Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Baseball: Timely offense lifts Cavaliers over Minutemen

    By: Denton Day
    Sports Editor

    Jefferson Forest struggled all evening to get runners on base against Liberty in the opening round of the Seminole District Tournamet. The Cavaliers totaled one hit through the first six innings yet still found themselves in a scoreless game with a chance to win in the bottom of the seventh.

  • Soccer: Staunton River beats Byrd, rematch set

    By: Denton Day
    Sports Editor

    The first matchup between the Lady Golden Eagles of Staunton River and the Lady Terriers of William Byrd ended without a winner. The second matchup between the two teams looked like it was headed the same direction on Friday May 11.

  • Softball: Third time's the charm?

    Staunton River’s first matchup in the Blue Ridge District Tournament is set. The Lady Golden Eagles, the tournament’s No. 3 seed, will faceoff against No. 2 Lord Botetourt for the third time this season on Thursday, May 17.

    The previous two matchups have looked identical on the scoreboard. Lord Botetourt defeated Staunton River at home 4-2 on Friday, April 13 then again by the same score at Staunton River on Friday, May 4.