Local News

  • Man convicted of abduction

        A Bedford man was found guilty of only one of 13 felony charges he was facing, following a three-day trial in Bedford County Circuit Court last week.

  • Council hears from agencies seeking funding

    Several agencies hoping to be offered financial support in the city of Bedford’s upcoming budget appeared before City Council last Tuesday.

  • Rematch?

    Will Virgil Goode seek a rematch?

        Last November, Goode lost the 5th Congressional District seat to Tom Perriello, a Democrat, by 722 votes out of a total of 317,076 votes cast. Last week, Goode filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission. Goode said that this allows him to explore a run for Congress and accept campaign donations.

        “Some people have asked me if I’m going to run again,” he said.

        Some have also sent some unsolicited contributions.

  • School Board acknowledges FOIA error

    The Bedford County School Board acknowledged Thursday night that it failed to act within the proper guidelines of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act when it voted last month to hire Dr. Douglas Schuch as its next superintendent.

  • Chairman: Salary based on 'market value'

    If approved as proposed, the new superintendent for Bedford County Public Schools will begin his position making more than outgoing superintendent Dr. James Blevins.

        On Feb. 28 the Bedford County School Board, on a 5-1 vote, voted to hire Dr. Douglas Schuch to succeed Blevins, who is retiring on June 30 after 11 years as superintendent of the school system. On Thursday the board is scheduled to approve Schuch’s contract which calls for him to make a base salary of $140,000, up from Blevins’ salary this year of $135,313.

  • Donation made to Bedford Hospice House

    Ronnie Miller, president and manager of Bedford Funeral Home, has seen, first hand, the benefits of a hospice house.

        Miller’s brother went in a hospice in Atlanta, Ga. Miller said the hospice was geared toward making the patient comfortable. It provided a tranquil setting for a terminally ill patient, rather than the hustle and bustle of a hospital.

        “They just made the patient so comfortable,” said Miller.

  • Supervisors close in on balanced budget

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors closed in on a balanced budget at a Monday evening work session.

        “This budget was driven by things we have never seen before,” commented County Administrator Kathleen Guzi.

  • New law has area retailers concerned with getting the lead out

    A new law called the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) went into effect last month.

        The law sets new limits for lead content for products primarily intended for children under 12 and requires certification that these products meet the new standard. The law is retroactive, applying to products made before Feb. 10, the day the law took effect.

        Whether new lead rules will pose a heavy burden depends on who you talk to.

  • Talbot Huff resigns school board seat

        District 2 School Board Member Talbot Huff had a surprise for his fellow county school board members Thursday night.

        “I could not support putting in a superintendent who had no management experience or has never been principal of a high school,” Huff said, before handing in a written resignation.

  • Perriello briefs Chamber on federal stimulus package

        Congressman Tom Perriello stopped by the Bedford Welcome Center after President Barack Obama signed the federal stimulus bill to talk to the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce about the federal stimulus package.

        “It’s about 40 percent tax cuts,” said Perriello.

        Perriello said most of these cuts middle class tax cuts. The spending is aimed to be counter cyclical.