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Today's News

  • Remembering Lacey

        August 26 turned out to be a sad day. I was checking out Facebook and I started seeing posts about Lacey Putney’s death. He had died that morning.
        I knew he was in seriously bad health. I would run into his brother, Macon, almost every week and ask “How is Lacey?” The news since early this year was never good, so I wasn’t surprised. Still, the news was distressing and it left me in a gloomy mood for several days.

  • Tour helps young adults consider law enforcement

        Ten young adults came with the Old Dominion Job Corps Center to visit the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office last week. The purpose was to present law enforcement to them as a possible career.

        Captain Tim Hayden and Captain Mike Miller spoke to the group. Miller is in charge of the operations division and Hayden heads up the community division. Both men have been with the Sheriff’s Office for 32 years.

  • Two Bedford teens face more charges

    Two Bedford teenagers are facing additional charges for property damage incidents that occurred in February.
        William A. Bailey, 18, of Bedford, is currently facing 22 charges in General District Court. The most recent charges, for which he was charged on Aug. 26, are for incidents that occurred on the north side of Bedford County.
        Those charges include:

  • RI man to spend 15 years in prison for child porn convictions

        A 45-year-old Rhode Island man, who contacted a local 11-year-old autistic girl through the Internet, will spend 15 years in prison on four child porn charges.
        Paulo B. Tomas, of Cumberland, Rhode Island, was arrested in January by Rhode Island State Police. The charges were related to a child sexual exploitation investigation in Bedford County.

  • A visit from Ivybridge

    Ray Wilson, the former mayor of Ivybridge, stopped by the National D-Day Memorial, Friday.

         Ivybridge is a small town in Southern England that was frequented by the Bedford Boys during the two years they spent training in England prior to D-Day. The town gets its name from an ivy-covered 13th century bridge in the town.
        Friday morning was cool and wet and it was suggested that D-Day Memorial staff — they denied it — had arranged the weather to make Wilson feel at home.

  • Bedford’s Walmart completes renovations

        Twenty-eight years ago Hilda Witt found herself looking for a new job when the store she worked for, Maxway, closed.

  • Friends of Mill to build pavilion

        The Friends of Big Otter Mill broke ground on a new permanent pavilion at the Big Otter Mill site on Thursday, August 24.

        Big Otter Mill Board of Directors members Stan Bennett, Sheldon Cash, Nicole Johnson, Kristy Milton and Tom Richardson participated in the ground-breaking ceremony.

  • Bedford's Confederate memorials

    Bedford, like many Southern towns, has a Confederate memorial. Actually, the town has two. The best known is a granite obelisk that stands in front of the courthouse.

  • Virginia’s heat climbs while its leaders nap

    By Stephen Nash

        Let’s say you’re inclined to think that the whole climate-change conversation is, okay, overheated. It’s a swelter out there, but so what? It’s late summer n Virginia, right? Give me a minute, just the same,  to make the case that it’s way past time to get a lot more serious about Virginia’s climate future. 

  • Restore America’s ideals

    By Clay Chastain
    Bedford

        A minuscule number of terrorists are wreaking havoc upon the world while American-born radical extremist groups (and individuals) try to follow suit here at home.