Today's News

  • Town manager addresses reoval of civic signs

        Last week Town Manger Bart Warner began the Bedford Town Council meeting by taking the blame for removing the civic signs at the entrances to town.

  • Which is the best football team in Bedford?

    By: Rod Short
    Sports Editor

        Months of work in the weight room, weeks of time on the practice field and days on anticipation are all about to come to a head as two of Bedford’s three high school teams take the field for the 2019 season opener.
        Liberty will take on Franklin County at 7:00 PM on Friday, Aug. 30 at home while Staunton River opens on the road at William Campbell on the same date and time.

  • Religious diversity should make us proud

        Donald Trump’s bigotry is certainly not limited to blacks and Hispanics. After his tragic installation as president, one of his first acts was a Muslim travel ban.
         During the campaign, he’d made up a story about seeing “thousands of Muslims cheering” somewhere in New York on the day of the 9/11 attacks. No one else saw it; it didn’t happen. It was one of his many lies, but one that was instructive of his deep prejudice against those who practice Islam.

  • Lenin is still at work

        I haven’t seen much lately about the power struggle between Speaker of the House Nany Pelosi and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her gang of four. Perhaps President Trump’s infamous “go back where you came from” tweet at the end of July achieved its purpose.

  • Roanoke man guilty of 2 counts of computer solicitation

        A 28-year-old Roanoke man was found guilty of two counts of computer solicitation in Bedford County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Aug. 20.
        Jordan Timothy Johnson entered Alford pleas to the charges that stemmed from an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force case from last October.
        As part of the plea agreement, Johnson received a 10-year-sentence with all but 2 ½ years suspended. After his release he will be on supervised probation for four years.

  • Honor Flight to head for D. C. in October

        An Honor Flight takes off from Bedford on Oct. 11.

        It’s not really a flight. The one that leaves from Bedford is a bus trip. It got its name because the national program started off with flights.

  • Class will help small businesses

        A seminar slated for Sept. 18 will show local businesses how they can sell products and services to the state government.
        The Commonwealth has contract set-asides that encourages state agencies to give priority to small businesses and businesses owned by minorities, women or service disabled veterans.

  • He’s the best!

    Taylor Rodriguez, of Forest, has been declared the best Elvis Presley tribute artist in the world.

        “That is something I’m still trying to get used to,” Rodriguez said in a phone interview.
        Rodriguez came out as number one in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest held at Graceland over the weekend of Aug. 9. The title is bestowed by Elvis Presley Enterprises.

  • Teaching African American history

    Last week Governor Ralph Northam signed Executive Order Thirty-Nine, which establishes the Commission on African American History Education and one of those serving on the Commission will be from Bedford County Public Schools (BCPS).

        The Commission is charged with reviewing Virginia’s history standards, and the instructional practices, content, and resources currently used to teach African American history in the Commonwealth.

  • Crowder guilty of petty larceny

        A Bedford woman who faced 15 felony charges as the result of a Virginia State Police investigation involving finances at the Bedford Moose Lodge, was found guilty of three misdemeanor counts of petty larceny in the case.
        Patsy Brown Crowder, 77, was arrested in January and charged with five counts of grand larceny, five counts of forgery and five counts of uttering. The felony charges were dropped, as part of the agreement, and she was found guilty of three misdemeanor charges.