Local News

  • Retirements limit layoffs

    The Bedford County School Board voted on a reduction in force plan after a lengthy closed door session Thursday night.

        According to Ryan Edwards, the school division’s spokesman, 62 positions have been eliminated, but teachers accepting the school division’s retirement incentive accounted for most of those. As a result, 19 employees were laid off. Of these, 10 are first-year teachers and three are second-year teachers. Five teachers were teaching in areas in which they were not fully certified.

  • City faces rising health care costs; looks for new provider

    Facing a 37 percent increase in health insurance costs, the city of Bedford is looking for a new provider.

  • Supervisors pass budget without raising taxes

    Bedford County was able to balance its budget by looking for savings wherever it could be found, according to Board of Supervisors Chairman Roger Cheek. Not getting caught by surprise also helped.

        “We saw this coming,” Cheek said. “We started preparing for this two years ago.”

        The biggest single savings came from leaving vacant positions vacant. As a result, the county didn’t have to do it all at once and was able to reduce staff solely by attrition, without layoffs, by getting an early start.

  • Headed to Washington, D.C.

    Working hard, and working smart, along with persistence has paid off for a Bedford County teen.

        Amelia Wentzel, an eighth grader at Bedford Middle School, has been competing in spelling bees since she was in fourth grade. She’s only missed one year due to the family’s move to Bedford County. She’s always been the school winner, but this year was different.

  • Car show to raise money for cystic fibrosis research

    There can be a number of ways of grieving over the loss of a loved one.

        Donna Meador’s way of grieving is to organize a car show to raise money for research on the disease that killed her son, Corey W. Flowers. Flowers was 26 when he died this past January.

        According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Web site, the disease is caused by a defective gene. This defect causes the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus.

  • Reese takes the Brawl

    Skeet Reese might have left Smith Mountain Lake Sunday with the $100,000 tournament champion’s check in his pocket and the Blue Ridge Brawl trophy in his arms, but the real winners might just be the thousands who turned out for the four-day Bassmaster Elite Series event held at Parkway Marina in Huddleston last week.

        The event just keeps getting bigger, and by most accounts, better.


  • Breaking: Reese wins Brawl going away

        HUDDLESTON, Va. –  While others zigged this week, Skeet Reese zagged and the decision paid off in spades.  Bucking the sightfishing trend and primarily working a swimbait, the Auburn, Calif., pro left the competition in the dust – his closet competitor was Jason Williamson more than the 14 pounds behind – amassing 78 pounds, 1 ounce, of Smith Mountain Lake bass to take his fifth Bassmaster victory at the Evan Williams Bourbon Blue Ridge Brawl.

  • Breaking: Williamson still leads; Crews jumps into the hunt

    HUDDLESTON, Va. – The good news for Jason Williamson: The Wagener, S.C., pro was able to hold off a bevy of hard-charging competitors and cling to a slim lead at the Evan Williams Bourbon Blue Ridge Brawl.  The bad news: Red-hot Skeet Reese of Auburn, Calif., tapped into Smith Mountain Lake Friday for another 17-plus pound day, which was enough to move into second, just 5 ounces off Williamson’s 36-11 pace.

  • Breaking: Reese vaults into lead on Day 3 of Brawl

    HUDDLESTON, Va. –  Virtually lapping the field with a pristine Saturday, Skeet Reese of Auburn, Calif., opened up a 6-plus pound margin at the Evan Williams Bourbon Blue Ridge Brawl, the third Bassmaster Elite Series event of the season.  The red-hot Reese continues to pile up the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year points this year and at the conclusion of the tournament Sunday, he will be in the driver’s seat for what he deems the most coveted award in professional bass fishing.

  • Breaking: Williamson lands first day lead at Brawl

    HUDDLESTON, Va. – The sight bite was right for Jason Williamson Thursday on picturesque Smith Mountain Lake at the Evan Williams Bourbon Blue Ridge Brawl. Williamson of Wagener, S.C., persevered through a frustrating morning eventually regrouping at his primary area and picking off enough spawning bass to accumulate 22 pounds, 9 ounces, good enough for a scant 1-plus pound lead over Bobby Lane of Lakeland, Fla.