Local News

  • New CASA volunteers sworn in at ceremony

    Judge Philip Wallace of the Bedford Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court swore in a group of new CASA volunteers Thursday evening.

        CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. These are trained volunteers who are appointed by the court to be a voice for any children affected by a case that comes through that court. Their job is to investigate the situation and provide independent factual information to the court regarding the child. This report may contain recommendations as to the child’s welfare.

  • Seminar focuses on teamwork

    Two area groups and one hospital teamed up to sponsor a day-long seminar on investigating and prosecuting child abuse.

  • Fire destroys home; owner injured in blaze

    A fire in the 1800 block of Lazenbury Dr. in Bedford County Wednesday afternoon left the homeowner with second and third degree burns and her home destroyed. Family members are hoping, however, that Barbara Hamilton will be home for Christmas.

        “She’s doing a little better,” Debbie Bowyer said of her mom, stating that she was still at Lynchburg General Hospital recovering from her burns.

  • Smyth receives ‘Best Workplace’ designation

    Smyth Companies, Inc. has been designated as “Best Workplace” for 2008 by the “Best Workplace in the Americas” program. 

        The program is administered by Printing  Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF), and is awarded to  companies who demonstrate exceptional practices in the area of human resources and employee relations.

  • Cutting edge design

    Smith Mountain Lake Volunteer Fire and Rescue will be on the cutting edge of marine firefighting technology when it takes delivery of its new fireboats next year.

        What’s more, the design work that put these boats on the cutting edge was done by five members of the fire department.

  • Single-vehicle crash injures three

    Three people were injured in a single-vehicle accident Friday afternoon and the driver of the truck was arrested for driving under the influence.

  • Towers get go-ahead

    A Bedford County Planning Commission vote, Monday night, brought broadband Internet access one step closer for three elementary schools.

  • A bright future cut short

    People who knew Mitchell Simmons say that he would have had a bright future.

        Simmons, a 17-year-old senior at Staunton River High School, died Monday, Dec. 1, after an accidental shooting. He was remembered this week for his service to others, his friendship and his hard work both on the baseball field and in the classroom.

        “He wanted to go to VMI and would have been a shoe-in to get there,” said Joe Hubble, his advanced placement government teacher. “They would have loved to have him.”

  • Death of child ruled a homicide

    A special grand jury will be impaneled next month to investigate the death of an eight-month old child in September.

        Bedford Police Department Chief Jim Day said Friday that the death of the child, Marissa Burnette, had officially been ruled this week as a homicide.

        On Sept. 2, officers responded to 1114 Maiden Lane in the city of Bedford regarding a possible injury to the child.  The child was transported to Bedford Memorial Hospital and then to Roanoke Memorial Hospital. The infant was pronounced deceased on Sept. 4. 

  • Layoff affects 90

    Frank Chervan, Inc. announced last week the closure of several operating units located at its Bedford plant.

        The company notified about 90 affected workers Tuesday that operations will be closed in early February.  The company will still operate a rough lumber mill in Bedford that will likely employ around 30 people.