Today's News

  • Bedford man convicted of assaulting infant

    It was going to be a difficult case.

        That’s how Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance described the child abuse and aggravated sexual battery case against 30-year-old Eldridge Lee Gibson of Bedford.
        “The age of this child shocks the conscience,” Nance said of the victim.
        In Bedford Circuit Court Tuesday, Gibson entered Alford pleas to the charges, meaning he maintained his innocence, but did admit that the Commonwealth had enough evidence for a conviction.

  • 10 years later

        Ten years ago Heidi Childs and David Metzler visited Caldwell Fields in Montgomery County.
        Both were just weeks into their sophomore year at Virginia Tech when they headed there in David’s 1992 Toyota Camry that Wednesday night in 2009.  They hadn’t planned on staying long.
        But sometime between 8:25 and 10 p.m. the two Tech students were brutally murdered.

  • Bedford Town Manager responds to civic sign debate

    Bedford Town Manager Bart Warner issued the following statement related to the civic sign issue from last night's Council meeting:

    The issue related to the Town-owned civic sign structures on East Main Street and Blue Ridge Avenue actually has its roots in the state championship won by the Liberty High School softball team in early June and the desire to appropriately commemorate not only that team’s accomplishment, but the fact that it is the fourth different sport in which the school has claimed a title.

  • The wretch doesn’t even have a dog

         In America today, and ever since 2017, each week brings a new outrage from the Oval Office, a new twist of ignorance, extremism, school yard petulance, and worst of all, wrong-headed policy decisions often made by a tweet.

  • It looks like we are going down the tubes

        I’m an optimist of sorts. If somebody says things can’t get any worse, I’ll reply, oh yes they can. Actually, I’m the sort of person who sees the glass as half empty and believes that every silver lining has a dark cloud.
        I began my column this way because I’m not optimistic about America’s future and I wanted to first remind everybody that I naturally tend to take a gloomy view of the future.

  • Act Like It

        This week marks the launch of Virginia’s 18th annual Checkpoint Strikeforce DUI law enforcement and public education campaign in Virginia.
        It has a vital message at its core.
        The increased enforcement will take place through Labor Day weekend and resume periodically through key moments like Halloween, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Eve.

  • Avenel hosts Just for Me event

        Avenel will hold a BBQ to Beat Breast Cancer event this Saturday.
        The event, which Annette Kendall, vice president of the Avenel Foundation, hopes will be an annual event, will benefit both Avenel and the Just for Me mammogram program.
        The program is near and dear to Kendall’s heart. She is a three year breast cancer survivor and the fact her cancer was detected early by a screening mammogram was a key factor in her survival.

  • Bedford DMV moving this week

        The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Bedford Customer Service Center (CSC) will close at 5 p.m. this Thursday, August 22, and reopen Thursday, August 29, at its new location at 1128 E. Lynchburg Salem Turnpike in Bedford Plaza.

  • New race route causes concern

        Closing streets for events is usually a cut and dried procedure when the closure request comes before Bedford Town Council. Last week was different.
        The request by the Bedford Area YMCA to close streets for its annual Peaks of Otter Christmas Classic Foot Race caused concern. The race, which has taken place for 40 years, is slated for Dec. 7 from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with the Christmas Parade to follow.

  • 86-year-old man pleads guilty to sex crimes against young girls

        An 86-year-old Bedford man pleaded guilty to three felony charges of aggravated sexual battery during a hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court Friday.
        Carl Ulric Wheeler entered his pleas to the charges which involve three different victims. The crimes took place between 1994 and 2015 involving girls who ranged in age from 5 years old to 13 years old.