Local News

  • 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.

  • New charges against Madison Heights man include intentional attempt to infect another with infectious diseases

    Authorities have obtained additional warrants for a Madison  Heights man involving sexual crimes with a minor.

        On June 8, Carlos Lamont Rose, 41,  was arrested and charged with two counts of carnal knowledge of a minor, and one count of use of a communications device to solicit a minor.

  • A part of Bedford's history

    A living part of Bedford County’s history walked into history, Friday.

  • New D-Day Memorial Foundation president selected

    Robin Reed, who most recently served as the director of public history for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, has been named as the next president of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation. An official announcement from the Foundation is expected next week.

        In a telephone interview Thursday, Reed said he was looking forward to helping the D-Day Memorial Foundation “reach its next level of success” and “establish itself as a premiere tourism destination.”

  • Woman arrested for having goat in trunk

    A regional DUI checkpoint on U.S. 460 led to an animal cruelty charge against a Washington, D.C. woman last Friday.

        While checking one vehicle Bedford County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Allison Key heard a knocking noise coming from the trunk of a car. The deputy asked the driver what she had in the trunk and the driver said it was a goat, according to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

  • Goodview students have unique event

    Goodview Elementary School held a unique field day earlier this month. Everything revolved around recycling. The high point of the event, what students were waiting for, occurred at the end. It involved “Mr. Z” and a goat.

        Eddie Zimmerman, known as “Mr. Z” to students, has been principal of Goodview Elementary School since it opened in 2000. Since the beginning of this year, he has been temporarily serving as Staunton River High School’s principal, but he will be back at Goodview in the fall.

  • Sheriff presents scholarships

    Sheriff Mike Brown recently presented $500 scholarship checks to Michael Moser and Rachel Hall, both Jefferson Forest High School seniors.

        Moser is headed for Radford University where he will major in criminal justice. Following graduation, he plans to work in local law enforcement to get experience, then go to work for the FBI. He’s done a ride-along with a sheriff’s deputy to get a first hand look at the job.