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  • Filling the vacancy

        Dave Vaden comes from a long line of educators. His dad was an elementary school teacher, principal and superintendent, his wife taught French in an elementary school, his grandmother was a math teacher and his mother was a librarian.

        Vaden’s hoping to continue that tradition by joining the Bedford County School Board.

  • Earnest’s home goes up in flames

    Investigators with Bedford County Fire and Rescue were still trying to get with Wesley Earnest Monday, after fire destroyed his $1.2 million home at Smith Mountain Lake.

        “There’s still a lot of things I have not ruled out yet,” Fire Marshal John Jennings said of the cause of the blaze. “It’s probably going to be a while before we can wrap this investigation up.”

  • Breaking: Investigation focuses on Hardy fire chief

    The volunteer fire chief of the Hardy Volunteer Fire Company is being investigated by the Virginia State Police for the possible mismanagement of department funds.

     

  • Ceremony honors deputies, volunteers

    Sheriff Mike Brown believes that a sheriff is only as good as the people who work for him.

        “Y’all make me look good,” he said to a gathering of deputies and volunteers.

  • VDOT funds cut to this area; no money for unpaved roads

        Debbie Shinestine, the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Bedford Residency Staff Engineer, and County Administrator Kathleen Guzi were bearers of bad news Monday night.

        “There is absolutely no money in the next six years for unpaved roads,” Guzi told the supervisors.

  • Bulletin staff win first place awards at VPA banquet

    The Bedford Bulletin won four awards during Saturday’s Virginia Press Association banquet held in Norfolk, including two first place honors.

        Bulletin Sports Editor Mike Forster won first place in the special sections category for his “Football Preps Preview” section that appeared in the paper last August. Forster also won second place for sports column writing.

        Bulletin Editor Tom Wilmoth won first place in the education writing category and third place in the editorial writing category.

  • Safety of road questioned

    Two crashes last week along U.S. 221 claimed two lives and left local officials wondering if that road has a higher crash rate than others in the area.

  • Rooster case moves forward

    Charges against a 62-year-old Coleman Falls man for selling roosters for fighting have been certified to a Bedford County Grand Jury.

        Avery Fitzgerald was arrested in December for selling roosters on two different occasions to undercover investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office. The BCSO also confiscated about 50 roosters from Fitzgerald’s property. He is charged with two felony counts of aiding, abetting or promoting animal fights, specifically roosters.

  • Giving it a whirl

    Body Camp Elementary School’s PTA is raising money to buy new playground equipment and they’ve hit on a unique fundraising idea.

        It’s called “Dancing with the Staff” and is based on the TV program “Dancing with the Stars.” In the Body Camp version, the stars are replaced by faculty members. Even the principal, Dr. Marvin McGinnis, who has no problem with climbing up on a hot school roof top to promote reading, is giving it a whirl. Staff members are paired with students from the fifth grade class.

  • No tax hike in county budget

    Bedford County’s supervisors voted, at a Monday evening work session, to advertise a budget that calls for no tax increases.

        The personal property, real estate, machinery and tools, merchants’ capital public service corporations and the mobile homes taxes will all remain at current fiscal year’s level.