Local News

  • No jail time in animal cruelty case

    A Bedford County man won’t spend any time in jail after pleading guilty last week to 11 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.

         Gary Chisom, 52, received a six month suspended sentence on each charge for a total of five years, six months. During that time Chisom, according to the plea agreement, cannot own any agricultural animals.

  • R.I. man indicted by grand jury

    A Rhode Island man accused of traveling to Bedford County to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex was indicted on five felony charges by a Bedford County grand jury last week.

        Andrew Fitzgerald Holloway, 22, of 774 West Shore Road, Warwick, R.I., faces three charges of unlawful carnal knowledge, a Class IV felony, and two counts of computer solicitation of a female under the age of 15 years old for the purpose of soliciting carnal knowledge, a Class IV felony.

  • Operation Medicine Cabinet

    Home Instead Senior Care, Bedford Memorial Hospital, and the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office are teaming up for the second time to help people get rid of expired and unused medicine. It’s called Operation Medicine Cabinet. The first time it was held was in June and, according to Brenda Dixon of Home Instead, they collected 49 pounds of medicine ranging from prescription drugs to over-the-counter medicine.

        “It’s a great prevention project,” said Sgt. David Marsh, of the Sheriff’s Office.

  • Friends, family say goodbye to area teens

    Last Monday Heidi Childs was on the Virginia Tech campus passing out popsicles to as many students she could find.

        “Heidi was so excited about popsicles because it was a way she could show the love of Christ for others,” stated Jeff Highfield, director of Campus Crusade for Christ at Virginia Tech. Just one week later, hundreds of family and friends gathered at Heritage Baptist Church in Lynchburg to eulogize her and David Metzler, both who were killed in the Caldwell Fields area of Jefferson National Forest last week.

  • Assessment team spends time at D-Day Memorial

    A team from the National Park Service concluded a site visit at the National D-Day Memorial Wednesday. The results of that visit could determine the future of the Memorial.

  • Gym at Primary School put on hold again

    Any decision on building a gymnasium for students at Bedford Primary School will remain on hold until after the Bedford County School Board comes up with a long-term facilities construction plan.

        The first step towards developing that plan will take place during a work session scheduled for Sept.17 at 6 p.m. in the School Board Office Conference Room.

  • Putney predicts: Budget woes to get worse

        Virginia is facing a $1.5 billion revenue shortfall in its two year budget.

        The Commonwealth budgets on a two-year cycle. On even numbered years, the General Assembly meets in a long session to adopt a budget. On odd numbered years, it convenes in a short session to tweak the budget. In the meantime, the governor can make cuts if state revenue fails to meet expectations.

  • History teachers meet history makers

        A group of Virginia history teachers got a chance recently to meet some men who made the history that they teach.

  • Goff elected to state office with FFA

    Elizabeth Goff  was recently elected Southside Area Vice President of the Virginia State FFA

        “This is a huge honor for her that carries a lot of perks as well as a tremendous amount of responsibility,” stated Lindsay Tomlinson,  Ag/FFA at Liberty High School.

        Goff was nominated and elected at the 83rd Annual Virginia State FFA Convention, held in Blacksburg June 22-25 after a grueling series of interviews. Goff graduated from LHS this past year as part of the Early College Program at CVCC.

  • Both the city of Bedford and Bedford County are facing some tough circumstances, but not all is bad according to District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek and Bedford Mayor Skip Tharp. The two spoke at the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Town Hall, held at Central Virginia Community College’s Bedford facility.

        The good news is that local unemployment is substantially lower than the national average. Cheek told the audience that the county’s unemployment rate has hovered between 5.6 percent and 5.9 percent.