Local News

  • Bear drops by home of local resident

    Stewart Grant came face to face with a bear last week. Fortunately there was a window in between them.

        The Liberty High School teacher and head baseball coach was at his house on Vista Circle behind Bedford Memorial Hospital watching a baseball game downstairs when he noticed the visitor. Grant looked out a window and saw a snout sitting on his air conditioning unit. He got up to see what it was and quickly realized it was a bear.

  • Charges go to grand jury

    The charges against a Rhode Island man accused of traveling to Bedford County to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex have moved forward to a Bedford County Grand jury.

        Andrew Fitzgerald Holloway, of 774 West Shore Road, Warwick, R.I., waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Monday. He faces three charges of unlawful carnal knowledge, a Class IV felony, and two counts of communicating online with a female under the age of 15 years old for the purpose of soliciting carnal knowledge, a Class IV felony.

  • Goode won’t seek rematch

    The 2010 race for the 5th Congressional District seat won’t feature a Goode/Perriello rematch.

        Last November, Virgil Goode lost the 5th Congressional District seat to Tom Perriello, a Democrat, by 722 votes out of a total of 317,076 votes cast. Goode had served in the House of Representatives since 1997.

         In March, Goode filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission. This allowed him to explore a run for Congress and accept campaign donations. He has now ended that exploration and decided not to run.

  • Bedford Hospice House reaches milestone

    Bedford’s Hospice House has reached a milestone, and marked the event by painting in the blank portion of its goal thermometer in front of the Bedford County Courthouse.

        The milestone was raising $1.6 million to build and equip the local hospice house, completing a fundraising drive that began in October 2006.

        “In view of the current economic crisis, it is quite remarkable that the target was reached in less than three years,” commented Michael Cross, a member of the fundraising committee.

  • Elite anglers will return in 2010

        BASS announced last week its revised 2010 Bassmaster Elite Series regular-season schedule and Smith Mountain Lake is still there, though the tournament date has been changed.

  • Quilts fill library at annual show

        For the 13th year in a row, the Peaks and Pieces Quilt Guild has filled Bedford’s central library with color.

        This year the Guild’s 50 members have produced 108 quilted entries for the annual show. They range from bed quilts to wall hangings to accessories such as quilted hand bags and place mats.

  • Board names new assistant superintendent

        The Bedford County School Board made three administrative appointments at its regular meeting Thursday night, including naming a new assistant superintendent.

        The school board filled the school division’s number two spot, approving Superintendent of Schools Dr. Doug Schuch’s recommendation of Dr. Cherie Whitehurst as assistant superintendent for Bedford County Public Schools. 

  • Dr. Schuch gets to work

        Dr. Douglas Schuch is in transition.

        Schuch officially took the helm of Bedford County Public Schools on July 1, taking over from Dr. James Blevins who retired after a dozen years with the school division. His transition began before Blevins left. Schuch spent some time here while wrapping up his work in Stafford County where he had served in that school division’s central office.

  • Camp Virginia Jaycee hires new staff

        Camp Virginia Jaycee will reopen on July 26 for its last three sessions of the summer.

        The camp closed earlier this month after an internal investigation discovered that an adult camper did not receive her scheduled dose of a prescribed medication on time. Camp Jaycee serves adults with mental disabilities and those who are on medications require assistance to make sure they take the proper dose at the proper time. The camp director and medical director were fired as a result of the incident and two nurses were suspended.

  • Following the Yellow Brick Road

        All Bedford Police Lieutenant Todd Foreman had to do was follow the Yellow Brick Road at the end of a two-month FBI Academy.

        This is easier said than done. The Yellow Brick Road is a 6.2 mile run. The FBI Academy is held at Quantico and 3.1 miles of this run consisted of a Marine Corps obstacle course. Lt. Foreman has a yellow brick with the number of his FBI Academy class to prove he made it. Bedford Police Chief Jim Day also has one. He completed the Academy while with Roanoke’s police department.