Local News

  • Stimulus funding provides chance to weatherize home

    A program to help area residents weatherize their homes has received a financial boost from the $800 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed earlier this year. Now local officials are trying to let residents know they might be eligible for help.

        Normally classified as a low-income program, the weatherization initiative, with the help of the stimulus funding, is now being made available to more residents.

  • Paid staff

    Bedford County rescue squad members are looking for help.

        Volunteers with area squads turned out Monday night to ask the Bedford County Board of Supervisors to provide paid staff to supplement the volunteer squads.

        According to Richard Downey, president of the Bedford County Association of Rescue Squads, the supervisors’ fire and rescue committee has a proposal before them for additional career paramedics to staff ambulances. The committee consists of District 4 Supervisor John Sharp and District 7 Supervisor Gary Lowry.

  • BCSO investigates animal cruelty case

    On Monday around 7:30 a.m., Bedford County Sheriff’s Animal Control deputies executed a search warrant at 304 Stewart St. in Bedford County, as part of an ongoing investigation involving animal cruelty.

        The search warrant specifically was looking into the deprivation of horses by Gary Chisom, the owner of the horses, according to Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office. 

  • Lacrosse will have to wait at JF

        Students hoping to have lacrosse as a varsity sport at Jefferson Forest High School next spring will have to wait at least one more year following a vote by the Bedford County School Board Thursday night.

        On a 5-3 vote, the board voted down a motion to add the sport for next year. Three board members in the JF district — David Black, Gary Hostutler and Julie Bennington — voted in favor of the motion while Mickey VanDerwerker, Debbie Hoback, Joy Wright, Shirley McCabe and David Vaden cast the votes defeating it.

  • Medlin to challenge Putney

    Lewis Medlin announced last week, at a gathering in Thaxton, that he’s making another run at the 19th House of Delegates seat as the Democratic Party nominee.

         He lives in Stewartsville and is vice-president of E-Z Mount Bracket Company, located in Montvale, which he co-founded with his father, Lewis B. Medlin Sr. The business has a 10,000 square foot facility that makes 23 different bracket designs used primarily by the electrical industry. The company has 15 U. S. patents.

  • Bees: A critical link

    A phenomenon which threatens our very food supply has, apparently, come to Bedford County.

        Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD, has been wiping out hives of honeybees in other parts of the country.  The causes of CCD are still being debated, but its impact is undoubtedly harsh.

         A colony that has been affected by CCD is essentially eliminated.  All that remains are some doomed young bees, the queen and some brood.

  • Sexting cases hit Bedford schools

    “Sexting,” a growing nationwide problem that involves using cell phones to transmit sexually explicit pictures, has cropped into Bedford County schools and four Staunton River High School students now face criminal charges as a result.

  • Swine Flu fever sweeps into Va.

    Area residents were urged this week to take precautions to minimize the risks of contracting H1N1 Influenza, commonly called “swine flu,” even as authorities were suggesting that the virus wasn’t as serious as originally feared.

  • Economic times hit city budget

    Bedford City Council will consider a request by city staff to increase personal property taxes in the upcoming 2009-2010 budget to help offset funding decreases in other areas.

        City Manager Charles Kolakowski presented the staff’s working budget to council Tuesday night, which includes the proposed personal property increase, but no increases in the electric rate, the water and sewer rates or the real estate tax rate.

  • Harrison appointed as interim J & D judge

    When Bedford Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Judge Philip Wallace officially retires on June 30, Louis Harrison, a Bedford attorney is scheduled to fill that bench the next day.