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Today's News

  • Man faces six years in prison for relationship with 14-year-old

        A 29-year-old Lynchburg man pleaded guilty Friday to seven felonies related to having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl.
        Cody Austin McKay received an 18 year sentence—having an active prison term of 6 years, 10 months to serve of that sentence—for five convictions of carnal knowledge of a minor and two charges of possessing child pornography. Those charges relate to sexually explicit images of the girl McKay had on his cellphone when he was arrested.

  • Supervisors not interested in joining regional library study

    Bedford County will not be joining Lynchburg and Campbell County in a study to determine what savings a regional library system would bring.

  • Moose to light up the skies

        The city of Bedford won’t be sponsoring Fourth of July fireworks, but there will be fireworks here after all.
        They just won’t be on July 4.
        According to Andy Dooley, the lodge administrator at the Bedford Moose Lodge, the Moose will sponsor fireworks on July 5.
        Why July 5?
        Dooley said that if you want fireworks on July 4, you have to book a company early. Everybody was all booked up for July 4 at this late date.

  • Forest convenience store robbed

    At 10:05 p.m. Monday night, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from the Quik-E Food Mart in Forest reporting a robbery.

    According to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff's Office, the caller stated that a black male with black framed glasses, carrying a gray sweater and wearing jeans and a black T-shirt entered the store. He threatened the clerk and demanded money. After getting the money, the suspect left on foot and ran towards Graves Mill Road behind the store, the BCSO report stated.

  • A message for our graduates: Seek opportunity

    A wise man named Albert Einstein once said, “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”  As high school and college students across the Sixth District don caps and gowns, walk across the stage, and accept a diploma, we are reminded of the great opportunities fostered by education and hard work. 

     

  • Military scandals must be addressed

    His attorney announced last week that U.S. Army staff sergeant Robert Bales will plead guilty to the murder of 16 Afghan civilians, most of them children, in order to avoid the death penalty.
        The attack, the worst U.S. atrocity of the long occupation of Afghanistan, happened in March of 2012, when Bales left his base on two separate occasions to carry out the murders.

  • How long can we get away with it?

        A couple of weeks ago I read a news article about a hand-written letter that North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong-un, sent to China’s President Xi Jinping. The letter was hand delivered by a high-ranking North Korean army officer who wore a “Mao suit” instead of a military uniform. The exact contents of the letter are unknown, but the article stated that it was part of an effort by North Korea to build better ties with China.

  • Time for a change

    Eric Holder has to go.
        Controversial from the start, the US Attorney General has gone so far over the line even many on his side of the fence have had enough.
        Just this week, when asked by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte to go on the record to explain his contradictory testimony—as in what he said about not wanting to punish journalists just doing their job, while at the same time seeking to do just that—Holder refused to appear, instead having a subordinate file a letter on his behalf.

  • Shooting leads to charges being filed

        A shooting that occurred at a Huddleston residence Wednesday night has led to a number of charges being filed.
        According to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, at 10 p.m. Wednesday night, Bedford County dispatchers received a call from Jody Roach of  Roach Town Road, Huddleston, stating that she had fired a gun through her door at two subjects standing outside of her residence.

  • Landmark sells Roanoke times

        Landmark Media Enterprises, owner of The Bedford Bulletin, announced that it sold The Roanoke Times to Warren Buffett’s BH Media Group on Friday.
        The sale has no effect on operations of the Bulletin. The newspaper will continue to be printed at The Roanoke Times’ plant, as it has been since 2005.
        The Bulletin will continue to be operated by Landmark Community Newspapers.