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  • Art, music teacher positions defended

    A number of speakers stood up to defend Bedford County’s elementary art and music programs at a public hearing on the school budget Thursday night. The hearing was held during a regular meeting of the Bedford County School Board.

        Among the 77 positions slated for elimination are 10 elementary school art and music teachers.

        “We are more than numbers,” said Kevin Smith, a music teacher.

  • Extension granted

    A lawsuit over a rezoning issue for Oakwood Villas Retirement homes has been dismissed in Bedford County Circuit Court. As a result, developers have also been granted another six months to submit detailed plans for the development.   

  • Missing girl found; Rhode Island man arrested

    A Bedford County girl reported missing Tuesday evening is now safely back home, and a Rhode Island man has been arrested in connection with her disappearance.

        The search started when the Sheriff's Office got a call at 4:53 p.m. Tuesday from Hayden Mitchell, who lives on Evington Road. Mitchell reported seeing a young female and a young male acting suspiciously. He reported that they were walking in the direction of Campbell County and, every time they saw a car coming, they would hide in the woods. Deputies from Bedford County and Campbell County responded.

  • Suspect in Forest bank robbery arrested

    The man suspected of robbing the SunTrust Bank in Forest Tuesday afternoon was arrested in Forsyth County, N.C., Thursday night.

        The suspect was identified by a caller who saw the story on a North Carolina television news report and notified the police with information.

        William Myrl Smitherman, 19, of Clemmons, N.C., is being held on a fugitive warrant from Virginia in the Forsyth County North Carolina Jail, awaiting extradition.

  • Bomb scare briefly courthouse

        The Bedford legal community received a morning jolt that was stronger than the usual cup of coffee when staff was notified of a bomb scare.

        The message was received Friday, at 8:24 a.m. by the county's 911 dispatch center, according to Major Ricky Gardner, of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

  • Stabbing leads to charge

    An Evington man has been charged in connection with a stabbing early Friday morning.

        At 1:58 a.m. Firday the Bedford County Sheriff’s received a call reporting a stabbing. Deputies responded to 1179 Langford Lane and talked to the victim, Jeremy Neighbors, who said he had been stabbed.

  • Blevins speaks at United Way conference

    Dr. James Blevins, Bedford County’s superintendent of schools, was one of the panelists at a United Way of Central Virginia conference held in Lynchburg recently. The conference theme was “Closing the Achievement Gap in Central Virginia.”

        “Our teachers have to be what I call ‘angels’,” Dr. Blevins said.

  • Supervisors accept revised site plan

    Last year ended with the Bedford County Board of Supervisors telling Southside Electric to try harder to create an acceptable site plan for a proposed substation on Dickerson Mill Road.

  • FMS student wins Bedford County Spelling Bee

    Jake Richardson might want to spend some time studying  menus from area restaurants before the upcoming regional Spelling Bee in Roanoke.

        A year ago Jake was eliminated from the Bedford County Division Spelling Bee after missing the word “chimichanga.” This year, en route to becoming Bedford County’s top speller, he correctly spelled “anchovy,” though his Dad thought he’d missed it.

  • Former teacher pleads in case

    A former Staunton River High School teacher will serve seven months in prison for a sexual relationship he had with a 16-year-old student on school property in 2005.

        David Allen Cherry, 39, of Forest was found guilty Monday in Bedford County Circuit Court by Judge James Updike of seven misdemeanor charges of  contributing to the delinquency of a minor in the case. Cherry entered Alford pleas to the charges which mean he accepts the guilty verdict in his own best interest while not conceding his guilt in the case.