Local News

  • Let the shopping begin

    Dire economic news doesn’t appear to be changing most people’s Christmas shopping plans in this area.


        “Overall, the year has been pretty decent,” said Jim Messier, owner of Arthur’s Jewelry.


        Messier said that, as Christmas approaches, traffic to his store has been normal. He attributes this to his regular clientele and keeping customers happy.


  • Remaining charges dropped against Bedford man

    A Bedford man, acquitted in September on three felony sex offense accounts, won’t face any more trials on the remaining nine charges he faced. He will, however, spend more than three years in prison on a domestic felony assault and battery conviction.

  • County Nursing Home rates rise

        The daily rates that Bedford County Nursing Home residents pay will go up, but not as much as originally advertised.

        According to County Administrator Kathleen Guzi, Medicaid will reimburse the county at a higher daily room rate than what the supervisors set earlier this year. Without raising the room rate the nursing home stood to lose $75,000 in Medicaid money. The supervisors had set a daily rate of $155 for a semi-private room, $160 for a private room with a shared bathroom and $169 for a private room.

  • Earnest’s trial delayed until June

    The murder trial of a Moneta man accused of killing his wife last December in Forest has been delayed until June.


        Wesley Brian Earnest, 38, has been charged with first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, in connection with the Dec. 19, 2007, death of his estranged wife Jocelyn Earnest at her home.


  • Driving smart for two

    He stands 5 feet 1 inch high and also that wide. His body is 8 feet 8 inches long, just big enough to legally carry two adults.

        He has a 5-star crash rating, utilizing the best technology NASCAR has to share and was born last December in Hambach, France. He has a Mitsubishi heart and a Mercedes soul.

        Though limited in size he loves driving the roads and has a top speed of 90 miles per hour, and according to his owners, Ed and Yolanda Adams, he’s one happy car and loves everything about America’s roads but the potholes.

  • 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.”