Local News

  • New SRHS principal visits with faculty

    Robert Stump is ready to become a Staunton River Golden Eagle.

    Stump visited with faculty, staff and students recently after being named as the new principal of the school.

    He will officially take on his new duties July 1, but the transition has already begun.

    Stump told the SRHS faculty, during a meeting held May 14, that he wanted to help them use every bit of the strengths they have in educating students.

    "This is what I want to do," he said of getting ready to assume his new position.

  • Law targets child sex predators

    A young Pennsylvania woman is getting the perfect revenge for something that happened to her six years ago.

    Alicia Kozakiewicz was 13-years old when she disappeared on New Year's Day, 2002.

    "She disappeared between dinner and dessert," her mother, Mary Kozakiewicz recalled.

    Alicia had been lured to meet somebody she met on the Internet, an Internet predator who kidnapped her, brought her to Herndon, where she was kept chained in a basement and tortured for four days.

  • Did you hear?

    'Nine for now' update

    For those who read last week's story "Nine for now" I wanted to give an update I received from Mike Poff this week.

    Mike said there is new news.

    "Pam is expecting," the father of seven wrote in an email. "Go figure! Eight will be great and 10 is the end."

    Congratulations to the Poffs on this update for their family.

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    Original 'Beale Papers' sold

    <*P><*J>Bedford historian Peter Viemeister stopped by the office to provide this update on the "Beale Papers."

  • Woman granted bond in shooting case

    On the day she turned 47 years old Sandra Faye Campbell of Thaxton was granted bond by Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike.

    Campbell had been held without bond prior to last Thursday's hearing since her arrest in connection with the shooting of a Bedford County man in January. Campbell is one of three defendants charged with aggravated malicious wounding and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in connection with the shooting of Jesse Phillips at Campbell's home off Thaxton School Road.

  • Junior ROTC unit honors cadet achievement

    Bedford County's Army Junior ROTC program recognized outstanding cadets at a banquet last week. The program has been headed by Major William Brown and Sergeant Major Charles Green since its inception more than a decade ago. The awards are presented by various civic and military groups.

  • Man dies at construction site

    At 10:56 a.m. last 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.

    Bedford County Sheriff?s investigators and rescue units were dispatched to the scene and the victim died at the scene. The medical examiner was contacted and the body was transported to the Chief Medical Examiner?s Office in Roanoke for an autopsy. Officials from the Virginia Department of Labor were also on the scene.

  • 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.