Today's News

  • Man indicted for setting fire

        A Bedford man with a history of charges of setting fires has been indicted by a Bedford grand jury for allegedly setting fire to his mother’s home in May.

        The January grand jury returned a total of 41 indictments against 19 different defendants.
        Darrell Bruce Orange, 53, faces an arson charge for a fire at a residence at 1071 Murray Hollow Road in Thaxton. He lived in the residence with his mother. He has been in jail without bond since being arrested.

  • Strong turnout for Bedford MLK Jr. event

    “It's been a great day.”
        That's how Ronnie Miller, president of the Bedford Chapter of the NAACP, summed up Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Walk in Bedford.

        More than 100 people showed up for the march through Centertown and the program that followed at Washington Street Baptist Church.  It  was   one   of   the largest turnouts for the annual celebration in Bedford in years.

  • Bedford woman to represent U.S. at Normandy event

        Sperry Grills, a young Bedford woman, will represent the United States at a special dedication in Normandy in June.

        “This will be my fourth trip to France,” Grills said.

  • New school will be major topic at meeting

        Steps to constructing a new secondary school in the Liberty Zone continue to fall into place, but the biggest question—just what kind of school will be built—still has to be answered.
        Members of the Bedford County School Board are hoping that a meeting next Thursday, Jan. 30, with members of the board of supervisors will bring clarification to that question.

  • Self-published

        Self-publishing has always been a tough road for authors. There are large up-front costs.

        The author has to pay for a press run, then he has to have a place to store the copies of his work, as well as transport them to his storage area. Furthermore, he has to market his work himself.
        George Roland Wills found an easier, less financially risky way to do this.

  • Man sentenced on solicitation charges

    William Ramsey Rogers, 38, of Lynchburg, will spend the next 20 years in prison for sexual solicitation via his computer of a person he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

    He pleaded no contest late last year to four solicitation charges. The charges stemmed from contact with a Internet Crimes Against Children investigator, portraying a 13-year-old girl on the Internet. During these chats, Rogers also used a web camera to expose himself to the investigator and masturbate in front of a person he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

  • Scintillating scholars


    They don't run plays.  Their is no ball involved.  They barely break a sweat, though they exert themselves quite a bit.

    They are Jefferson Forest's Scholastic Bowl team.  And from the uniforms they wear to the camaraderie they share, the crew is every bit a team.

    And their activity is one that falls under the auspices of the VHSL, just as basketball, football and softball do.

  • Eagles flex mat muscle


    By Mike Forster



    Last year, Lord Botetourt and Staunton River tied for the Blue Ridge District wrestling championship.

    So, it's natural to anticipate the two teams would be at the top of the heap this year.

    Well, if last Wednesday was any indicator, there's only room for one at the pinnacle.  And that one wears singlets of black and gold.

  • Sports commentary: A short story for you


    In honor of the Staunton River boys basketball team, I'll keep this column short.

    You're probably thinking two things:  "Thank goodness!" and "What does the Staunton River boys basketball team have to do with you being merciful to us poor readers?"

    Glad I had you thinking that (even if you weren't).

    There's no way to avoid a direct answer here.  The brevity of this column is reflective of the shortness of that particular team.

  • Girls hoops roundup


    Radford University knew what they were getting when they invited Jefferson Forest's Amber Evans to walk onto the team next year.

    The Highlanders knew they were getting a tall player with a nose for the hoop as well as a soft outside shooting touch complemented by fine ball-handling skills.

    What they likely were not attuned to, however, is the senior's toughness.

    That was on display big time during Jefferson Forest's 51-47 loss to Heritage.