Today's News

  • It's finally time: Earnest trial set for March 23

    After more than two years since his arrest, the first-degree murder trial against Wesley Brian Earnest is set to begin in less than three weeks. On Tuesday, Earnest was in court for a hearing on several pre-trial motions, including one regarding a 2005 journal entry written by his wife who he is  accused of killing in December 2007.

  • Lock, stock and barrel

    Liberty returned to Bedford Friday night with a haul of goodies from their trip to Amherst.

    Regular season championship trophy?  Check.

  • Tyree nabs third at State wrestling

    A County contingent of 11 wrestlers made the trip to the State championship, in Salem, last weekend.

  • Commentary: Questions about Pay to Play

      I have spoken with quite a few people about what is going on with the school budget and its likely implications to the local preps sports scene.

  • Forest swims up a storm

    Jefferson Forest has the best male 100 freestyle swimmer in Carter Watson.

    Jefferson Forest has the best female 100 freestyle swimmer in Susanna White.

  • Black ties and blue jeans

    The Bedford Community Health Foundation chose an unusual format for its annual awards event.

        It was a gala, held at the Elks National Home, with suggested attire consisting of black tie and tuxedo coats combined with blue jeans. It also included what Health Foundation members say is a historic event — Michael Cross wearing blue jeans. Cross, the foundation’s director of development, does not like jeans.

  • Water line project moves ahead

    The city of Bedford has awarded a contract for the extension of the 460 West water line. The hope is that the project will spur commercial development in the revenue sharing zone west of the city.

        The winning bid for the project was $316,000 by George E. Jones and Sons. The bids had ranged from that winning bid up to $423,000.

        City Manager Charles Kolakowski said developers like to know that the utility service is in place prior to committing to a project. 

  • Going for the green

    Eddie Lotts is excited about this year’s Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) shamrock fundraiser. Lotts is manager of the Apple Market in Bedford.

        The annual fundraiser generated money to send youth with muscular dystrophy to a summer camp. The camp is specifically for children with this problem. This means that everything is geared toward accommodating their needs and, as Lotts points out, nobody is going to make fun of anybody.

  • Planning commission gives thumbs up to sewage plant

    The Bedford County Planning Commission gave a reluctant thumbs up to a private sewage plant near Smith Mountain Lake.

        The plant would be built by ACS Design, of Roanoke, for John Buday, a developer. The plant would serve a 275-residential unit subdivision. The 98-acre property is located on Harbor Heights Road, off Smith Mountain Lake Parkway.

  • School raises funds for Haiti

    The project at Otter River Elementary School that raised $1,642.59 for relief efforts in Haiti was the brain child of a student.