Local News

  • School board looks to delay school closings until 2011-2012

    Last month’s revelation that the Bedford County School Board is considering any and all options for saving money — including closing smaller schools — caught the attention of  the public and last week several representatives from schools that were mentioned turned out at Thursday’s budget work session.

  • Rising from the ashes

    A few days after a fire, last September, collapsed Olde Liberty Station’s roof into its dining room, Harry Leist, the owner, predicted he would reopen in February, hopefully early in the month.

        His prediction is coming true. Olde Liberty will reopen with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. on Feb. 8. Sadie Tharp, Bedford Mayor Skip Tharp’s mother, will cut the ribbon.

  • Local man receives honors 65 years after World War II

    Rudolph Gand was presented with the Bronze Star and Purple Heart in Bedford’s National Guard Armory last week.

        The medals weren’t awarded for action in either Iraq or Afghanistan in combat against Islamic extremists. They came from service in Leyte and Luzon in the Philippines against the Japanese. It only took 65 years for Gand to actually receive them.

        The presentation finally took place due to Congressman Tom Perriello’s action.

  • Hospital dedicates chapel painting

    Bedford Memorial Hospital dedicated, last week, an original pastel painting for the hospital’s chapel.

        The painting, entitled “A Very Strong Evening,” is the work of James Underwood, a Bedford  artist.

  • Luncheon promotes women’s heart health

        The number one cause of death in women is not breast cancer. According to Sybil Calhoun, cardiovascular manager at Bedford Memorial Hospital, it’s heart attack. Calhoun said that heart attacks kill 500,000 women every year.

        This is why Bedford Memorial Hospital began holding an annual women’s wellness luncheon each year. This will be the fifth year it has done this.

  • Planning Commission approves docks

    The Bedford County Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of a community dock project in the Goodview area. The project brought out a number of neighbors who spoke against it at a public hearing that preceded the vote.

        The dock project will consist of four docks with a total of 46 boat slips, intended to serve residents in a proposed residential development called The Preserve. The Preserve, covering 52 acres, consists of single family attached units.

  • County moves forward with broadband initiative

     Prior to its regular meeting Monday night, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors met as the county’s broadband authority.

        The authority met in closed session. According to County Administrator Kathleen Guzi, the supervisors were briefed on two replies from companies on requests for proposals (RFP) concerning the county’s broadband initiative. This initiative seeks to bring broadband service to areas of the county where it is not currently available.


  • The Golden Age of Radio

        The Bedford Museum has created a radio display with items ranging from a floor model presented to Bedford High School in 1938 to a radio made from a razor blade and a safety pin.

        It’s not in the Museum, however. The display can be viewed at the Bedford Central Library. Doug Cooper, the Museum’s manager, puts up a display in the Library every year.

  • Two county schools earn top honors

    Two Bedford County schools were among the 153 Virginia public schools that earned the 2010 Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence.

        Both Otter River and Forest elementary schools received the honor. The award is the highest honor under the Virginia Index of Performance incentive program created by the Board of Education in 2007.

        “It means a great deal to all of us,” noted Otter River Elementary Principal Georgia Hairston. “We’re very excited about achieving the award, once again.”

  • McDonnell opposes transfer of Soering

    Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell sent a letter to United States Attorney General Eric Holder last week officially revoking the Commonwealth’s consent to the planned transfer of convicted murderer Jens Soering to Germany. The effort by McDonnell delays the transfer, but the final decision apparently remains in the hands of the Justice Department.