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Today's News

  • Woman found in car identified

    The person found dead in a burned car off Ole Turnpike Road July 23 has been identified.

    According to Bedford City Police, the victim was Benita Donnella Woods, 37, of Lynchburg. Woods died of smoke inhalation after the vehicle caught fire, probably after the car's catalytic converter came in contact with brush where it came to rest after leaving the road.

  • Teens arrested for vandalism at church

    Two county teens have been charged with vandalizing St. John the Baptist Church in New London.

    The vandalism occurred in the predawn hours of July 17 and was discovered by one of the church's deacons a few hours later. The vandals had taken some partially empty cans of paint from a storage shed behind the church and painted "666" and an upside down cross on the back of the church.

  • Youth group outing turns tragic

    The swimming beach at Smith Mountain Lake State Park recorded its first drowning in its 19-year history, Thursday.

    According to Officer A. R. Davis, a ranger at the park, the youth group of Sycamore Baptist Church, of Gretna, was having an outing at the beach when Marvin Strickland Jr., a 12-year-old, was reported missing, at 2:45. The youth group's director was told that Strickland had been missing for 15 minutes and another child reported that he had been last seen in the swim area.

  • Letters

    Wake Up Bedford

    For over three months, a committee from Bedford City Council has been meeting with a committee from the Board of Supervisors, behind closed doors, discussing whether the city of Bedford, after 40 years, should revert back to a town.

    There are advantages and disadvantages. It may be a good thing but we will not know until all the facts are in and presented to the citizens at a public hearing.

  • Providing for our military and our veterans

    America’s veterans have engaged in one of the noblest forms of public service: defending our nation. These brave, patriotic men and women have helped to liberate victims of oppression, spread democracy across the world and preserve the freedoms our nation was built upon. They have served on aircraft carriers in distant oceans, kept the peace on volatile borders, and patrolled the skies of international hot spots. Theirs is a service marked by humility and born of a love of country.

  • Bill would have provided better oversight of commodities trading

    The Commodity Markets Transparency and Accountability Act received a majority vote in the House of Representatives, but it failed to pass, because it was brought up on what is known as the suspension calendar. A bill brought up on suspension must have a two-thirds majority to pass. I voted for the bill and hope that it will be brought back as a regular order of business.

  • Victim in car identified

    The person found dead in a burned car off Ole Turnpike Road has been identified.

    According to Bedford City Police, the victim was identified as Benita Donnella Woods, 37, of Lynchburg. Woods died of smoke inhalation after the vehicle caught fire, probably after the car's catalytic converter came in contact with brush where it came to rest after leaving the road.

    The results of a toxicology report are still pending.

  • SRHS Alum Sigmon on Salem fight card

    An eight-bout boxing card this Friday evening will feature some local talent, as Scott Sigmon will take to the ring in a light heavyweight bout.

    Sigmon, a graduate of Staunton River High School, will go up against Daniel Shull in a fight on the undercard of the Andrew Farmer-Cesar Vega light welterweight fight.

    This will be Sigmon’s third pro bout, having split his first two fights. Shull will be battling for the fifth time.

  • Commentary: NFL shooting self in foot

    Meet the new NFL. It is the old NBA.

    The National Football League seems destined to wind up as the NBA did a decade ago: unloved because of coddled bad characters. Let’s take a little peek at history. The NBA thrived during the Magic-Larry-Michael years. It had rich, national television contracts with the likes of NBC.

  • Drug abuse: A cause for concern, a cause for prayer

    The Bedford Christian fellowship wishes everyone in our community to recognize that drug abuse remains a serious problem in Bedford and across the nation.

    The local statistics are eye-opening. The 2004 Bedford City/County Youth Survey Report showed 12.1 percent of Bedford County Public School District students used marijuana and another 7.6 percent used other illegal drugs. By the time they reached 12th grade, 44.8 percent of Bedford County Public School students had tried marijuana and 7.6 percent had tried cocaine. Over 21 percent of 8th graders have tried inhalants.