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Today's News

  • Man pleads guilty to abduction, assault

    A Moneta man faces at least six years in prison for abducting and assaulting a woman last year.

    Robert Edward Bignall, 31, of Moneta pleaded guilty Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court to abduction and malicious wounding charges. The abduction charge carries a sentence of between one and 10 years and the malicious wounding charge carries five to 20 years.

    According to Commonwealth's Attorney Randy Krantz, Bignall had an on-again, off-again relationship with the victim and had been staying in her home for a week prior to the incident that brought him to court.

  • Charges will go to grand jury in August

    Charges against a Stuarts Draft man for abducting a 59-year-old Bedford County woman were certified to the grand jury during a hearing in General District Court last Friday.

    Daniel Bruce Largin, 62, faces charges of abduction with the intent to defile and breaking and entering with the intent to commit rape from an alleged incident that took place May 20. If convicted, he could face from 20 years to life on each charge.

    Largin also faces a felony charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle from a prior alleged incident.

  • Religious assembly report goes to planning commission

    The planning commission got its first look at a report with recommendations designed to make sure the county's zoning ordinance does not interfere with churches' right to worship.

    This became an issue in 2006 when the Cowboy Church began meeting on a farm in Moneta. The Cowboy Church holds worship on Thursday nights in facilities that are not normally used for religious worship. The idea is to reach people who would not normally go to a church. The Cowboy Church was meeting in a barn normally used as part of a horse auction facility.

  • Some classes may be combined

    Close to 40 classes at Bedford County high schools have fewer than 15 students, and the decision to approve those classes for the upcoming year will be left with School Superintendent Dr. James Blevins.

    The Bedford County School Board, during its meeting Thursday, gave Blevins that responsibility after failing in its own vote to approve the classes. Any high school classes with less than 15 students must be approved by the school board for the upcoming school year.

  • Study will help show future school needs

    A study to be conducted over the next six months may give the Bedford County School Board a better idea of what facilities the county will need in the future to educate its students.

    At last Thursday's meeting, the school board approved $35,000 to hire M. B. Kahn of Roanoke to conduct the study of the system's current facilities and what projects might be needed in the years ahead. A demographic study will help project school enrollment over the next decade.

  • Local contractor helps Bedford Museum spruce up

    A contractor has concluded several weeks of work to make the Bedford Museum present a prettier face to the public.

    "This job has been 80 percent prep," noted Ivan Kirby, owner of Kirby Custom Painters, of Lynchburg. Kirby said he has been in business for 18 years.

    He and Kenneth Burdette, who has worked for Kirby for 10 years, had to go over the window sills three times to seal the 110 year old wood. Kirby said that he found 2-inch gaps in them.

  • Gosnell leaving Bedford County School System

    Victor M. Gosnell has helped Bedford County Public Schools go from having little technology in the school division to being looked at as a leader in the area across the commonwealth.

    Beginning next week, he'll be taking his know-how to another area educational institution ? Randolph College in Lynchburg ? as the school's Chief Information Officer

  • Further action to rein in energy speculation needed

    In recent months, we have heard about speculators being one of the things that has driven up the price of oil on the world market, resulting in higher gasoline prices in the United States. To address unbridled speculation, the House of Representatives has passed a bill called the Energy Markets Emergency Act. This bill passed 402-to-19; I voted for it.

  • Letters

    Understanding domestic

    violence

    For the past seven years I have been an advocate for domestic violence services and I have been in awe of the outstanding community support given to the domestic violence services by churches, businesses, law enforcement and the people of Bedford City and Bedford County. I believe the stories of how the staff of BDVS and the community of Bedford as well as surrounding communities have helped women and their children need to be told.

  • What I saw in Iraq and Afghanistan

    Recently I was privileged to once again be a part of a congressional delegation to Iraq and Afghanistan to see firsthand the effort being made in the war on terrorism, to meet with members of the U.S. Armed Services serving in that troubled part of the world, and to ask tough questions of our military and civilian leaders about the progress being made. I returned with an even greater appreciation for the job they are doing and with optimism about our prospects for success and our ability to bring more troops home soon.