Today's News

  • Dog license rates going up in Bedford

    Owning a dog in Bedford just got a little more expensive.

        At its meeting Tuesday, City Council approved, an a unanimous vote, an ordinance increasing dog license fees for the upcoming year.
        The new fees will include:
        • altered dogs — $5 rate, up from $3;
        • male and female dogs — $10 rate, up from $5;
        • kennel tags up to 10 — $35 rate, up from $25;

  • County teachers visit China

    Two Bedford County teachers were able to spend a week in China last month. They hope they’ll be able to use what they learned to help their students.

        The opportunity came through an invitation from the Office of Chinese Language Council International’s North American office, located in Vancouver, Canada. Though the session was intended for teachers of Chinese language, Ashlie Hirschman and Rhonda Luckie were still invited to attend even though they do not teach Chinese. They are both still in the process of learning the language.

  • Man guilty of infecting girl with HIV

    Carlos Lamont Rose, 41, entered pleas of guilty and no contest to charges stemming from a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl which he infected with HIV.

        Rose, of Madison Heights, pleaded guilty Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court to carnal knowledge of a minor and soliciting to produce child pornography. He pleaded no contest to infected sexual battery. A no contest plea means that the person does not admit guilt, but  doesn’t refute  the  charge either. It carries the same weight as a guilty plea.

  • SEC brings fraud charges against nuclear power company that started in Thaxton

    The Securities and Exchange Commission last week charged a self-described power company in Idaho—with ties to Bedford County—with fraudulently raising funds for a $10 billion nuclear power project. The SEC is seeking an emergency court order to freeze the assets of the company and two executives.

        The company was originally based out of Thaxton and includes a number of investors from the Bedford area.

  • Community events and Calendar (week of Dec. 15, 2010)

    Sign-ups and notices

        For information of events and activities at area churches, see the church news section in this week's paper.

    It's Christmas Time In Bedford...

  • Church news (week of Dec. 15, 2010)


    Bedford Baptist Christmas worship services
        Christmas services at Bedford Baptist Church include:
        Sunday, Dec. 19: worship includes special music program. 12 – 2 p.m., Children's Christmas party.
        Friday, Dec. 24: 6:30 p.m. concert; 7 p.m. Candlelight Communion Service.
        Bedford Baptist Church is located at 1516 Oakwood St. in Bedford. Call 586-9564 for more information.

    Christmas special services at EastLake Community Church


        Snow removal crews are working to clear interstate and primary roads in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s 12-county Salem District Thursday morning.  Early morning snowfall has left most roads in moderate condition.  Motorists are advised to use caution if they must travel on Thursday.  Forecasters expect more snow throughout the day on Thursday, and motorists should be alert to changing road conditions.  

  • Eligibility requirements for veteran’s benefits

  • Permanent fix to Medicare reimbursement rates needed

    Last week, Congress took an important step to make sure that our senior citizens can continue to see their doctors for care by protecting the reimbursement rates for doctors who participate in the Medicare system. The House passed bipartisan legislation that blocks the 25% cut in Medicare payments to doctors that could have gone into effect on December 31, which will ensure seniors and military families will be able to continue to see their doctors. This legislation is fully paid for and now goes to the President for his signature.

  • Restoring integrity to our judicial system

    It is a rare occasion when the U.S. Congress impeaches a federal judge and removes the accused from the bench.  Indeed, only 8 federal judges have been removed from office in our nation’s history.  However, when evidence emerges that an individual is abusing his judicial office for his own advantage, the integrity of the judicial system becomes compromised, and the Congress has the duty to investigate the matter and take the appropriate actions to end the abuse and restore confidence in the judicial system.