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Today's News

  • Krantz testifies at Congressional committee hearing

    Like many communities, Bedford County has had its own issues with illegal immigrants committing repeat offenses, but not being able to deport those offenders.

        Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz took that past experience—and his recommendations for change—to Capitol Hill last week, testifying on immigration reform before a House Judiciary Committee.

  • Herrick retiring as city’s last registrar

    Randi Herrick has presided over 30 elections while serving as Bedford City Registrar.

  • Storm results in widespread damage, power outages

        Thousands of Bedford area residents lost power Thursday—and some for several days after that—the result of the area’s second Derecho in a year.

        Late last June a Derecho brought winds up to 80 miles per hour and last week’s storm featured 70 mph winds. Trees were uprooted, branches were blown off and electrical lines were knocked down as a result of the latest storm.

  • Sports Commentary: Love hurts

     

    I am in an abusive relationship, and I'm the one taking the abuse.

    No, you're not going to see me walking around with a shiner, or bloodied nose.  Nor will I be reporting to a shelter to seek help.  No restraining orders are to be issued.

    It is more in the realm of emotional abuse.

    Like many lousy relationships, I'm in it by my own choosing.  In fact, I'm the one who actively pursued it and have chosen to stay in it for well over forty years.

    It is my connection to the Chicago Cubs.

  • Sports commentary: A salute to pork

     

    "A jug of wine, a loaf of bread–and thou."

    -Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

    "A jug of mustard, a bun of bread–and onions."

    -Rubaiyat of Oscar Mayer

     

    I'm pretty much an Oscar Mayer guy.

    But, as with just about everything else in life, my simple ways have been blown out of the water by progress.

  • Who to call about power outages; SEC reports on restoration efforts

    Who to call

  • Suspect arrested in Forest robbery

    Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators arrested James Robert Wilson Thursday evening and charged him with Monday night’s robbery of the Quik-E Food Mart in Forest.

    Wilson, 33, was arrested in the Forest area after investigators received a call from an citizen advising of his possible whereabouts. Wilson is a transient and has no known address. He is being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center on no bond.

  • Bulletin update: Suspect arrested in Forest robbery at Quik-E Food Mart

    Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators arrested James Robert Wilson Thursday evening and charged him with Monday night’s robbery of the Quik-E Food Mart in Forest.

    Wilson, 33, was arrested in the Forest area after investigators received a call from an citizen advising of his possible whereabouts. Wilson is a transient and has no known address. He is being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center on no bond.

  • Storm update: BBB warns against storm chasers

    The BBB Serving Western VA is advising consumers affected by recent powerful storms to be on the lookout for storm chasers and out-of-town contractors soliciting homeowners and businesses.
    “Too often we see itinerant workers swarm into Western Virginia after major storm damage,” said Julie Wheeler, President and CEO of BBB Serving Western VA. “It is not uncommon for these storm chasers to be unlicensed and full of big promises they can’t deliver. They are often long gone to another state by the time the consumer realizes the job is half-done or done incorrectly.”

  • Tips for recovering from the storm

    VDEM Offers Safety Tips for Storm Recovery

    RICHMOND, Va. – A line of severe thunderstorms with heavy winds affected many areas of Virginia Thursday, June 13, causing downed trees and widespread power outages. As residents clean up from the storm, here are important safety tips to follow:

    Travel Safety
    Use caution while driving. Where traffic signals are not operating, treat the intersection as a four-way stop.
    Watch for storm debris, downed power lines and tree limbs on the roads.