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  • Runk and Pratt Bedford facility evacuated

        Thirty-six residents of Runk and Pratt’s assisted living facility in Bedford had to be evacuated Saturday afternoon because of a crack in a pipe servicing the sprinkler system.

  • 80 positions may be cut from school system

        As many as 80 positions may be cut from Bedford County Schools next year as the Bedford County School Board decides how to balance its 2009-10 budget in light of $4.9 million in state funding cuts.

  • Bedford County Schools close Friday due to cold - Breaking

    Bedford County Public Schools will be closed Friday due to cold.

        “It's really due to severe wind chills,” said Dr. James Blevins, superintendent of schools.

        Blevins said that weather predictions call for wind chills as low as 15 degrees below zero.

        “That's what I get from the National Weather Service,” he said.

  • SRHS students put learning to work

        A group of Staunton River High School (SRHS) students made a real world application of what they’ve learned in government classes.

        Thursday night, Brice Moon, representing the school’s senior class, spoke before the Bedford County School Board. The issue was a senior exemption from midterms.

  • Wish list

    Bedford County has made out its economic stimulus wish list and Internet broadband coverage is on it.

        In fact, according to County Administrator Kathleen Guzi, this is at the top of the list. Guzi notes that broadband coverage is spotty in the county. Some areas simply don’t have the population density to make it economically viable for private business to make this service available. The county’s mountainous topography adds to the challenge.

  • Woman accused of killing boyfriend

        A 48-year-old Bedford County woman has been charged with killing her boyfriend last Wednesday.

        Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from Tammy Spencer on Wednesday night around 10:30 p.m. reporting a shooting at her home at 1050 Forestland Drive in Bedford County. Bedford County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the address and found Charles E. Pagans, 47, lying on the sofa dead from a gun shot, according to Major Ricky Gardner of the Sheriff’s Office.

  • A witness to history

        When Handley Fields first applied to be a part of the Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference almost two years ago, she didn’t even know who the candidates running for president would be.

        But now that she’s been accepted and will be attending the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President, Fields is excited about being a part of the historic event.

  • Supervisors approve campground

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors agreed, Monday night, that Garland Simmons’ request for a special use permit to build a campground on a portion of his farm would have been a simple process had he followed the rules. In the end, however, the supervisors approved the request.

  • Red Cross honors SRHS

        Staunton River High School’s (SRHS) students were honored for their efforts to raise money for the Historic Virginia Chapter.

  • People to People

        Several area middle school students will be part of a delegation from Virginia participating in a People to People Leadership trip to Australia this summer.