Today's News

  • Board hears from the public on racism issue

        Several speakers asked the Bedford County School Board Thursday night to ban students from any form of display of the Confederate flag while on school grounds. The School Board, however, delayed any action, calling for community meetings to be held to address the issue.
        Only School Board member Dr. John Hicks said Thursday he was definitely for banning divisive symbols such as the flag from school premises.

  • Hayden to run as independent for sheriff

    Nearly 200 people turned out for Captain Tim Hayden’s announcement, last week, that he plans to run as an independent for sheriff.

        Because Hayden is running as an independent, whoever wins the Republican Primary in June will face him in the November general election.
        Hayden noted that his candidacy is historic. He’s the first black candidate ever to run for sheriff. If elected he would be Bedford County’s first black sheriff in its history, a history that goes back more than 260 years.

  • Warner visits Booker T. Washington National Monument

        United States Senator Mark Warner, D-Virginia, made a stop at Booker T. Washington National Monument last week.

        The national monument preserves 207 acres of the tobacco farm where Washington was born as a slave in 1856 and lived until all slaves in Virginia were freed in 1865. Washington founded Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and went on to achieve national recognition. The national monument is located in Franklin County, just south of Smith Mountain Lake.

  • Program helps disabled residents be productive

        A group called Growth Through Opportunity has teamed up with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office to help some residents with disabilities become productive citizens.

        Didi Zaryczny, who is working with the program, said she is excited to see it come to Bedford County. It means that local residents don’t have to go to Lynchburg or Roanoke for the services.
        “That’s why I was excited when it came to Bedford County,” she said.

  • The origins of Johnny Reb propaganda

        One of the by-products of the “blackface scandal” that has plagued Gov. Ralph Northam are the questions many have had about how any white person, even back in the 1980s, could have thought it was okay to do that.
         But we’re talking about white people brought up in a state that belonged to the Confederacy, and the generations of propaganda that has been passed down in those states.

  • Unpleasant surprise for ‘Democrats’

        “Democrats” got an unpleasant surprise at the beginning of last week.

  • Council discusses golf carts on town streets

    Bedford Town Council discussed an ordinance that would allow electric or gas powered golf carts on town streets. The ordinance would limit them to streets with a 25 mph speed limit.

  • Hawkins enters pleas in computer solicitation case


    A former paid paramedic with Bedford County Fire and Rescue pleaded no contest in Bedford Circuit Court Tuesday to one felony count of computer solicitation and one count of misdemeanor assault and battery.

                Larry Scott Hawkins, 53, of Montvale entered the pleas in connection with a case that dates back to just over a year ago involving two girls who were 17 years old at the time of the offenses.

  • Rodas to serve 55 years in prison


    Friday’s sentencing hearing was the tale of two mothers.

  • Robey to seek GOP nod for sheriff

    Kent Roby has joined Captain Mike Miller in seeking the Republican nomination for sheriff. The nomination will be decided by a primary on June 11.

                Robey is a Bedford native and a 1981 graduate of Liberty High School. He grew up attending Trinity Baptist Church but later joined Bedford Baptist Church where he is currently a member. He holds a master's degree, from Liberty University, in criminal justice and public administration.