Today's News

  • Brown makes it official — he’s running

        Sheriff Mike Brown officially announced his candidacy for another term as Bedford County’s sheriff before an audience of more than 100 people who filled the conference room at Central Virginia Community College’s Bedford campus last week. Brown was first elected in 1995.

        Robert Carson, town councilman and chairman of the Bedford Chapter of the NAACP, introduced Brown.

  • Confederate flag group makes donations

        A Bedford County Confederate flag group, called Battle Flag Rally for Freedom, raised money during their rally in the Wall-Mart parking lot earlier this month.

        According to Kelly Bowles, a member of Rally, their group is affiliated with Virginia Flaggers, but they are a separate Bedford County group. Bowles said they collected toys for Toys for Tots and funds for the American Cancer Society and the National Kidney Foundation. Friday, Bowles and Matt Daniels delivered the food they collected to Bedford Christian Ministries.

  • Smooth move: New Habitat House goes up

        Bedford Habitat for Humanity set its newest Habitat house on its foundation in Bedford last week.

        The house has a crawlspace, but this is a state-of-the art crawlspace using pre-cast concrete sections. It is completely sealed from the outside and air from the house’s heating and cooling system circulates through it. This will lower the homeowners’ utility bills and keep the crawl space dry.

  • Club Z! offers tutoring option for local students

    Jennifer Whitt always loved to teach.

        So it is natural when she decided to get back into the work force after raising her children she would return to the education field. Last September she launched her tutoring business, Club Z!, based in Forest.

  • Breaking ground

    Groundbreaking for the Bedford Regional Water Authority’s (BRWA) new water project was held Tuesday morning. The ceremony was held at the intake near the current High Point plant.

        The ceremony included a moment of silence for Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. Gardner was supposed to have been at the ceremony but, instead, is recovering from a gunshot wound she suffered in the Aug. 26 shooting that claimed the lives of two WDBJ journalists.

  • Gardner released from hospital

        Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber Executive Director Vicki Gardner is now home.

        One of three victims of the August 26 shooting at Smith Mountain Lake, she was discharged from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital on Monday.
        Two WDBJ7 television journalists were killed while filming a live segment on the lake’s anniversary with Gardner.
        On the Facebook page, “Vicki’s Recovery Page,” this note was posted:

  • Music teacher sentenced

        A music teacher will serve additional time behind bars for a sexual relationship he had with a minor.

        Luís Roberto Méndez, 43, of Lynchburg, pleaded guilty in February in Bedford Circuit Court to a pair of charges of taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship. The victim was a 17-year-old girl.

  • Woman faces robbery charge

        A second person has been charged in the robbery Aug. 18 at English Meadows Elks Home off Ashland Avenue in Bedford.
        According to Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman, the woman who claimed she was robbed at knifepoint has now been charged in the crime.
        Foreman said Alicyn Marie Updike, 18, has been charged with robbery in which pills and drugs were taken from the Home.

  • Stebbins challenges Brown for Sheriff

        Charles Stebbins is challenging Sheriff Mike Brown for reelection.

        Stebbins, 68, is an Army veteran. He enlisted in the Army in 1966 and is a Vietnam Veteran. He was commissioned as an officer through OCS and became a military police officer. He served a total of 14 years with the Army, four of them on active duty and the rest in the Army Reserve, reaching the rank of major..

  • Never forget

    By Rev. Troy Keaton

        It’s the morning we will never forget.  We will never forget where we were when we heard the news that our incredible community had become the center of the news world.  

        We will never forget the sadness when we learned that two young precious lives were taken so soon. 
        We will never forget the fear and shock we felt when we heard that our own executive director, Vicki Gardner, had also been shot but was thankfully still alive.