Local News

  • Rooster case moves forward

    Charges against a 62-year-old Coleman Falls man for selling roosters for fighting have been certified to a Bedford County Grand Jury.

        Avery Fitzgerald was arrested in December for selling roosters on two different occasions to undercover investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office. The BCSO also confiscated about 50 roosters from Fitzgerald’s property. He is charged with two felony counts of aiding, abetting or promoting animal fights, specifically roosters.

  • Giving it a whirl

    Body Camp Elementary School’s PTA is raising money to buy new playground equipment and they’ve hit on a unique fundraising idea.

        It’s called “Dancing with the Staff” and is based on the TV program “Dancing with the Stars.” In the Body Camp version, the stars are replaced by faculty members. Even the principal, Dr. Marvin McGinnis, who has no problem with climbing up on a hot school roof top to promote reading, is giving it a whirl. Staff members are paired with students from the fifth grade class.

  • No tax hike in county budget

    Bedford County’s supervisors voted, at a Monday evening work session, to advertise a budget that calls for no tax increases.

        The personal property, real estate, machinery and tools, merchants’ capital public service corporations and the mobile homes taxes will all remain at current fiscal year’s level.

  • Board sends budget to supervisors

    Though it’s been told to expect $1.5 million less in funding this year from the county, the Bedford County School Board approved a $106.7 million budget Thursday for the 2009-2010 school year, representing $1.2 million in cuts from last year’s budget. The board approved the budget hoping the county supervisors will go ahead and cover the $300,000 difference from what it’s been told to expect.

  • Nobody is indestructible

        Sarah Panzau served as a living example to students at Staunton River High School last week of what a bad choice can do to you.

  • Man convicted of abduction

        A Bedford man was found guilty of only one of 13 felony charges he was facing, following a three-day trial in Bedford County Circuit Court last week.

  • Council hears from agencies seeking funding

    Several agencies hoping to be offered financial support in the city of Bedford’s upcoming budget appeared before City Council last Tuesday.

  • Rematch?

    Will Virgil Goode seek a rematch?

        Last November, Goode lost the 5th Congressional District seat to Tom Perriello, a Democrat, by 722 votes out of a total of 317,076 votes cast. Last week, Goode filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission. Goode said that this allows him to explore a run for Congress and accept campaign donations.

        “Some people have asked me if I’m going to run again,” he said.

        Some have also sent some unsolicited contributions.

  • School Board acknowledges FOIA error

    The Bedford County School Board acknowledged Thursday night that it failed to act within the proper guidelines of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act when it voted last month to hire Dr. Douglas Schuch as its next superintendent.

  • Chairman: Salary based on 'market value'

    If approved as proposed, the new superintendent for Bedford County Public Schools will begin his position making more than outgoing superintendent Dr. James Blevins.

        On Feb. 28 the Bedford County School Board, on a 5-1 vote, voted to hire Dr. Douglas Schuch to succeed Blevins, who is retiring on June 30 after 11 years as superintendent of the school system. On Thursday the board is scheduled to approve Schuch’s contract which calls for him to make a base salary of $140,000, up from Blevins’ salary this year of $135,313.