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Today's News

  • Bedford’s Mason’s honor Putney, others at Lodge

        “Lacey voted for me five times,” commented Louis Campbell, grand master of Virginia’s Masons, as he prepared to give Delegate Lacey Putney his 50 year Mason’s pin.

        Campbell is a retired judge and, unlike federal judges, Virginia judges are not appointed for life. They serve fixed terms and must be reappointed at the end of each term if they desire to remain on the bench.

  • Local student leads Tech effort

        While Virginia Tech’s football team is the focus of a lot of local people’s attention right now, Tech is fielding a totally different team that has its sights on a national title.

        It’s being led by a local fellow. It’s the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team and its goal is to win the EcoCAR 2 competition. Tech is one of 15 universities in the U. S. that were invited to participate in this competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors.

  • 92-year-old Moneta resident only class member at reunion

        When Jefferson High School, in Roanoke, held an all-school reunion, Christine Reckley, of Moneta, was the only member of the Class of 1938 there.

        Actually, she’s not the sole surviving member. She said she knows of two others who are still alive.

  • Team honors No. 82

        Staunton River High School student Jacob Baird “lived for football” according to the school’s principal, Michelle Morgan.

        Baird participated with the Golden Eagle football program for five years and started on several of the special teams.
        According to Coach Chuck Poston, the team planned to wear their jerseys to the visitation service.

  • Caldwell sentenced to 22 years for shooting brother, nephew

        Dennis Caldwell, 56, will spend 22 years in prison for shooting his brother, Glenn Caldwell, 62, and his nephew, Michael Caldwell, 36.
        Dennis Caldwell had entered a no contest plea, on Aug. 15, to two counts of aggravated malicious wounding and two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony. The plea was entered one year to the day of the shootings. He had shot both men multiple times with a .45 cal. semiautomatic pistol.

  • Local businesses learn how to protect themselves from fake documents

        Business Watch, a program of the Bedford City Police Department, gave local business people a chance to learn about fake documents last month.

        Ron Morris, a retired Secret Service agent was on hand to talk to them. Morris served as a forensic document examiner while employed by the Secret Service and, in retirement, runs a consulting business providing the same service.

  • Former youth leader arrested

        A former local youth leader at a Forest church is facing a felony count for the unlawfully filming of a minor.
        Auri Christopher Collin Jones, 28, of Lynchburg was arrested Wednesday on one felony count of unlawful filming, videotaping or photographing of a minor. On Thursday, Jones was arrested on a misdemeanor count of the same charge, related to filming someone over the age of 18.

  • Ware faces more charges

        The former Bedford County Board of Supervisors member, charged with embezzlement and money laundering, has been indicted on additional charges following the meeting of a Bedford County grand jury earlier this month.
        The grand jury indicted Earl Anthony (Tony) Ware of Big Island on an additional 11 counts, five for embezzlement and six for money laundering. Those are in addition to the 14 felony charges for embezzlement and money laundering filed earlier against Ware this year.

  • Getting ready for Christmas

        There will be plenty of opportunities to celebrate the Christmas holidays over the next several weeks as communities come together in a variety of activities.

        From parades, to firing up the Christmas lights; visits with Santa to church plays and cantatas, area groups and organizations are hard at work to provide the best in Christmas festivities.
        There are also plenty of opportunities to help others.
        And, of course, to shop.
        Local events include:

  • SRHS students killed in separate incidents

        The Staunton River High School community is mourning the loss of three students who died in separate accidents this past week.

        On Sunday, a single-vehicle crash occurred around 9:15 p.m. on Va. 24 near Meadors Spur Road.  Ashley Brooke Barton, 17, of Moneta, a student at Staunton River, died in the accident.