Today's News

  • Toler to replace Black on school board until election is held in Nov.

    After several hours of closed-session interviews, the Bedford County School Board announced Thursday that it had selected Cheryl Toler of Forest to replace David Black, who resigned his District 3 seat last month because of a job transfer to North Carolina.

  • Bedford's police say 'Goodbye'

    The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office answered calls in Bedford Monday morning.

        This was so that the entire Bedford police department could attend Sergeant Boyd Lee Royer’s funeral held at Memorial Christian Church in Lynchburg. All but the police officers who worked the midnight shift were there. Chief Jim Day said that they had worked all night and needed to get some sleep because they would be back on again at midnight.

  • The government’s view: Officials look at economic recovery

        “We all know that we’ve been through a very tough time,” said Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling as he spoke to a Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce gathering at the Bedford Welcome Center, Monday.

        Bolling noted that, although economists state that the recession ended last year, it doesn’t feel that way to most people.
        “It’s been tough on families,” he said. “It’s had a big impact on government.”

  • Youth have a blast at COP Camp

    The Bedford Police Department’s annual COP Camp once again proved to be a hit with local youth last week. All slots were filled and more children would have attended if the funds had been available to accommodate them.

        The week-long day camp takes place at Bedford Middle School and the Bedford Area YMCA. The goal is to provide opportunities for positive interaction between law enforcement officers and youth. It also teaches the youth some valuable lessons.

  • Living history

    s enrolled in the National D-Day Memorial’s World War II Day Camp last week.  

        The three-day camp allowed the campers to discover what life was like for G.I.s in the war and for civilians on the home front.  Hands-on activities, crafts, living history and “ration” snacks were all part of the three-day experience. 
        The camp was open for students grades 3-6 and this year campers from communities all over the state attended.

  • Separate wind ordinance to be created

    The Bedford County Planning Commission has decided to create a separate wind ordinance.

        The original plan was to incorporate windmill language in the new zoning ordinance that the planning commission is working on, making it a use by right in certain areas. Currently, a landowner wishing to build a wind turbine must go through the special use permit process. The special use permit costs about $2,000.

  • Opportunity provides Japanese teen chance to experience our culture

    Arisa Emoto, of Takarazuka, Japan, has been having a total cultural immersion experience this summer.

        The Japanese 13-year old has been staying with Mary DeWald’s family under an exchange program. Emoto speaks only a little English. Nobody in DeWald’s family speaks Japanese. That’s made it a swim or sink experience. Emoto is swimming.

  • Shifflett enters pleas in embezzlement case

    Deborah Lynn Shifflett, 39, entered no contest pleas Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court to 10 felony embezzlement charges.

        A no contest plea, which has the same effect as a guilty plea, means that she did not contest the evidence against her, knowing that she will be found guilty if the court accepts the evidence, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz. In essence it means that she admits there is enough evidence to convict her.

  • Commentary: An ode to Double Sessions

     A man goes through many rites of passage.

    Each is remarkable in its own way.

  • Doctor of Drive-ology

    It’s certainly not uncommon to find a doctor who enjoys the game of golf.

    It’s not uncommon to find doctor’s in this area who get in their share of duffing.