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  • Stuanton River community deals with death of SRMS student

    Snow days are not something school principals look forward to. Too many of them can create a problem with the academic year. However, Linwood Roberts, Staunton River Middle School's principal, felt that closing the school Thursday and Friday was a blessing this time.

    Roberts said that, when school opened Monday, not all the students knew that one of their classmates had died the weekend before. News of Brandon Wheeler's death was an emotional shock to them.

    "They are taking it hard," Roberts said. "He had a lot of friends. So, it's been a hard time here."

  • Local group remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    About 25 people gathered in front of the Bedford County Courthouse Monday morning to march through Centertown in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    In addition a program, also sponsored by the Bedford Branch NAACP, was held Sunday at Washington Street Baptist Church in honor of Dr. King.

    Prior to the march on Monday, the Rev. Darryl Drew of Roanoke spoke to those who had gathered.

  • Pit bulls attack Bedford man

    A 62-year-old Bedford man was attacked by several pit bulls in an incident last Tuesday that required the victim to be airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital because of the extent of his wounds.

    Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday from a woman reporting that four dogs had attacked her husband at 1298 Old Country Road. Bedford County Animal Control Deputies and the Moneta Rescue Squad responded to the address, according to the report from the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

  • BMH marks National Heart Month with event

    February is National Heart Month and Bedford Memorial Hospital is marking it with a special luncheon for women.

    The emphasis on women is because heart attack symptoms in a woman are often quite different from those a man experiences. Connie Messier, vice president and program chairman of Bedford's Mended Hearts, knows all about this.

    "I had a heart attack in January of 1996," Messier said.

    It took some time to realize that that is what was happening. The pain was not in her chest.

    "It was all in my jaw," she said.

  • Teacher pay raises dominate budget discussions

    Teacher salaries have taken center stage of early budget discussions by the Bedford County School Board.

    Last Friday board members took a look at several scenarios in which they could increase salaries in an effort to make the county's pay scale more competitive with surrounding districts. A study conducted by school staff shows that currently Bedford County pays about 5.3 percent less on average than the surrounding jurisdictions. The county ranks near the bottom of the pay scale in comparison with surrounding districts.

  • Stu Tinney to speak at Smith Mountain Striper Club

    One of the 100 Living Legends of American Sport Fishing is coming to the area for a visit.

  • Fire department holds annual banquet

    The Bedford Volunteer Fire Department gave itself a well-deserved pat on the back this past weekend as it held its annual awards banquet at the Bedford Welcome Center.

    Chief Russell Stevens gave his report for 2007 that included some significant statistics. The BVFD handled 898 calls over the course of the year that involved 10,000 man hours. The calls included 88 fires and 317 EMS runs.

    The chief also proudly pointed to the great amount of training that the members have undertaken in the past year to improve their proficiency.

  • A uniformed career

    Deputy Charles Quarles will end nearly half a century in uniform this month.

    Actually, his retirement from the Bedford County Sheriff's Office will be his second retirement from a uniformed career. He wore green in his first.

    Quarles is a Bedford County native who grew up in the Bunker Hill area of Bedford County. It's land that has belonged to his family ever since his great-grandfather, Jeff Quarles, a newly freed slave purchased the land in the summer of 1865.

  • Former SRHS teacher arrested

    A former Staunton River High School teacher was arrested last week and charged with three counts of sodomy and one count of indecent liberties with a minor.

    The incidents that led to the charges allegedly occurred in the fall of 2005 on school grounds, according to Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office. Gardner said after a lengthy investigation, David Allen Cherry, 38, 1324 Oak Lawn Drive, Forest, was arrested on Jan. 8 on the charges.

  • Higher teacher pay among requests during school budget hearing

    The public got its first chance Thursday to speak officially to the Bedford County School Board about the 2008-2009 budget and one theme stood out: Pay the teachers.

    "Retaining our teachers is key," noted Vanessa Gable, who has two students in the school system, on the need to pay teachers better in the county. As the Bedford County Education Association has already asked, Gable suggested a commitment by the school board to 5 percent raises for teachers each of the next three years.