Local News

  • Local search and rescueLocal team provides help nationally

    When his own son got lost in the woods a couple of years ago, David Johnson learned just how important it could be to have dogs help with search and rescue efforts.

        Johnson now serves as president of the Virginia Canine Response Team based out of Bedford. Earlier this month he and other members of the team helped Arkansas law enforcement search for people lost in a flash flood that struck a campground nearly Langley, Ark., killing 20 people.

  • Advocates of SRHS agriculture program speak to school board again

        Supporters of Staunton River High School’s agriculture program made one more appeal to the Bedford County School Board, at its regular meeting Thursday night, to restore cuts to the school’s agriculture program. Staff cuts reduced the teachers in the program from two to one.

        Jerry Craig, who serves on the county’s agriculture board, said that he is currently on the national speaking circuit for the forest products industry.

        “I owe that to the FFA,” he commented.

  • Company A coming back home early

    The Bedford Boys are coming home early.

        Lieutenant Colonel Scott Smith, commander of the 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, confirmed the news in a telephone news conference last week. This unit includes Bedford’s Company A and Lt. Col. Smith is the commander in Iraq.

        This is Company A’s third deployment in federal service. The first was when it was mobilized in 1941. The second was for a deployment to Afghanistan in 2004.

  • A labor of love

    A 20-year-old Bedford County woman headed back to Africa last week to resume her labor of love.

        Renee Bach, who turns 21 this month, went to Uganda on what was to be a short-term mission trip when she was 18. That trip, however, turned into something permanent. Based on what she saw during her first year there and what she believes God had called her to do, she set up a non-profit organization called Serving His Children.

  • Newspaper, congressman weigh in on Stalin bust

    The controversy surrounding the bust of Joseph Stalin, currently on display at the National D-Day Memorial here, continues to draw national attention. This week both the Washington Post and Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello weighed in on the issue.

        And a local forum will be held next Wednesday to give area residents a chance to express their views.

        Perriello sent a letter June 23 to Robert Bradley, chairman of the Memorial Foundation, expressing his concerns about the Stalin bust.

  • The stage is set

    Congressman Tom Perriello is looking forward to a substantiative debate on the issues as he seeks a second term in Congress. Perriello represents the 5th Congressional district which includes Bedford and most of Bedford County. The district runs from the North Carolina border to north of Charlottesville and is approximately the size of New Jersey.

        The Republicans have nominated state Sen. Robert Hurt to square off against Perriello and a third candidate, Jeffrey Clark, has thrown his hat into the ring as an independent.

  • JF makes Newsweek’s top 1,600

    Jefferson Forest High School was named one of the 1,600 best public high schools in the nation last week in the annual Newsweek rankings. Only 6 percent of all public high schools in the U.S. made the list.

        The ranking is based on how hard school staffs work to challenge students with advanced placement college-level courses and tests. A total of 95 Virginia schools were included on the list, including Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke and E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg.

  • SRHS remembers

    Staunton River High School (SRHS) has seen more than its fair share of tragedy. In the last six years, death has claimed 10 students and one teacher, mostly to automobile accidents.

        There is now a plaque by the school’s flagpole dedicated to the memory of every student and teacher who has died while at SRHS. It lists their names, 38 of them, beginning with Allen Jordan Martin, who died in 1966 while a student there. The most recent is Tiffany Skylar LaPrade, who was killed in a car accident while on her way to school in 2008.

  • Kenya connection

    A group of Staunton River High School students had an eye-opening experience via Skype this spring. Skype is a software application that lets people make voice calls over the Internet.

        The five teens in Caris Jonas’ reading workshop class got to talk to students in a school in Kenya. The students attend Mercy Care Center School in the Mathare slum in Nairobi. The school is run by the Mercy Care Center Foundation which, according to its Web site at www.mercycarecenter.org, is a non-denominational Christian organization.

  • 'Fired' for protest

    Last week, Bob Lindell, an American Legion member, Navy veteran and a volunteer at the National D-Day Memorial, chose to join a protest against the Joseph Stalin bust instead of attending an invitation-only reception for Dr. William McIntosh, the retiring director of the National D-Day Foundation. A photo of Lindell, participating in the protest, appeared on the front page of the June 16 edition of the Bedford Bulletin. Lindell was also quoted in the story.