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Local News

  • Friday fire, started by severe storm, damages historic home

    A severe thunderstorm that rolled through the Bedford area Friday evening kept the area’s volunteer firefighters busy, including at a fire that damaged a historic home located off U.S. 460.

  • GOP primary candidates square off at Lake event

    Three of the seven candidates, seeking the GOP nod to take on Congressman Tom Perriello, showed up at a town hall meeting held at Mariners Landing last week.

        Ron Ferrin, Jim McKelvy and Mike McPadden showed up to take questions from Lake area residents. The town hall was sponsored by the East Lake Business Association.

        Although many questions were local in nature, the three candidates sought to explain how broader federal  action,  where  a congressman  would  be involved, would affect these.

  • Local farmers, students voice concerns about cuts to SRHS ag program

    The reduction of one of two teachers in the vocational agriculture education program at Staunton River High School has led several students, farmers and farming advocates in the county to ask the Bedford County School Board to reconsider that cut.

        At last Thursday’s meeting, the board heard from several on the issue.

  • Horrell selected for high school teacher honor

    Shawn Marie Horrell has been named the 2011 high school Teacher of the Year for Bedford County Public Schools. She was honored during an assembly at Bedford Science and Technology Center Friday.

        Horrell teaches at BSTC in the Early Childhood and Teachers for Tomorrow programs. She’s worked at the school since 2008, and has taught since 2000, beginning her career at Rustburg Middle School. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Liberty University in 2000.

  • Mallow selected for elem. school teacher honor

    The new elementary school Teacher of the Year for Bedford County Public Schools, Amy Mallow of Huddleston Elementary, believes everyone should find a career that they truly love.

        She certainly has.

  • Teacher of the Year

    Staunton River Middle School teacher Katherine West had planned to spend Friday in Newport News with her newly-born first grandchild.

        Instead, her husband Frank, convinced her that they had to head back home because she was needed at school for SOL testing and he had some work to complete. Reluctantly, and only with the promise that they would go back to Newport News over the weekend, did she make the trip.

        She’s glad she did.

  • Bedford man charged with killing infant daughter

    A Bedford County man has been charged with murdering his six-week old infant daughter last Friday.

        Joshua Warner, 27, of Bowman Lane in Bedford was arrested in connection with the death of the child following a call May 21 at 11:21 a.m. to the residence for an unresponsive six-week old infant. Deputies from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office responded, along with emergency rescue personnel. The child was transported to Bedford Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead upon arrival.

  • Verizon challenges property assessment

    Verizon, which believes that its property has been assessed at too high a value, is asking the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) to review that assessment.

        If Verizon’s claims are verified, localities — including Bedford and Bedford County — are likely to lose thousands of dollars in taxes paid by the company.

  • Veterans hand out awards to JROTC cadets

    A group of military veterans recently gathered to say “Good job” to Bedford County’s JROTC cadets. The unit’s cadet commander, Nick Madison introduced the award presenters.

        The first presenter was Nick Soukhanov, commander of Bedford’s American Legion Post.

        “We thank Post 54 and all its members for supporting our program over 15 years,” Madison said.

        “Every year we are very proud of them,” Soukhanov, an Air Force veteran said.

  • The winning ticket

    Joey Detamore thought Brad Creasy, Bedford’s fire chief, was pulling his leg when Creasy called him to let him know that he won the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department’s raffle.

        The fire department is raising money to build a new brush truck and Detamore had purchased two tickets. A total of 1,000 were sold.

        “I just did it because I was donating,” Detamore said. “They’ve always helped me out.”