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Today's News

  • 3 charged in teen's murder

    Three men charged with second degree murder in connection with the March 27 death of a Lynchburg teenager, whose body was found in Bedford County, are undocumented Salvadoran illegal immigrants with ties to the notorious MS-13 gang, Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown announced Friday.

  • Boxwood Blight – a new disease present in Virginia

    By Scott M. Baker
    Extension Agent, Agriculture

        Boxwood blight (also known as box blight) is a serious fungal disease of boxwood that results in defoliation and decline of susceptible boxwood.  It has been identified in Bedford and we are raising awareness in an effort to minimize its impact. 

  • A canary in the coalmine?

    By  James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida

        Could the terrorist attack on British Parliament be a cultural canary-in-the-coal-mine for us?  Will the London attacker who repeatedly plunged a knife into a policeman guarding Westminster be celebrated by some Brits as a modern-day Guy Fawkes?

  • Trump clobbered on health care bill

        For a man who imagines himself to be as “tough” as Donald Trump, he sure caved real fast on health care, didn’t he? What was that all about?
        Republicans spent nearly eight years demonizing the Affordable Care Act, obsessing over repealing “The Great Evil Of Our Time,” as I suggest they think of it. There had been no greater priority than beating back the horrors of this awful, communistic law.

  • Reliable allies

        The United States has a bad track record of leaving allies to hang out and dry. We did that with South Vietnam when North Vietnam unified the country by force after we withdrew combat troops.

  • Big Island VFD holds awards dinner

         Although the Big Island Volunteer Fire Department has been around since 1951, its awards banquet is a relatively recent event.

        The department has only been holding it for a few years. It grew out of a much older event, the ladies appreciation night. This was an event to thank wives for letting their husbands get out of bed at 3 a.m. to go put out a fire.
        “I’ll be back in a little bit and it’s eight hours later,” commented Deputy Chief Clint Dudley.

  • Online business moves into Centertown location

    A lot of businesses started out in a physical location and later moved to the Internet.

  • Bedford Lifesaving Crew dissolves

        After 74 years, the Bedford Lifesaving Crew has dissolved itself.
        On Monday night, representatives of the crew presented a resolution to the supervisors, which the supervisors unanimously accepted, turning over all of crew’s property and equipment to the county.

  • Update: Arrests made in death of teen found deceased on road

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  • Update: Lockdown lifted at five Bedford County schools

    The lockdown of five Bedford County schools that were placed on lockdown this morning has been lifted, according to Bedford County Public Schools.

    The schools had been placed on lock down while a law enforcement investigation was taking place in the Forest Zone.

    Forest Elementary, Thomas Jefferson Elementary, Otter River Elementary, Forest Middle School and Jefferson Forest High were the schools on lock down.