attended. This is double the number of people they anticipated.

        According to Susan Epperly, who was in charge of non-livestock contests, people came from as far away as Amherst County and Charlotte County. Some people came on multiple days.
        There was something to see every day.

  • Shooting shocks area, nation

    By John Barnhart and Tom Wilmoth

        This isn’t supposed to happen here. Not in Moneta – not to someone we know.

        In fact it isn’t supposed to happen at all.
        But last Wednesday morning changed everything. The Smith Mountain Lake Community—and the media family at WDBJ7—will never be the same.    
        A simple live report from Bridgewater Plaza turned deadly—and shocked the world.

  • Community comes together

    They came together to pray; they came together to remember; they came together to mourn.
        In the days following the shooting at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, coming together was important for the community, in whatever ways possible.