Today's News

  • Jury recommends life sentence for Wesley Earnest

    Though Wesley Earnest had some friends in Chesapeake believing he was a single, multi-millionaire, too rich to work for the FBI, a six-man, six-woman Bedford County jury had its say Monday, convicting him as a first-degree murderer.

  • Falling Creek planting 750 trees this Saturday

          The Bedford County Parks and Recreation Department (BCPRD) will be working with the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF), Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF), members of the BC Agriculture Economic Advisory Board (AEAB) and volunteers, to enhance areas along stream banks and to re-establish areas of habitat for a variety of wildlife at Falling Creek Park.

  • Kiwanis finds a new project

        Bedford’s Kiwanis Club has been looking for a service project ever since Safe Haven, an after school program for disadvantaged children folded.

        According to James Stanley, their goal has been to serve children, so they decided to help Liberty High School. Last week, Stanley presented a check for $2,500 to Mary Branden, the school’s principal. The money represents proceeds from the club’s annual Lobsterfest, held at the Welcome Center in October.

  • Teaching by example

        Children at The Growing Place, a preschool at Bedford Baptist Church, received a lesson in bicycle safety by somebody who they took seriously.

        Officer Shannon Walker, of the Bedford City Police Department’s bicycle patrol, showed up with his bicycle to talk about safety. He stressed the importance of wearing a helmet, and that the children should ride with their parents and not ride in the street.


        “The helmets are a very important part of bicycle safety,” he said.

  • Budget draws few comments

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on the 2010-2011 budget before a virtually empty auditorium at Bedford Science and Technology Center, Monday night.

  • D-Day documentary now available at Welcome Center

    Copies of “Bedford, The Town They Left Behind,”  are now available at the Welcome Center.

        The film was produced by The Johnson Group, a Virginia-based filmmaker that spent a few years poking around Bedford. Their project was a documentary dealing with Bedford’s D-Day connection. Bedford’s National Guard company was part of the first wave of the assault and 19 men from the town were killed within 15 minutes. As a result, Bedford had the highest per-capita loss that day of any locality in America.

  • Man faces first degree murder charge

    Andrew Clay Ottinger was charged with first degree murder in connection with the death of Sean Peter Placko whose body was found floating in the James River last month. Ottinger is being held without bond in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Bedford.

        The new charge follows the arrest of three Waynesboro residents, including Ottinger, on charges of conspiracy to commit first degree murder in connection with the death of the Churchville man who was found March 7.

  • BMH to close birthing unit

    Bedford Memorial Hospital will close its birthing unit on Oct. 1.

        “Basically, it’s declining usage,” said Patti Jurkus, the hospital’s CEO, about the decision. “This is not a decision that ever, ever is made lightly.”

  • Many cuts avoided

    Bedford County escaped the worst of budget cuts for the school system when the General Assembly restored millions of dollars that were proposed to be eliminated from the state funding for the 2010-2011 school year.

        That meant fewer jobs had to be eliminated and no schools had to be closed. That certainly helped ease the pain that could have been felt next year. Instead of losing 124 jobs, the school system will only eliminate half of those. Most of those spots will be handled through attrition and through a retirement incentive, but not all of them.

  • Letters

    Perriello reflects voters

        Though he has received significant bad press locally, notably in letters to the editor by ultra-conservatives, Representative Tom Perriello accurately reflects the sum and substance of voters of the 5th District who put him in office.  Two issues stand out as targets for criticism:  energy and health care.