Today's News

  • Fair Trade Sale: A win-win event

    By Kathy Lietz

        In India, an old lady knits scarves in a corner of the kitchen in her son’s home.  Her handiwork is sold through Fair Trade venues.  She is able to earn her keep and be a contributing member of her family.

  • Earn a scholarship and serve our community

    By Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown

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  • Cain shouldn’t hide behind race

        Republican presidential surprise Herman Cain hit a big bump in his “road to the White House” last week when he fought allegations of sexual harassment.

        The political Web site, Politico.com, broke the story, which was then in every other media outlet within minutes.
        At first, the pizza king said he couldn’t remember any incidents that would have led a woman to file such a complaint. A fuzzy memory is always good in these situations, isn’t it?

  • Perry could still come back

        America is getting sick to death of President Barack Obama. When pitted against a generic Republican in polls, he loses. Over the last few months, the negative gap between those who strongly disapprove of him and those who strongly approve of him has been higher than at any time during his presidency. It stood at -19 in a Rasmussen poll on Nov. 8.

  • Zoning ordinance update

    The time to speak out is now.

        This Thursday, Nov. 10, a public hearing will be held to give citizens the chance to speak out about proposed changes to Bedford County’s zoning ordinance.
        The county recently completed the first phase of updating the zoning ordinance, which was first adopted in 1998. The Board of Supervisors has approved the changes that were submitted by the Planning Commission after many months of deliberation.
        And not everyone has agreed on the process, or the changes.

  • Missing girl found safe


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    The 16-year-old Bedford County girl reported missing Monday morning was found Wednesday morning safe in Kentucky. She was located with the former Bedford County Sheriff's Deputy recently charged with taking indecent liberties with a minor.

  • Legion honors local residents

        Bedford’s American Legion post recently honored Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Allison Key, awarding her the American Legion Medal of Valor for her actions during a shooting incident on Aug, 15. Key received the award at a meeting of the post.

        Major Ricky Gardner read the timeline of the incident at the meeting.

  • Lake Christian Ministries needs more space

        Smith Mountain Lake Christian Ministries is running out of space.

  • Turnout surprisingly good by mid-afternoon

        A warm, sunny November day combined with contested races in many of the elections, brought a steady stream of voters to polling places in the county and city.

        The city’s Ward 1 saw 189 voters by 10:57 a.m. and 139 had showed up at the county’s Public Service Authority polling place by 11:26 a.m. Carl Wells, who heads up that polling place, said that, although there had been no line, voter turnout had been steady all morning.

  • Man sentenced for molesting toddler

    Calling the sentencing guidelines “totally inadequate,” Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz argued for a significantly higher prison sentence for a 21-year-old Roanoke man who sexually assaulted a 2 1/2-year-old girl in May 2009 while living in Bedford.