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Today's News

  • When the call comes in, volunteers are there to answer the call

    Volunteers make a difference.

    You didn't have to look far this week to see that truth.

    All across the county, volunteers took their place on the line to help protect homes and to help out their community as the weather caused numerous problems for the area.

    High wind, coupled with a low relative humidity, provided the spark needed to ignite fires all over the county this past weekend. On Sunday at least 11 fires had been reported, several of significant consequence. The high winds had also left some without power.

    Volunteers stepped in to stand in the gap.

  • Letters

    I don't usually read John Barnhart's column - his use of quotes around the word Democratic leads me to believe that the only way he can get his point across is to ridicule his opponents, a poor debate tactic at best, sophomoric writing technique at worst. But for some reason, seeing the words "John McCain" and "pro-life" in his Feb. 6, 2008, column made me read it.

  • Invest in the infrastructure to stimulate the economy

    It is imperative that Congress and the President act swiftly to prepare and implement an economic stimulus package aimed at easing the hardships that less fortunate Americans are now experiencing. These priorities—which should include funding for a heating assistance program for low-income households; an immediate, refundable rebate for low- and middle-income families; and federal assistance to the states to assist them in financing Medicaid—will help to stimulate the economy and provide aid to millions of hard working Americans

  • Making the Do Not Call Registry permanent

    Five years ago the House and Senate came together in a bipartisan fashion to pass the Do Not Call Implementation Act. This important legislation created the Do Not Call Registry and made it illegal for commercial telemarketers to call an individual listed on the registry.

  • County joins city in giving OK to Oakwood Villas project

    Bedford County's board of supervisors cleared the way for the controversial Oakwood Villas Townhomes project by a 4-3 vote.

    Oakwood Villas is a condominium project which, its developers say, will be aimed at retirees or empty nesters who plan to downsize to a smaller home. The development straddles the Bedford city/county line near Bedford Memorial Hospital. Most of it is in the city but 10 acres of it lies in the county. The land was zoned R-1 (low density residential).

  • Fire burns more than 1,000 acres in Montvale area

    High winds helped fan the flames of numerous fires in Bedford County this weekend.

    For the second time in two years, the Montvale area saw more than 1,000 acres of land involved in a wildland fire that threatened homes in the area and forced evacuations of area residents.

    Doug Eggleston, emergency services director of the Historic Virginia Chapter of the American Red Cross, said he was contacted about 9 a.m. Sunday about the need to set up an evacuation shelter in the Montvale area. He said at that time it was thought that as many as 200 people might need help.

  • Defense asks for mental evaluation

    A mental evaluation will determine whether a man accused of holding a Bedford County woman hostage for more than 36 hours and assaulting her will be competent to stand trial on the charges.

    George Leroy Keaton Jr., 30, of Vinton, is charged with one count of malicious wounding, rape and abduction with the intent to defile and three counts of forcible sodomy in connection with the case. The evaluation was ordered during a hearing in Bedford County General District Court Monday.

  • Staunton River Middle School student works as House page

    Julia Goad, a seventh grader at Staunton River Middle School, is getting a special civics lesson this winter.

    She was selected as a page in the House of Delegates during this year's General Assembly. Her mother, Michele Goad, takes her to Richmond every Sunday and she stays there, in Richmond's Omni Hotel, with the other pages during the week. She comes home Friday evenings.

  • Investigation leads to closing of Wakefield Inn

    The Bedford County Sheriff?s Office with the assistance of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control conducted a five month long joint investigation involving criminal charges against designated managers of ABC licensed businesses in Bedford County.

    The investigation led to numerous criminal indictments against ABC managers at the Sky Mart Store located at 7865 Jordontown Road, Vinton, and the Wakefield Inn located at 10190 Stewartsville Road, Vinton.

  • Cases advance

    A continuance was granted Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court in the case against a Moneta man accused of holding a woman as a prisoner at her Bedford County home last February.

    Robert Edward Bignall, 41, is charged with robbery, abduction and malicious wounding in the incident which allegedly occurred on Feb. 27, 2007.

    According to Commonwealth's Attorney Randy Krantz, the victim claims Bignall tied her up, assaulted her and stole her vehicle, and then fled to North Carolina. The victim was able to free herself and call 911, Krantz said.