Local News

  • Living was harder back in Jefferson’s day

    A service project by a group of Girl Scouts from Greensboro, N.C., enabled Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest to offer something extra last week.

        Poplar Forest has a hands-on program geared for elementary school groups. Among other things it lets them try their hand at a number of tasks that were part of everyday life back in Jefferson’s day. This included household tasks that made the girls happy that they are living in 2010, not 1810. They noted that it would have been a lot of work.

  • Students hear first-hand account from Holocaust survivors

    Alfred and Josiane Traum’s childhood memories are different from most folks’. For Alfred Traum, those memories include being put on a train, taken to a foreign country and never seeing his parents again. For Josiane Traum, they included being hidden in a convent orphanage by nuns.

        The Traums are Jewish and lived at a time when Adolf Hitler was determined to annihilate the Jews. The two, who now live in Maryland, spoke at Staunton River High School recently.

  • Local podiatrist helps out in Haiti

    A Bedford podiatrist got a first-hand look at the results of January’s massive earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

        Dr. Robert Feldman is a graduate of the University of Miami in Florida, and went to Haiti during the first week of March under a program called Project Medishare, sponsored by the university. He was there through the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care, an organization of which he is a member.

  • Jury recommends life sentence for Wesley Earnest

    Though Wesley Earnest had some friends in Chesapeake believing he was a single, multi-millionaire, too rich to work for the FBI, a six-man, six-woman Bedford County jury had its say Monday, convicting him as a first-degree murderer.

  • Falling Creek planting 750 trees this Saturday

          The Bedford County Parks and Recreation Department (BCPRD) will be working with the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF), Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF), members of the BC Agriculture Economic Advisory Board (AEAB) and volunteers, to enhance areas along stream banks and to re-establish areas of habitat for a variety of wildlife at Falling Creek Park.

  • Kiwanis finds a new project

        Bedford’s Kiwanis Club has been looking for a service project ever since Safe Haven, an after school program for disadvantaged children folded.

        According to James Stanley, their goal has been to serve children, so they decided to help Liberty High School. Last week, Stanley presented a check for $2,500 to Mary Branden, the school’s principal. The money represents proceeds from the club’s annual Lobsterfest, held at the Welcome Center in October.

  • Teaching by example

        Children at The Growing Place, a preschool at Bedford Baptist Church, received a lesson in bicycle safety by somebody who they took seriously.

        Officer Shannon Walker, of the Bedford City Police Department’s bicycle patrol, showed up with his bicycle to talk about safety. He stressed the importance of wearing a helmet, and that the children should ride with their parents and not ride in the street.


        “The helmets are a very important part of bicycle safety,” he said.

  • Budget draws few comments

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on the 2010-2011 budget before a virtually empty auditorium at Bedford Science and Technology Center, Monday night.

  • D-Day documentary now available at Welcome Center

    Copies of “Bedford, The Town They Left Behind,”  are now available at the Welcome Center.

        The film was produced by The Johnson Group, a Virginia-based filmmaker that spent a few years poking around Bedford. Their project was a documentary dealing with Bedford’s D-Day connection. Bedford’s National Guard company was part of the first wave of the assault and 19 men from the town were killed within 15 minutes. As a result, Bedford had the highest per-capita loss that day of any locality in America.

  • Man faces first degree murder charge

    Andrew Clay Ottinger was charged with first degree murder in connection with the death of Sean Peter Placko whose body was found floating in the James River last month. Ottinger is being held without bond in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Bedford.

        The new charge follows the arrest of three Waynesboro residents, including Ottinger, on charges of conspiracy to commit first degree murder in connection with the death of the Churchville man who was found March 7.