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  • Abuduction case charges sent to grand jury

    A Bedford County woman testified Monday in General District Court that the man who allegedly abducted and raped her the day after Christmas last year said he was mad at his former girlfriend and had to take it out on somebody, adding she was an easy target.

    Following the preliminary hearing, Judge James Farmer certified charges of rape, abduction, malicious wounding and sodomy (two counts) against George Leroy Keaton Jr., 30, of Bedford County to the next meeting of the Bedford County grand jury.

  • Man drowns at SML

    A Moneta man drowned early Monday morning after the fishing boat he was on took on water.

    Barry K. Phillipe, 37, drowned trying to swim to shore in the Gills Creek section of Smith Mountain Lake about 2 a.m. Aug. 18, according to Lt. Tony Fisher of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

  • Having a blast at cop camp

    Pigs don't fly, but pigs' feet do, with the assistance of a blasting cap.

    A new feature of this year's Cop Camp were some demonstrations by the Virginia State Police's bomb unit. Garland Snead, who formerly worked as a trooper assigned to Bedford County but now with the bomb unit, ran their robot through its paces, and also blew some stuff up.

  • Program provides area youth a Safe Haven

    Safe Haven has a message for Bedford area residents: The program works, it’s open to all area youth and it’s worthy of the community’s support.

    “Over the years we have really made an impact on the children’s lives,” stated Camille Steepleton, youth services coordinator with the Historic Chapter of the American Red Cross.

  • Students head back to school

    Students in Bedford County head back to school Monday ? some will be heading to the traditional classroom, some for a second year of Early College and some will be joining the school system online.

    Fewer students than last year are expected to report ? but that number is yet to be determined. Last year enrollment predictions fell below expectations and that cost the county school budget state funding. With that in mind, officials expect enrollment to fall between 10,500 and 11,000, most likely around 10,800.

  • Horses add to the experience at Camp Virginia Jaycee

    Some extra horses, mainly provided by Many Blessings Farm, vastly expanded campers’ opportunities for horseplay at Camp Virginia Jaycee last week.

    According to Dana Zyrowski, Camp Jaycee’s director, the camp has three horses of its own. Many Blessings brought eight and Marcia Wingert brought one, along with a two-wheeled cart and a friendly Dalmatian. Zyrowski said that the extra horses meant that they were able to provide more horseback riding to more campers in that one week than they could during the entire summer.

  • AYP provides moving target

    The fact that two elementary schools failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress standards (AYP) under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) became a subject for discussion at last week's county school board meeting. District 2 School Board Member Talbot Huff asked that it be added to the agenda as an information item.

    Dr. Bobbie Johnson, assistant superintendent of schools, had some good news and some bad news for the school board.

    "We did not make AYP as a school division," she said, relating the bad news.

  • County Schools, YMCA receive $700,000 grant

    Last fall, Liberty High School's ninth grade physical education classes started a pilot program with the Bedford Area YMCA.

    The idea, according to Lori Mattson, one of Liberty's physical education teachers, is to give students a chance to be exposed to activities they don't get in regular PE classes. One goal is to reach students who don't like PE.

    The program used YMCA facilities, including the swimming pool. The high school PE classes joined the Y in the Fit for Life Program, which promotes activities that support lifetime fitness.

  • Howard A. Logwood, 85, Venice

    Howard Akers Logwood, 85, Venice, formerly of Catharpin, Va., died July 18, 2008. The services were private. National Cremation Society & Memorial Center in Sarasota handled arrangements.

    Survivors include his wife, Virginia; daughters Brenda Lee and Patricia Lynn; a brother, Robert of Gainesville, Va., and a sister, Sibyl Carrick of Vienna, Va.

    He is also survived by grandchildren Harry "Trey" Price III, Justin Price and Melaina Hutcherson; and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by sisters Linda Thomas and Mary Asp.

  • News briefs

    Teens arrested for attempted break-ins

    On Monday, Aug. 11, at about 2 a.m., Bedford Police Department officers responded to an alarm at the Food Lion at 1515 Longwood Ave. in the city of Bedford.

    On arrival, Sergeant Brian MacAlexander observed one subject dressed in black clothing walking across the parking lot. He stopped this person to talk to him, and observed another subject attempting to hide. He summoned another officer to assist.