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Today's News

  • Too wet to handle

        Last week’s rain fell far short of 40 days and 40 nights, but the four days of heavy rain created problems for almost everybody.

        A mud slide over the weekend closed one lane of U. S. 460 on the westbound side near its intersection with Va. 122.
        “The road is open and all is well,” said Jen Ward, a Virginia Department of Transportation spokesman in a phone interview on Monday afternoon.
        All was not well elsewhere.

  • Drug court to begin in Sept.

        Bedford County’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court received state approval for a family drug court on May 9.

        “It’s just a new docket,” explained Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Louis Harrison.
        It’s the same court with the same judge, but it’s a new approach. It involves teamwork with the Department of Social Services, Horizon Behavioral Health, CASA, law enforcement and the schools.

  • Trial delayed

        By Brian Funk
    Landmark News Service

    HILLSVILLE — A jury trial has been delayed for a man charged in connection with the death of a Carroll County deputy in 2017.
        Joseph Alan Lambert, 21, of Goodview, was being pursued by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department in March 2017 when Deputy Curtis Bartlett answered fellow officers’ calls for help. He was on his way to join the pursuit when his patrol vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer at the Interstate 77-U.S 58 intersection.

  • Church to hold homecoming for former Laurel Grove members

        Walter Gross, of Gross’ Orchard, found it disturbing when Laurel Grove Presbyterian Church closed its doors in 2011. Although Gross is a Baptist, he attended Laurel Grove as a boy. The church is located directly across Wheat’s Valley Road from his orchard’s sales area.

  • Event to raise funds for Big Otter Mill

        Big Otter Mill will hold its annual Spring Festival Saturday, May 19 from noon to 4 p.m.

        The event features BBQ by the Master Masons’ Association. According to Kristy Milton, chairman of the Big Otter Mill Foundation’s board of directors, this is a group representing six area Masonic lodges. Milton said this group has been the regular food provider, always BBQ, at the event.

  • Man convicted of indecent liberties charges

        William Samuel Goad of Salem will spend three years in prison on two indecent liberties convictions.

        Goad, 55, pleaded no contest to the charges in Bedford Circuit Court Friday. The charges involved incidents that occurred last June.
        In all, Goad received an eight-year sentence, but five years of that sentence was suspended. Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Ayers said during the investigation Goad admitted to being alone with the victim but not to touching her inappropriately.

  • Judge denies bond

    The Bedford County man accused of abusing, assaulting and injuring a 13-year-old child will remain in jail without bond.
        Wesley A. Keen, 47, is charged with assault of a family member, malicious bodily injury, abuse and neglect of a child, causing serious injury, abduction by force by depriving of liberty and malicious wounding. He was in court Friday asking to be released on bond.

  • SAC speaks

        Bedford County School Board members heard at their meeting Thursday from students about what is important to them and also passed updates to its wellness policy that address new food-in-the-classroom regulations that restrict the types of food that can be sold during the school day and how many parties classrooms are able to have during the school year.

  • New principals

        Three Bedford County elementary schools will have new principals next year.
        During Thursday’s Bedford County School Board meeting, School Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch announced the changes that had been approved by the board earlier that evening.

    Otter River Elementary

  • Judge will allow cameras in court at MS-13 trial

        News organizations will be able to have cameras in the courtroom at the capital murder trial of an alleged MS-13 gang member when it takes place.
        The first of five defendants charged in the case of the murder of 17-year-old Raymond Wood, whose body was found along Roaring Run Road in March 2017, is scheduled for September 11. On Tuesday, May 8, both Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance and defense attorney Neil Horn argued against allowing still or video photography at the trial.