Today's News

  • A family’s feud

        Vicky Clarke’s bond on second degree murder charges came with a stern warning from Circuit Court Judge James Updike: Don’t go back to your home or your property.

        Judge Updike said Friday he was well aware of the family feud between Clarke, 54, and others in her family over a gravel road—a feud that apparently led up to Clarke allegedly shooting her brother, Paul Thomas, in the early morning hours of Oct. 1.

  • Farm Bureau looks back, ahead at its annual dinner

    Bedford County Farm Bureau’s annual dinner, with approximately 200 people attending, looked backward and forward.

  • Town reschedules E-Waste Day to Oct. 24

        Due to the inclement weather Oct. 3, the town of Bedford re-scheduled its annual E-Waste Day to Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Farmers Market, Centertown Plaza.
        The event will be held from 8 a.m. until noon.
        Just as in other years, the town will be accepting electronic waste (e-waste) to be recycled by ECyclers USA. This includes TV’s, monitors, cell phones, computers, printers, phones, laptops, tablets, microwave ovens -- just about anything electronic.

  • Foundation celebrates education efforts

        The Bedford Education Foundation held its annual Back-to-School breakfast, Thursday morning, honoring contributors who have provided the Foundation money for grants.

  • What started the fire?

        Bedford County’s fire and rescue department hosted a fire investigation seminar last week. The three day seminar was taught by Steve Riggs of the Public Agency Training Council, a national organization.

        “We are the largest privately held public safety training company in the country today,” Riggs said.
        Riggs said they have 78 instructors and conduct between 800 and 900 seminars each year.

  • Stay #SMLStrong

    Editor’s note:

        Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Vicki Gardner was a victim of the August shooting at Bridgewater Plaza in which two WDBJ7 journalists were killed. She continues to recover from her injuries and submitted this letter in response to all that has happened since the shooting.
    By Vicki Gardner
    Executive Director
    SML Regional
    Chamber of Commerce

  • Little horse brings big cheer to others

        Sheldon is a miniature horse, but that doesn’t mean he can’t tackle big tasks.

  • Welch appears in court in Bedford

        The man accused of abducting and killing two Maryland girls, and disposing of their bodies in Bedford County, made his first official court appearance in Bedford Thursday.

  • Woman charged with shooting her brother

    A Bedford County woman, charged with second degree murder for allegedly shooting her brother last Thursday, was denied bond at a hearing Tuesday morning in Bedford County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

        On October 1  at 12:39 a.m. Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from John Clarke, 1257 Green Mountain Road, stating that his brother-in-law, Paul Thomas, was in his vehicle tearing up their    private road,  according to a news release from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Evangelist will speak at local missions conference

    Dr. Bob Shelton, who will be speaking at Grace Memorial Baptist Church’s missions conference, had the opportunity of a lifetime in 1952.

        Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek and his forces had been driven from mainland China by Mao Tse-tung’s Communist forces in 1949. Dr. Shelton said Chaing had brought three million people with him, 500,000 of whom were his soldiers.