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Today's News

  • Breaking: Death of child ruled a homicide

    A special grand jury will be impaneled next month to investigate the death of an eight-month old child in September.

        Bedford Police Department Chief Jim Day said this week that the death of the child, Marissa Burnette, had officially been ruled this week as a homicide.

        On Sept. 2, officers responded to 1114 Maiden Lane in the city of Bedford regarding a possible injury to the child.  The child was transported to Bedford Memorial Hospital and then to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where it was later pronounced deceased. 

  • Many (un)happy returns

      Jefferson Forest discovered that Amherst is much more than a one-trick pony.

        The Lancers employed exceptional special teams play in dashing the Cavaliers’ hopes of a shot at state.

        Instead, it will be Amherst which moves on to the state semifinals, due to its 40-10 manhandling of the lads from Forest.

        The weathermen called for a brisk night.  If 25 degrees is your idea of brisk, then the evening met the criteria.

  • Seminole looks up for grabs in girls' hoops

        Every season, so the theory goes, the district title is up for grabs in just about any sport.

        This season, it appears that the theory is accurate.  With Brookville having graduated its dominance, the crown could fall upon any of the solid candidates’ heads.

        The three Bedford County teams bring a mix of old and new to the fore, and each has a shot of being in the thick of things.

  • Ingrate

        As we gather round the table this Thursday, we’ll be certain to give thanks for those blessings which we have received during the year.

        For me, the bounty has been plentiful.   I will not, however, mention the following in my thanks to the Almighty:   

  • Breaking: Chervan to close the majority of its Bedford plant

    Frank Chervan, Inc. has announced the closure of several operating units located at its Bedford plant.

        The company today notified about 90 affected workers that operations will be closed in early February.  The company will still operate a rough lumber mill in Bedford that will likely employ around 30 people.

  • Bedford's pie lady to be parade grand marshal

        Ruth Crouch has been the manager at D. Reynolds for 32 years, but she's known about Bedford as the pie lady. As a sideline, she bakes pies to order.

        “I made six this morning before I came to work,” she said when interviewed the day before Thanksgiving. 

        All told, she's baked 220 this year. That includes more than 40 for Main Street United Methodist Church's bake sales in July and August. Each year she contributes at least 40 for this fundraising event.

  • Labor of Love

    The Shepherd’s Table served its annual pre-Thanksgiving dinner Wednesday, feeding 106 people turkey with dressing and gravy, green beans, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie.

        It’s a labor of love. The Shepherd’s table provides free hot lunches to people in Bedford who are in tight financial circumstances.

  • Accidental shooting claims county teen

    An accidental shooting claimed the life of a county teen early Monday evening.

        “We first got the call about 5:22 yesterday evening,” said Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office in a phone interview Tuesday morning.

  • Let the shopping begin

    Dire economic news doesn’t appear to be changing most people’s Christmas shopping plans in this area.

     

        “Overall, the year has been pretty decent,” said Jim Messier, owner of Arthur’s Jewelry.

     

        Messier said that, as Christmas approaches, traffic to his store has been normal. He attributes this to his regular clientele and keeping customers happy.

     

  • Remaining charges dropped against Bedford man

    A Bedford man, acquitted in September on three felony sex offense accounts, won’t face any more trials on the remaining nine charges he faced. He will, however, spend more than three years in prison on a domestic felony assault and battery conviction.