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Today's News

  • He was in the photo before he wasn’t

        Embattled Virginia Governor Ralph Northam was in the photo before he wasn’t.
        At least that’s the story he’s sticking too.
    The photo in question was first published by Big League Politics. On a page dedicated to photos of Northam from his 1984 medical school yearbook, the now famous photo shows two people, one in a blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan outfit.

  • Roanoke man to spend six years in prison for computer solicitation

        A Roanoke man will spend six years in prison for four counts of computer solicitation convictions.
        At a sentencing hearing Friday, Judge James Updike sentenced Robert Ryan Terry to 16 years in prison with 10 years of that sentence suspended.
        Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance had argued that a prior conviction Terry had in 2008 when he was 18 should factor in to his sentencing.

  • Thaxton man faces aggravated sexual battery charges

        A Thaxton man has been indicted on 10 felony charges following the meeting of the February Bedford grand jury.
        On June 29, 2018, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office along with Bedford County Child Protective Services, received a complaint of a possible sexual assault.
        On August 24, 2018, after an investigation Jan Manley, 61, was charged and arrested for aggravated sexual battery.

  • Man in country illegally charged with sex crimes

        A Roanoke man who admits to being in the country illegally was granted $35,000 cash bond Friday in Bedford Circuit Court.
        Antonio Dejesus Mayora Ventura, 34, is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and carnal knowledge of a minor between the ages of 13 and 15. He was scheduled to appear in Bedford Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court yesterday.

  • Bedford PD maakes arrest in thefts from cars

        Bedford Police have arrested one man in connection with a series of car break-ins in town and more suspects are still being sought.

        Quentin Alan Blake was arrested Thursday, Jan. 31 following a special investigation involving larcenies from cars.
        According to Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman, more than 30 reports of items being taken from unlocked vehicles have been reported, which led to the investigation. “People have been leaving doors unlocked and valuables in their cars,” Foreman said.

  • Keeping his promise

        District 1 Supervisor Bill Thomasson won’t run for reelection this fall. There is nothing wrong with him; he’s just keeping a campaign promise.

        Thomasson was first elected in 2011. At the time, in his campaign literature, he promised to serve eight years. He was reelected in 2015 and now,  that eight years is ending with Thomasson’s current term. He’s keeping the promise he made to District 1 voters when he first ran.

  • Project based learning

        Sixth grade teachers at Staunton River Middle School gave their students a challenge. Each student had to choose a famous person and do research on that person. They were graded in history, reading and writing on their projects.

  • The shelter is full

        The Bedford County Animal Shelter has a problem. It’s overflowing with dogs and cats.

        According to Stacy Epperson, president of Friends of the Bedford County Animal Shelter, the Shelter has a maximum capacity of 24 dogs and 40 cats. Friends is a non-profit volunteer organization that partners with the shelter to find permanent homes for unclaimed animals that show up at the shelter.

  • Bill will emphasize skills based assessments over standardized testing

    By Senator David Suetterlein
    District 19

        The 2019 General Assembly is quickly approaching our February 5 “Crossover” deadline to consider all the bills in the chamber where they were introduced. The looming deadline has led to lengthy committee meetings and floor sessions on each end of the Capitol to consider the 1,995 bills submitted by legislators this year.

  • $15 an hour minimum wage would have cost jobs

    By Senator Steve Newman,
    Senate of Virginia President pro tempore

    Legislators have submitted 1,995 bills for their colleagues to consider during this year’s General Assembly session.  That’s a lot of legislation to consider over the course of 46 days.
    Only a handful of the bills and resolutions considered by the General Assembly generate attention from the news media.  And, those issues that are the most contentious, highlighting the differences between the parties or regions garner more attention than any other.