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Today's News

  • Boy pleads guilty to assaulting young girls

    A 15-year-old Bedford teenager pleaded no contest last week to four counts of aggravated sexual battery.

    Joshua Lovell, who was 14 at the time of the offenses, entered the pleas in Bedford County Circuit Court Tuesday. At the defense lawyer's request, Judge James Updike deferred adjudication of the case until Lovell's sentencing, scheduled for Feb. 19.

  • Descendants of Forbes family visit Big Otter/Forbes Mill

    On Sunday, Oct. 14, about 50 of the descendants of the Forbes family, builders of the Big Otter/Forbes Mill, returned to the mill for a tour of the structure and the grounds.

    Reed Forbes and his sons, especially John William Forbes, Sr., built the mill in 1919 to 1920 to replace their mill which had burned to the ground in 1917. There have been different types of mills on this site for more than 200 years.

  • Bulletin Web site under construction

    If you happen to frequent the Web, you may have noticed a new look to the Bedford Bulletin's Web site.

    And you might have also noticed not everything's quite yet working right.

    The Bulletin?s Web site will remain ?under construction? while it is converted to accommodate new features and positioning of content.

    Changes will be phased in during the coming weeks. Some features and links may temporarily be out of service while the changeover takes place.

  • Rocco steps down at Staunton River

    Staunton River head football coach Dave Rocco resigned last week, following the Golden Eagles? 0-10 finish.

    ?He made it official just before Thanksgiving,? said Staunton River Athletic Director Ricky Falls. ?It was his decision. No one forced him out.? Falls also noted that Rocco did not resign his teaching position at the school.

    Rocco seemed at ease with his decision. ?I felt it was time to move on and give someone else a shot,? he said. ?It was a rough year.?

  • Firemen extinguish pooch's hopes

    +?+??ord Volunteer Fire Department reigned victorious in this year?s college football forecasting contest. The Bravest beat Chunky, the Yellow Lab, by a single-game margin. The pooch was charging hard at the end, but just couldn?t overcome the gap the Bravest had built early in the season.

  • The Army-Navy game non-analysis

    This weekend we will be treated, once again, to the grandeur and sheer joy that is the Army-Navy football match. A game that has held no meaning to the national championship for half a century, the game still evokes a great amount of interest for two schools that very much merit the support.

  • Eagles are District co-favorites; Lady Cavs and Minettes building

    The girls? basketball scene should be a lively one this year. While returning Seminole champion Brookville brings back a lot of talent, it appears that Staunton River is poised to give the Bees a run for their money. The Eagles look loaded with talent and may be poised to peak at the absolute right time. Meanwhile, Jefferson Forest is a year older and a year wiser. If the team can crack the code on scoring, it has a shot at cracking the top three of the District.

  • Liberty should be in thick of hunt while Forest, River have questions

    The three Bedford County boys? basketball teams enter the season with a wide variance in what they bring to the table.

    In a nutshell, Liberty looks as though it will be one of the powerhouse teams of the Seminole District, featuring some of the marquee talent in the league. Forest will aim to build off the surprisingly good season it had last year. Staunton River looks to be in a rebuilding mode, having graduated all five of last season?s starters.

  • A woman for president

    Living in Virginia as I do, I?m never surprised to see a good ?ole boy in a pick-up truck in front of me in traffic. It comes with the territory, right?

    But this one had a bumper sticker with a picture of one of my favorite Democrats, Hillary Rodham Clinton, on it. About to break into a smile at the thought of the person I support for president, I then had to read the accompanying text.

  • More than a weekend out with the boys

    We billed this as "The Boys Weekend Out."

    It started rather simply, I wanted to take my three sons (ages 15, 12 and 7) to a Charlotte Bobcats game. As I perused the schedule the Nov. 24 date against the Boston Celtics stood out. I quickly ordered four tickets online, believing that the game would be a big draw, with Boston now the best team in the league.

    Then, a couple of days later, another thought struck me. "I wonder if the Panthers are in town that weekend?" I asked.

    Sure enough, the Saints were traveling to Charlotte for an NFL showdown with Carolina.