Local News

  • Transition begins for new superintendent

    Dr. Douglas Schuch began in earnest last week the transition process to become the new superintendent of Bedford County Public Schools.

        Schuch was in Bedford visiting the county’s schools, meeting with principals and attending the school board meeting Thursday and high school graduations on Saturday. On Friday, he was officially sworn in for the superintendent’s position at the court house by Cathy C. Hogan, Clerk of the Circuit Court.

  • Conference features historian

    A conference, Overlord Echoes, held at Liberty University featured both scholars and D-Day veterans.  The veterans told about what they personally saw and experienced. The scholars gave the larger picture.

  • Local voters follow state in primary voting

    n spite of spending more than Creigh Deeds and Brian Moran put together, Terry McAullife scored only 26 percent of the vote in the primary that Virginia’s Democrats held to determine who their candidates for governor and lieutenant governor would be. Last Tuesday's primary results in the Bedford area were much like those in the rest of the state.

        Bedford County saw 1,635 people cast ballots, according to Barbara Gunter, the county’s registrar. Creigh Deeds got 1,001 votes while McAullife got 453. Moran came in a distant third with 152 votes.

  • Bedford Humane Society purchases land for adoption center

    The Bedford Humane Society’s search for a suitable site on which to build its limited admission, no kill animal adoption center came to a close last Friday with the purchase of a 3.3 acre parcel of land on Ole Turnpike Drive.

         The property is the site of the former Bedford County Girl’s Home.  A preliminary site plan for a 6,000 square-foot animal shelter building was approved by the city of Bedford prior to acquisition of the parcel.

  • Passing the budget

        The city of Bedford will continue to provide school resource officers for Bedford Elementary and Bedford Middle School, but will eliminate its economic development coordinator position. And just what funding the Bedford Main Street, Inc. program will receive has yet to be determined.

  • Celebration

    More than 800 seniors from the three Bedford County high schools walked across the floor of the Vines Center at Liberty University Saturday to receive their diplomas and officially become graduates. They were urged to embrace the challenges ahead and be willing to take risks.


    Jefferson Forest High School

  • Perfect attendance: JF student doesn't miss a day

         As a student at Forest Elementary School, Kelsey Shelton found out early on it paid to go to class, receiving certificates and awards for perfect attendance.

        So she set as one of her goals in life to not miss a day of school. This week, that goal became reality.

  • Recalling Overlord

    Jenny Creasy and Carolyn Rogers of Roanoke looked intently at the map. They were searching for the spot where their uncle, Joseph Comer Sr., had been dropped during the Normandy invasion that began June 6,1944.

        Comer had been a member of the 82nd Airborne at D-Day. He, along with his nieces and son, attended Saturday’s 65th anniversary commemoration at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford.

  • Sharing their stories

    Their numbers are thinning.

        Dr. William McIntosh, director of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, notes that thousands of D-Day veterans showed up for the D-Day Memorial’s dedication in 2001. Hundreds showed up for the 60th anniversary of the largest amphibious assault in history. There numbers were smaller at Saturday’s 65th anniversary, but a number still made it and had stories to tell. Building bridges under fire

  • Students learn SOLs while finding cache

    Owen Hughes and Addison Craft look intently at their GPS receiver. “Fifteen feet,” the device indicates. The two Forest Elementary fifth graders know they are close. They search in the bushes. Then the grass. They look behind the sign. There it is — they’ve found some geocache.

        They pull out a sticker, find where they are on the map and place it on that spot. Then, in an instant, they’re off again, looking for the next hidden “treasure.”

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