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Today's News

  • Leading the House Judiciary Committee

    Earlier this week I was selected by my colleagues in the House of Representatives to serve as the 52nd Chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary. It will be an honor to serve as Chairman of this Committee that will play a critical role in advancing pro-growth policies to create jobs and restore economic prosperity for families and businesses in the Sixth District of Virginia and across the nation.

     

  • Help available for homeless Veterans

    By Bob Kibler
        
        Being homeless, or at risk for homelessness, is one of the most difficult things a person can face.
        Lacking the security of knowing where you’ll sleep at night, having no place to keep your belongings, and not having the ability to care for yourself and possibly your family can lead to stress, anger, a sense of shame, depression and physical discomfort. It can be hard to find employment, live a satisfying life, or do the things you want to do when you are homeless.

  • Reverse 911 upgraded to include cell phones

    By Sheriff Mike Brown

        Bedford County initiated the “Reverse 911 System” back in 2006 with, what was at the time, the most sophisticated system available, to send out emergency messages via telephone, advising citizens of potential dangers.

  • ‘Lincoln’ film reminds us of great truths

        Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” is an event that everyone should experience during the holiday season, mainly as a lesson in great truths about the American experience.
    The movie deals with the events in the life of the president and the nation in the year 1865, when the South has mostly been defeated and, unbeknownest to all, Lincoln only has a few months to live.

  • Wrestling with the budget bear


        I hope the folks on the Bedford County School Board and the Bedford County Board of Supervisors have a great Christmas, because they are going to have some very tense times after the first of the year. That’s because it will once again be time to climb down into the pit and wrestle with the budget bear.

  • it's time to ramp up production

    ast night the Bedford County School Board and the Bedford County Board of Supervisors were supposed to hold a get-together—a meeting of the minds between the two boards on a variety of issues.
        Let’s hope this meeting proved much more productive than those recently held between them. Putting off action just won’t work anymore; all senseless bickering does is stymie progress.

  • Appeals court upholds Earnest's murder conviction

    Staff Reports

    and Landmark
    News Service

        A three-judge panel of the Virginia Court of Appeals has affirmed the first-degree murder conviction of Wesley Earnest.
        Earnest, a former Bedford County teacher, was convicted in 2010 of killing his estranged wife, Jocelyn Earnest, and trying to make it look like a suicide.
        Tuesday’s decision by the three-judge panel upholds the life sentence that Earnest received for the crime which occurred at the couple's Forest home.

  • Montgomery stepping down from BCSO

        Tom Montgomery, the bailiff in Bedford County General District Court, called it quits, Friday, retiring after 20 years with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

        Montgomery originally joined the Sheriff’s Office as a road deputy. Prior to going to the courthouse, Montgomery served as part of the regional homicide squad, which worked on especially difficult murder cases. He became a bailiff just after the turn of the century.    

  • A one-act success story

        As far as Peter Feagans is concerned, Theatre students at Jefferson Forest High School are carving out their own legacy.

        Feagans is among those in Spence White’s third period acting class who claimed the Region III championship Nov. 10 at William Byrd High School. JF’s one-act version of The Rimers of Eldritch beat out performances by Turner Ashby and Harrisonburg high schools, last year’s winners.

  • Season's events are up and running

        They began lining the streets early. By noon, Centertown’s sidewalks were full of Bedford Christmas Parade watchers.

        It was a perfect day as Bedford capped off its official kick-off to the Christmas season.
        Utilizing the theme, “A Blue Ridge Christmas,” a good mix of floats, bands and other units made their way through Bedford, passing out candy and spreading Christmas cheer.
        Awards were also on the line for some.