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Today's News

  • Hernandez scheduled for plea

        Originally facing a jury trial set for this week in connection with the killing of 17-year-old Raymond Wood in March 2017, Juan Martin Hernandez is now scheduled for a plea on Aug. 16, 1:30 p.m. in Bedford Circuit Court.
        Hernandez made a quick appearance in Circuit Court Tuesday as another jury trial was in recess.  At that time Hernandez’s attorney requested a continuance on his motion.  The continuance was granted by the court and the case was reset for August 16. 

  • Pump catches fire

        No injuries were reported from a fire that erupted Monday at the Shell Station on Longwood Avenue in Bedford.

        On Monday, officers with the Bedford Police Department and from emergency services responded to the Shell Station when a call went out that a car had struck a gas pump, igniting the fire.

  • Bedford Police Department to carry magazines honoring 'Bedford Boy'

        When Lisa Dishman learned that the Bedford Police Department was looking for bids to replace its patrol rifle magazines, she had the ultimate offer: to donate the magazines without any charge from her business.

        The reason Dishman was willing to do this was because of her ties to the Bedford community. She grew up in Lynchburg and her family was from the area. And her mom was a cousin to Staff Sgt. Gordon Henry White Jr., one of the Bedford Boys who was killed during the Normandy invasion on D-Day.

  • Bedford Police Department to carry magazines honoring 'Bedford Boy."

        When Lisa Dishman learned that the Bedford Police Department was looking for bids to replace its patrol rifle magazines, she had the ultimate offer: to donate the magazines without any charge from her business.
        The reason Dishman was willing to do this was because of her ties to the Bedford community. She grew up in Lynchburg and her family was from the area. And her mom was a cousin to Staff Sgt. Gordon Henry White Jr., one of the Bedford Boys who was killed during the Normandy invasion on D-Day.

  • ‘A racist…a con man…a cheat’

        Attorney Michael Cohen’s testimony before Congress last week marked the first time that a close former associate of President Deeply Corrupt volunteered to speak to the nation about his work for the most contemptible president we’ve ever witnessed.
        Remember that Cohen was someone who once said that he’d “take a bullet” for Donald Trump. But facing both prison and the condemnation of history, Cohen had a “come to Jesus” moment, if you will.

  • ‘Democrats’ should beware

        President Donald Trump’s approval rating in the most recent Rasmussen Poll, as of this writing, is holding at 47 percent. As has been true for the last year or so, President Trump’s approval rating has paralleled that of Barack Obama at the same point in his first term.

  • Faith, hope and pluck

    By James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida

        The free exercise of religion is the rock upon which America was built.  But it was the free exercise of ambition which did the building.
        Ambition took tiny Burt Perrine—he stood 5’7”—from Indiana to Idaho in 1881.  A small man with big ideas, Burt invested his money in milk cows, selling fresh milk to copper mining communities.  His travels took him to the rim of the Snake River canyon.   

  • Town to seek grant

        When Bedford Town Council met last week, Town Manager Bart Warner announced his intention to apply for a redevelopment grant for Bedford Middle School.
        Warner said that, if the town’s application is successful, it could get as much as $600,000. Warner said there would be a local match required, but applying for the grant does not obligate the town to spend any money.

  • Danville man convicted for Bedford robbery

         A Danville man was convicted last week following a three-day jury trial of committing seven robberies and other charges related to numerous armed robberies of businesses in Danville, Bedford and Rocky Mount, Virginia and in Prospect Hill, North Carolina.
        United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen made the announcement as part of the Western District of Virginia’s ongoing Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative to reduce violent crime.

  • Missing woman found dead in stream

        Though harsh weather hindered the search for the 83-year-old Bedford County woman who went missing Feb. 22, she was eventually found last Wednesday in a stream near her home.