Today's News

  • Program of studies gets makeover

        Thursday night marked the last county school board meeting of the year, and the last school board meeting for three of its members.

        District 6 school board member Shirley McCabe is the last member of the old appointed school board still serving. McCabe, a retired educator, has served on the Bedford County School board for 16 years and chose not to seek reelection this year. She will be replaced by Kelly Harmony.

  • Man faces up to 25 years in prison on sex charges

        A 19-year-old Bedford man faces up to 25 years in jail after being found guilty on three sex offense charges involving two different juvenile girls.

        Jesse Lee Smith entered no contest pleas in Bedford County Circuit Court Friday to a charge of taking indecent liberties with a minor as well as for computer solicitation and carnal knowledge.
        All of the charges involve crimes that occurred in 2011.

  • Battle of the stockyards

        “We’re always in competition.”

        That was the response of Lisa Landes, office manager of the Springlake Stockyard, as to what prompted the latest challenge. But this time, area stockyards are working together to raise gifts and food for area families in need.
        “A lot of our friends and family had a hard time this year,” Landes said of the need. “We decided that we’d have a little bit of a friendly competition.”


    BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Field Office is continuing its efforts to identify a motive in the murder-suicide that occurred Dec. 8, 2011, on the Virginia Tech campus. State police investigators worked through the weekend and on into this week interviewing family, friends and acquaintances of Ross T. Ashley, 22, in order to piece together his movements and actions leading up to the murder of Virginia Tech Police Officer Deriek W. Crouse.

  • Patterson Mill fire

        Road Connections and Clam Diggers will sponsor a benefit concert, this Saturday, to help Mark Agee.

        Agee was forced to jump from a second floor window of his Patterson Mill Road home, in the wee hours of Friday morning to escape a fire which gutted the two-story frame house. Agee was not seriously injured from the jump, but suffered from smoke inhalation.    
        “Most of the reason they kept him [in the hospital] was because of his lungs,” said Neal Agee, his brother.

  • School Board looks ahead

        The Bedford County School Board closed out 2011 with a work session dedicated to the school division’s strategic plan.

        The school board passed its strategic plan, which can be seen on the school division’s Web site at www.bedford.k12.va.us, at the beginning of this year. At Thursday’s work session, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Douglas Schuch, presented the school board with action plans to implement the strategic plan.

  • Elks Home lights up for Christmas

        The Christmas Capital of the World is up and running.

        The Elks Home held its 38th annual Christmas lighting ceremony Friday night and Bedford is now officially all lights on for the holidays.    
        The lights have been around a lot longer than 38 years. According to Dr. Ronald Plamondon, the first Christmas decorations went up at the Home in 1953.
        “It started with a row of lights along the rooftops,” said Dr. Plamondon.

  • Goodview man guilty of involuntary manslaughter

        A 53-year-old Goodview resident pleaded no contest Friday to the charge of involuntary manslaughter, in connection with an accident last December.
        James Scott Morrow entered his plea in circuit court in connection with the Dec. 2, 2010, accident on Goodview Road in which Morrow’s Dodge Challenger collided with a second vehicle, a 2001 Dodge Ram pickup driven by Ty Alexander Perdue of Goodview. Mack Collins Jr., a passenger in Morrow’s car,  was  killed in  the crash, leading to the charge.

  • New fire station goes up in Forest

        There’s been a lot of growth in the Forest area since the current Forest Fire Company station was built.

        That has meant more equipment has been required for the fire department to serve that area. So, just like the Forest area, the fire department is growing too.

  • Shooting range gets OK to operate in New London

    o make sure that stray bullets don’t escape from the shooting range that he has built on his farm, a short distance up Va. 811 from that highway’s intersection with U. S. 460. In fact, Hooper said that the berms around the range will stop an anti-tank weapon.