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  • Historic farm house burns down in Moneta

    Bill and David Buchanan could only look on in disbelief as the smoke, still smoldering from their mother’s home place, rose last Wednesday.

        Early that morning fire department’s from Moneta, Saunders and Huddleston had been called to a fire at the crossroads of Routes 805 and 737 near Stone Mountain. By the time emergency personnel arrived, the historic Carter family home place was fully engulfed in flames and could not be saved.

  • To the people

        In an effort to bring the House back to the people, recently-elected Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello held a symbolic swearing-in ceremony Saturday in Bedford to recognize the beginning of his term and the start of the new Congress.

        His stop in Bedford Saturday at the Bower Center for the Arts was one of several similar ceremonies held across the district.

        Bedford Vice Mayor Robert Wandrei welcomed Perriello to Bedford.

  • Saved by the Belt

        On July 3 of last year Rachel Correll was on her way to work at Raintree Village when a car cut her off in the eastbound lane of  U.S. 460 just in front of the Virginia State Police office.

        “I just lost control,” Correll said of what happened next. Her 2004 Ford Trailblazer flipped over onto its roof. “I was still hanging upside down when (rescue) people got to me,” she said.

        But the seatbelt she had on, and that was holding onto her, likely saved her from serious injury.

  • 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.