Today's News

  • Self-checkout comes to Bedford

        A self-checkout system that has been used successfully at the Forest Library for five years has now come to the Bedford Central Library.

        According to Peggy Bias, the Forest Library was the first in the county’s library system to have it.
        “We decided to use it at Forest first because activity was so busy there,” Bias said. “People had to wait in line.”

  • Public hearing draws few people

        A public hearing on the upcoming Bedford County budget that contains no tax increases drew a sparse response Monday night. The hearing, held at Bedford Science and Technology Center, left the large auditorium nearly empty with only a few dozen people in attendance.
        “Again this board is faced with the difficult task of creating a balanced budget with decreased funding that has surpassed the local ability to meet budget needs and mandates,” said Becky Griffith, speaking from prepared notes.

  • Story leads to contact for Bedford Pregnancy Center

    The Bedford Pregnancy Center is happy with its new home.

        Located in a renovated house directly across East Main Street from The Bedford Columns, the Center is centrally located and easy to find. The Pregnancy Center actually moved in on Nov. 14, according to Lori Lewis, the Center’s director but work remained to tailor the building to their specific needs. Supporters of the Pregnancy Center got a tour of the finished effort after a fundraising dinner, on March 24, which raised $40,000.

  • Hughes guilty of involuntary manslaughter

        One of two men charged in connection with a Huddleston shootout last August that left one woman dead, now stands convicted of those charges, following a plea hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court Friday.
        Joshua Lewis Hughes, 28, of Monroe entered no contest pleas to involuntary manslaughter and brandishing a firearm, charges that stemmed from the Aug. 11 shootout in which 25-year-old Audrey Michelle Bryan was killed.
        Sentencing in the case has been set for June 8; Hughes remains free on bond.

  • Students take stand against bullying

    Bullying took center stage at last week’s Bedford County School Board meeting as several students and parents spoke about the issue, asking for the school system to do more to combat offenders.
        They hope the school system will implement a bullying prevention program.
         Camy Mullins, a junior at Staunton River High School, said she was bullied by a group of girls as a sophomore at the school. She said an effort by administrators to have the parties “talk” through their differences didn’t work.

  • Goodview man faces murder charge

    A Goodview man has been charged with first degree murder following an apparent domestic incident yesterday at Jeters Chapel Road.

    Charles Edward Glover, 44, was taken into custody in Vinton, by officers with the Vinton Police Department around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, just minutes after Bedford County dispatchers received a call reporting a structure fire and an injury to an unresponsive male.

  • Donor program creates a chain of lives being touched

    Amanda Key’s story begins in 1998, when she was 19 years old.

  • Girl's father faces charge

        Elvin Gene McCombs Jr., the father of a Bedford teenager named in a lawsuit that alleges a former deputy sheriff had an inappropriate relationship with her, was served a summons on Sunday for misdemeanor assault and battery of an unnamed family member.

  • Charges against Grubbs sent to grand jury

    Five charges of taking indecent liberties with a child in a custodial relationship will be considered by a Bedford County grand jury next month against the former Bedford County Sheriff’s Office deputy charged with having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old Liberty High School student.

  • Lady Cavs storm back on pitch

      Jefferson Forest was seeking to bounce back from a crushing loss to E.C. Glass last week.