Local News

  • Breaking news: Former Hardy fire chief found dead of gun shot wound day after indicted by grand jury

    The former volunteer fire chief of the Hardy Volunteer Fire Company was found dead Wednesday morning, one day after he had been indicted by a Bedford County grand jury on 14 felony charges related to the embezzlement of funds from the fire company.

  • Breaking news: School system receives $750,000 grant

    Congressman Tom Perriello has announced that Bedford County Public Schools has received a  “Teaching American History” grant of $743,397 from the U.S. Department of Education.

        Over a three-year period, the grant will support a program called “American History in International Context,” which provides high-quality professional development to teachers of American history.

  • The future of the Memorial

        Dr. William McIntosh, director of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, may be getting his wish.

  • Man sentenced for raping 9-year-old

    A Blue Ridge man will spend the rest of this century in prison for the forcible rape of a 9-year-old girl.

        According to Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz, Christopher Michael Shepperd, 36, of Blue Ridge entered a non-contest plea in the spring to two charges of the forcible rape of the 9-year-old girl. Krantz said that there was no plea agreement. He had forensic evidence and the victim’s testimony.

        “The girl was very adamant that he had done it,” Krantz said.

  • Pictures help determine cause of fire

    Though a definite determination will probably never be possible, authorities from Bedford County Fire and Rescue believe that a fire that destroyed a Forest shopping center on June 20 was caused from a cigarette, or the match that was used to light it.

        From photographs submitted to the agency, Fire Marshal John Jennings determined that the fire began in some cardboard boxes at a deck behind the Blackwater Bike Shop. Those photographs were taken by Laura Layton who was inside the I.C. Studios tattoo shop at the strip mall when the fire began.

  • Fire at Earnest’s Lake home still under investigation

    The cause of the March fire at the $1.2 million Smith Mountain Lake home of Wesley Earnest is still under investigation, according to Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz.

  • Council to fund Main Street

    Bedford Main Street, Inc. will receive funding from the city of Bedford for the next six months, but representatives from the organization must appear before city council in July to explain how they plan to reorganize.

  • SRHS offices get a gut-check

    As soon as the teachers checked out, the construction crews checked into the administration building at Staunton River High School.

        As part of the project that included construction of a new gymnasium and classrooms at the school, completed earlier this year, crews from JSK Partnership are now working on a $750,000 remodeling of the office space at SRHS. The entire building was gutted and is being redesigned.

  • Art camp

        The Bower Center hosted the first of two week-long art day camps last week.

        The goal of the program is to give children hands-on opportunities in art with classes taught by people who know their stuff. Arts offered were mosaics, pottery, painting, music lab, drama and drumming.

        “They are just so intense,” commented Sara Braaten of the youth participating. “They put their heart and soul into it.”

  • D-Day camp draws 26

        According to Dr. William McIntosh, director of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, the D-Day Memorial’s purpose is education. Last week, the Memorial carried out one part of that mission with a D-Day day camp.