Local News

  • 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.

  • Saved by the belt

    A crash on U. S. 460, Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., ultimately involved four cars, one purchased earlier that day.

        According to the Virginia State Police, a 2007 Corvettedriven by David Steven Rosenberg, 37, of Lynchburg was traveling west when it struck a 1996 Ford Explorer driven by David Jeffrey Miller, 34, of Goode. The Explorer was westbound at about 55 mph and police say the Corvette was traveling at about 80 mph.

  • County budget

    Bedford County’s Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on the county budget Monday night before a nearly empty auditorium. Four citizens, other than county staff, turned out and two spoke. Both aimed their comments at the Sheriff’s Office.

        Billy Hackworth, a frequent critic of Sheriff Mike Brown, said that the sheriff’s budget should be cut by $1 million this year, followed by an additional $1 million cut next year.

        “He wastes money,” said Hackworth.

  • Pilot program on short list for stimulus funding

    At least one of the two dozen projects submitted by the city of Bedford for funding through the $800 billion federal stimulus package is on the short list for approval.

        Bedford has made the semi-final list of projects seeking $77 million of funding through the clean water revolving fund. Bedford’s proposed project is a water reuse project, one of seven such projects being considered for that funding. Bedford’s request, at $165,000, is small compared to others. The Hampton Roads Sanitation District has a $10.2 million water reuse project proposal.

  • Investigation focuses on Hardy fire chief

        The volunteer fire chief of the Hardy Volunteer Fire Company has been the target of a four-month investigation by the Virginia State Police for the possible mismanagement of department funds.

        Bedford County Fire and Rescue Chief Jack Jones said Hardy Fire Chief Jeffrey Lee Shifflett has been placed on administrative leave from the department.