Local News

  • Breaking news: 50 temporarily laid off at Big Island Georgia Pacific mill

    A failure in one of its mills, coupled with the overall economic slowdown, caused Georgia-Pacific's Big Island Mill to temporarily lay off 50 employees this week, according to Zoe Miles, public affairs manager for the plant.

  • The search begins for a new superintendent

    Bedford County voice their opinions on the type of person that they feel would be best suited to run the division. I think that will play a fairly big role in the board’s decision come next year.”

        The board hopes to have someone hired by early next year.

        “Ray and Associates is the firm we have hired to run this process for us,” Edwards said  “They are a professional firm that specializes in superintendent searches.”

  • Assessing the threat

    A threatening message found in the boys’ restroom at Jefferson Forest High School last week led to some tightened security Thursday, according to Ryan Edwards, public relations coordinator with Bedford County Public Schools.

        Edwards said the message that stated “I want to kill everyone on 11/20” was found on Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m. The statement had been written in a stall.

  • Bedford Ride's funding reduced

    Unlike the federal government, the Commonwealth of Virginia must have a balanced budget. Due to falling tax revenue, Gov. Tim Kaine used his executive authority to cut state spending to keep things in balance. Locally, Bedford Ride lost $7,600 in state funding.

        “Obviously, it’s not making it any easier,” said Ira Doom, Bedford Ride’s director.

  • Don't scrape 'em off yet

    What should you do with those city and county decals on your windshield now that both local governments have done away with them?

        “We are no longer selling or transferring them on anything,” said Becky Jones, Bedford County’s treasurer.

        But that doesn’t mean scrape them off — at least not yet.

        “We are asking people to leave them on their vehicles until March 31,” she said. “If you have one, leave it on.”

  • Health Fair deals with good hygiene

    Some students from Liberty University recently helped teach students at Big Island Elementary School good health and hygiene practices.

        Students worked through six stations set up by the LU guests, learning about topics such as body odor, bad breath and spit and saliva. This is the third year Liberty U physical education and health students have held the Health Fair at the school.

  • Supporting the cause

    Several area schools had students, faculty and administrators take it upon themselves to support the Passionately Pink for the Cure project held in October by raising funds and awareness with the hopes of ending breast cancer.

  • Eight charities benefit from home tour

    The Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour passed out checks for $15,000 to eight charities last week.

        The money was raised during the annual home tour held over three days in early October. People purchased $25 tickets to tour the interiors of elegant lake area houses volunteered by their owners. Eight houses were on this year’s tour.

        According to Marty Bowers, chairman of the home tour’s board, 1,800 people purchased tickets.

  • Bedford Postmaster retires after 30 years

    May Massie retired Friday after 30 years with the United States Postal service.

        Massie, a Big Island native, has been Bedford’s postmaster since 2001. Her postal career has kept her in this area and included a tour of duty as Big Island’s postmaster.

  • Training nursing assistants

    Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC) has a program that helps fill a healthcare need.