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  • SRMS, SRHS principals retiring after three decades of service

    After three decades of service in education, Staunton River Middle School Principal Linwood Roberts and Staunton River High School Principal Michael Kelly will be retiring from the Bedford County School System at the end of this school year.

    But they won't be leaving the work force. Each is ready to step into new vocations as of July 1.

    Kelly has spent the past 19 years with Bedford County Schools, following 11 spent as a teacher in Campbell County. He began his teaching career working with students with disabilities in 1978.

  • Resident challenges use of property

    According to Ruby Wells Dooley, Bedford County is violating the terms of an 1832 deed, using the property it owns in violation of that deed.

    "I have in front of me a copy of the 1832 deed and plat," Dooley commented, speaking before the Bedford County Board of Supervisors at its Monday night regular meeting.

    The deed, dated Aug. 25, 1832, records the sale of 283.25 acres of land to the county. The county nursing home and group home, the Sheriff's office, the PSA office, Falling Creek Park and other facilities are now located on this piece of land.

  • Grand jury indicts Earnest for murder

    A Bedford County Grand Jury has indicted Wesley Brian Earnest, 37, of Moneta on a first-degree murder charge in connection with the death of his wife last December.

    Earnest is charged with killing his estranged wife, Jocelyn Branham Earnest, Dec. 19 at her home in Forest. The grand jury handed down the first-degree murder and use of a firearm in a commission of a felony indictments during its meeting last Tuesday.

    Jocelyn Earnest was found dead from a gunshot wound to her head at her home on Dec. 20 by a friend.

  • Author seeks to deter suicide

    Dr. Ken Stifler sees hundreds of patients a year who have attempted to take their own lives. He's hoping that a book he's recently written will help prevent some future cases from happening.

    Stifler, who lives in the county a few miles from Bedford, is a mental health consultant for Lynchburg General Hospital's emergency room. He's part of a team that is called in when a person comes in, or is brought in, who has either attempted suicide or says that he's considering killing himself. He said that the team sees at least 150 people per month in this condition.

  • Man dies at construction site

    Man dies at construction site

    At 10:56 a.m. today (Thursday), Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call advising that a Hispanic man had fallen at a construction site on Whispering Springs Court, which is in the Farmington subdivision off Perrowville Road in Forest.

  • Breaking news - Man dies at construction site

    At 10:56 a.m. today (Thursday), Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call advising that a Hispanic man had falling at a construction site on Whispering Springs Court, which is in the Farmington subdivision off Perrowville Road in Forest.

  • Humane Society closer to finding site for animal shelter

    Society is seeking help to find foster homes for the animals it has now.

    According to Bedford Humane Society executive director Doreen Ehasz, the organization is in need of caring, temporary homes for foster animals.

  • Did you hear?

    Tattoos and sidewalks

    The Bedford Planning Commission took a look at tattoo parlors and sidewalks during its meeting held last Thursday. A tattoo parlor appears to be on the way and a sidewalk will likely appear along Independence Boulevard, though only in places.

  • Law enforcement honored

    For the fifth year, Bedford Domestic Violence Services has honored local law enforcement with its Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (LEAD) awards.

    According to Connie St. John, Bedford Domestic Violence Services' director, the award highlights the local collaborative climate between law enforcement, the court system, social services and Bedford Domestic Violence Services. St. John said that she works around the state and this collaborative environment doesn't exist in all localities.

  • Nine for now

    In 2001 Mike and Pam Poff were ready to take over a youth group at their church.

    But the night before that announcement was going to be made everything changed. Pregnant with what she believed was twins, Pam suffered complications late one night and went to Bedford Memorial Hospital. An ultrasound technician was called in.