Today's News

  • Concussion evidence will be allowed at trial

        Expert testimony on the effect a concussion allegedly had on a Forest man’s behavior will be allowed at his hearing.
        Judge James Updike made that ruling last week at a motions hearing; Assistant Com-monwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock had filed a motion to exclude the testimony. Wheelock questioned whether a concussion qualifies as a mental defect or mental disease.
        Corey Bauer, 33, is charged with felonious assault on an officer.

  • Students celebrate National FFA Week

        Thursday morning, Buddy the calf became the center of attention for the Liberty High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) students.

        And he seemed to enjoy the attention.
        Buddy was the star of the show for the FFA’s “Cow Plop” fundraiser. The students had sold tickets to those wanting to buy a block in Buddy’s pin. Whichever ticket-holder’s block Buddy plopped in first, would win the raffle.

  • PC recommends approval of special use permit for B&B

        A bed and breakfast and commercial feed lots dominated a planning commission meeting last week.
        The planning commission unanimously recommended a special use permit for a bed and breakfast that Bill and Anneliese Piatt requested. This permit will clear up a technical violation of the zoning ordinance.

  • Moneta rescue expanding crew hall

    Moneta Rescue Squad’s crew hall was just fine when it was originally built, but it finally reached the point of being marginally adequate.
        John Singer, captain of the Moneta Rescue Squad, notes one issue — the width of the ambulance bays — as an example. Ambulances were a lot smaller 40 years ago. Today ambulances have one inch to spare on each side when they pull out.
        Another issue is the lack of insulation. Singer said it’s a cinderblock building with no insulation at all.

  • Cash takes position with Roanoke Co.

        When Sheldon Cash first started working for Bedford County as its solid waste coordinator in 1999, he was asked to commit to three years. The “three years” will end this week, 15 years later.

        Cash will start work this coming Monday as Roanoke County’s assistant director of general services. This Roanoke County department handles solid waste, county buildings and fleet services.

  • Amtrak won't stop here

        Though passenger rail service will be traveling through Bedford, it's not going to stop here. Anyone wanting to travel on the expanded Amtrak rail service will have to go to a new station in Roanoke or the existing Lynchburg stop to catch a ride.
        Government officials in Bedford and Bedford County had hoped to convince officials from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) to place a station in Bedford, but received a letter last week stating that won't happen.

  • FMS student wins County Bee

        This wasn't Yoomin Hwang's first spelling bee, but it was the first time she had participated in one while living in the United States. And she was a little nervous.

  • Opening new cell at landfill will cost $8M

    “I would really appreciate one budget session where we got all good news,” commented Board of Supervisors Chairman John Sharp.
        The bad news they got, Monday evening, is that the landfill will need to close the cell it is using and open a new one in 2018. It will cost an estimated $8 million, but the solid waste department has only accumulated $3.7 million in its capital fund for that purpose.
        How did that happen?

  • Boys basketball lays a collective gander egg


    Liberty's season lasted exactly two days longer than did Jefferson Forest's and Staunton River's.

    That's only because the Minutemen had an opening bye in conference playoff action.

    All three local teams were felled in their first-ever games in their respective conferences.

    All three losses, however, came at the hands of foes with which the teams are intimately familiar.

  • Women's basketball teams lay collective goose egg


    In one, a Bedford County team was the underdog.  In another, a local crew was the favorite.  In a third, it appeared to be a toss-up.

    None of that mattered as Jefferson Forest, Liberty and Staunton River absorbed losses in their first games of the post-season.

    Jefferson Forest lost to powerful Bassett.  Liberty was upended by a Rustburg team it had beaten twice this season.  Staunton River lost in a match of evenly matched teams, when it fell to Alleghany.

    Woulda, shoulda, coulda.