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Today's News

  • TEA Party draws 300 at Westlake

    A crowd that organizers estimated at a little more than 300 filled a lot at Westlake, Friday, for a TEA Party.

  • Help is Here Express visits Bedford

    A big orange bus with the words “Help is Here” emblazoned on it spent some time in Bedford Memorial Hospital’s parking last Wednesday.

        It’s part of a program, called the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA), run by PhRMA, the national trade group for pharmaceutical manufacturers.  According to Jeff Trewhitt, senior director of communications and public affairs for PhRMA, two of these orange buses have been crossing the country for four-and-a-half years. The bus that stopped by Bedford has also been in Alaska.

  • Moose help Safe Surfin'

    Bedford’s Moose Lodge got involved with Sheriff Mike Brown’s efforts to promote Internet safety in its early days.

        According to Brown, it began when Andy Dooley approached Brown about helping out. The relationship progressed to the state level and, early last year, went national.

  • No jail time in animal cruelty case

    A Bedford County man won’t spend any time in jail after pleading guilty last week to 11 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.

         Gary Chisom, 52, received a six month suspended sentence on each charge for a total of five years, six months. During that time Chisom, according to the plea agreement, cannot own any agricultural animals.

  • R.I. man indicted by grand jury

    A Rhode Island man accused of traveling to Bedford County to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex was indicted on five felony charges by a Bedford County grand jury last week.

        Andrew Fitzgerald Holloway, 22, of 774 West Shore Road, Warwick, R.I., faces three charges of unlawful carnal knowledge, a Class IV felony, and two counts of computer solicitation of a female under the age of 15 years old for the purpose of soliciting carnal knowledge, a Class IV felony.

  • Operation Medicine Cabinet

    Home Instead Senior Care, Bedford Memorial Hospital, and the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office are teaming up for the second time to help people get rid of expired and unused medicine. It’s called Operation Medicine Cabinet. The first time it was held was in June and, according to Brenda Dixon of Home Instead, they collected 49 pounds of medicine ranging from prescription drugs to over-the-counter medicine.

        “It’s a great prevention project,” said Sgt. David Marsh, of the Sheriff’s Office.

  • The President speaks

    When all was said and done, the speech President Barack Obama gave to school children across this country Tuesday proved to be more hype than substance — less political and more traditional.

        School systems around the country were faced with the decision of how to handle the speech, which some claimed to be a political ploy to garner the support of this nation’s children apart from their parents’ input.

  • Letters

    Don’t tarnish

    community

        This morning on C-Span’s Washington Journal a man called in identifying himself first as being from Bedford, Va., and secondly as Steve.

  • Legislation provides a tax credit of up to $2,500 for the cost tuition and related expenses

    As students return to college and community college this fall, many of them and their families have questions about the new American Opportunity Tax Credit and how they can take advantage of this important new tax benefit.

  • Friends, family say goodbye to area teens

    Last Monday Heidi Childs was on the Virginia Tech campus passing out popsicles to as many students she could find.

        “Heidi was so excited about popsicles because it was a way she could show the love of Christ for others,” stated Jeff Highfield, director of Campus Crusade for Christ at Virginia Tech. Just one week later, hundreds of family and friends gathered at Heritage Baptist Church in Lynchburg to eulogize her and David Metzler, both who were killed in the Caldwell Fields area of Jefferson National Forest last week.