Today's News

  • Local Navy SEAL writes book on leadership

        Ed Hiner grew up in Montvale and graduated from Liberty High School in 1986.

  • The case is cold no longer

        For 40 years the parents of Sheila and Katherine Lyon have been longing to know what happened to their daughters.

        They’ve had to live with that uncertainty since the two sisters went missing from a shopping mall in Wheaton, Maryland, in March 1975.

  • Council OKs electric cost adjustment

        Bedford’s town council adopted a new method of passing on power cost adjustments to its customers.
        According to Councilman Tim Black, the town’s electric department will go to a variable cost adjustment method which will smooth out power costs. A study on the town’s electric department recommended the change.
        Town Manager Charles Kolakowski said the adjustment factor will be done monthly and calculated over a rolling six-month period based on actual costs to provide electricity to customers.

  • Bedford man charged with aggravated sexual battery

        A 66-year-old Bedford man has been charged with aggravated sexual battery following a June 27 incident investigated by the Bedford Police Department.
        Lewis William Hall, who lives in the Pinecrest Apartments, was arrested after police investigated a complaint.
        When police arrived to investigate a dispute, an intoxicated female told officers that someone had been on top of her, having non-consensual sex with her while she had been asleep, according to Chief Todd Foreman of the Bedford Police Department.

  • Mowles is new deputy chief of Fire and Rescue

        Seth Mowles is now Bedford County’s Deputy Chief of Fire and Rescue.

        Mowles replaces Marci Stone who left last year to take a job in Roanoke. Mowles was sworn in Friday.

  • Thrift Store helps Rwandan missions effort

        Nancy Strachan, president of Rwandan HUGS, is a bit frustrated. The ministry has had a thrift store on North Bridge Street for two years, but visibility is a bit low.

        “My goal is to get more customers,” Strachan said.

  • Top Gun graduate sentenced to 50 years in prison on child porn charges

    Investigators first linked the naval officer and Top Gun graduate to a 14-year-old girl from Bedford County who sent him a topless selfie – only to be threatened with public humiliation if she refused more explicit instructions.

        Then, federal agents said, they tied Lt. Daniel Chase Harris to eight other girls across the country and in Japan who experienced similar horrors.
        But Harris’ case didn’t end there. While awaiting trial, he used a false name to draft a letter claiming he had been framed.

  • Horse & Hound Fest

        In spite of threatening weather, 3,500 people turned out for the Horse and Hound Wine Festival, held Saturday. Two animal-related organizations, new to the festival, had booths this year.

        One came all the way from San Angelo, Texas. Mark and Amy Meyers, who founded Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, brought Leo and Halo to draw people to their booth. Their organization rescues abused, neglected and abandoned donkeys and finds homes for them. They have volunteer ranches, that partner with them, all over the country; two are in Virginia.

  • Judge won't issue injunction

        On Wednesday they gathered under what has become their tree, their meeting place – their safe haven.

  • Maybe there’s enough

        “It’s not as much money as we expected but it’s certainly a doable amount,” Bill Cram, an M. B. Kahn representative told the school board at a special called meeting last week.
        Kahn is the company the school board hired to oversee the construction of the new middle school in the Liberty attendance zone.