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  • From SML to Iraq

    Debra Weir’s tenure with the Franklin County tourism department has been filled with helping plan for bass fishing tournaments.

        In 2006, shortly after joining the county’s staff, she helped plan for the Northern Open tournament held in October of that year. Then, in 2007, Weir served as chairman of Bassmasters’ first Elite tournament stop held at Smith Mountain Lake that June. This year she’s once again in the thick of planning for the return visit of the Elite series to the area.

  • Man flees from police

    Bedford Police continued this week to search for a 31-year-old man who fled from police following a traffic stop Friday to serve warrants on him.

        As a result, late Friday afternoon a warrant for the attempted capital murder of a police officer was issued for Brian Aubrey Burnette. The warrant is a result of the stop made by Investigator Tim Stanley about 2 p.m. Friday. According to Bedford Police Chief Jim Day, Burnette fled from Stanley in a vehicle, a van, injuring Stanley in the process. The van belonged to Burnette’s father, Day said.

  • Virginia G. Bowman, 90, Durham

    Virginia Grainger Bowman, 90, formerly of Harrisburg and Bedford, died on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009, in Durham, North Carolina.  Virginia was born in Washington D.C. on April 21, 1918, to Chester and Elsie Grainger. 

        She was graduated from Duke University in 1938.  She married Thomas Edward Bowman Jr. on May 31, 1941, at the Market Square Presbyterian Church.

  • Johnson hired as Culpeper County superintendent

    Following the hiring of a new superintendent in Bedford County last month, the assistant superintendent of schools in the county will be leaving to become superintendent of Culpeper County Schools.

        The Culpeper County School Board voted unanimously during its regular meeting last Monday to appoint Dr. Bobbi F. Johnson as its new superintendent, effective July 1. Johnson was selected following a nationwide search that culminated in 23 applicants and five finalists for that position.

  • SMLA honors citizen volunteer

        The Smith Mountain Lake Association (SMLA) recognized some local residents who contributed to the quality of life at the lake.

        Allan Busch, captain of the Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, was named SMLA’s citizen of the year. The fire and rescue company uses its boats to fight fires that can be reached from the water. The boats can spray large volumes of water on a fire and arrive at the scene with plenty of firefighting water immediately available.

  • Vaden chosen to replace Huff

        A bad thing happened to David Vaden on his way to an interview by the Bedford County School Board.

  • Supervisors adopt budget

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted an $83 million budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year at its Monday night meeting. The supervisors also voted unanimously to leave all county tax rates at their current levels.

  • The Brawl returns

    Four-time Bassmaster Angler of the Year Kevin VanDam enters this coming week’s Elite series stop at Smith Mountain Lake in good shape to seek a fifth title.

        VanDam, the 2008 Toyota Tundra AOY champion, sits in fifth place in this year’s standings and he’s looking for the Advance Auto Blue Ridge Brawl at SML to add to his quest for another title. In short, fishing at SML fits his style just fine.

  • Judge denies request to revoke Earnest’s bond

    Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike denied a motion to revoke the bond of Wesley Brian Earnest, charged with first degree murder in the death of his estranged wife in December 2007.

  • Breaking news: Long-time Bedford County educator hired as Culpeper County superintendent

    Following the somewhat tumultuous hiring of a new superintendent in Bedford County last month, the assistant superintendent of schools in the county will be leaving to become superintendent of Culpeper County Schools.

        The Culpeper County School Board voted unanimously during its regular meeting Monday to appoint Dr. Bobbi F. Johnson as its new superintendent, effective July 1. Johnson was selected following a nationwide search that culminated in 23 applicants and five finalists for the position.