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Today's News

  • Owner forfeits horses to county

    The Bedford County man accused of animal cruelty has agreed to forfeit all but one of his 24 horses to Bedford County,

        On March 30, Gary Chisom, 51, was arrested by a Bedford County Animal Control deputy and charged with animal cruelty. Last week animal control deputies executed a search warrant at 304 Stewart St. in Bedford County, as part of an ongoing investigation with the case.

  • Stimulus funding provides chance to weatherize home

    A program to help area residents weatherize their homes has received a financial boost from the $800 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed earlier this year. Now local officials are trying to let residents know they might be eligible for help.

        Normally classified as a low-income program, the weatherization initiative, with the help of the stimulus funding, is now being made available to more residents.

  • Paid staff

    Bedford County rescue squad members are looking for help.

        Volunteers with area squads turned out Monday night to ask the Bedford County Board of Supervisors to provide paid staff to supplement the volunteer squads.

        According to Richard Downey, president of the Bedford County Association of Rescue Squads, the supervisors’ fire and rescue committee has a proposal before them for additional career paramedics to staff ambulances. The committee consists of District 4 Supervisor John Sharp and District 7 Supervisor Gary Lowry.

  • BCSO investigates animal cruelty case

    On Monday around 7:30 a.m., Bedford County Sheriff’s Animal Control deputies executed a search warrant at 304 Stewart St. in Bedford County, as part of an ongoing investigation involving animal cruelty.

        The search warrant specifically was looking into the deprivation of horses by Gary Chisom, the owner of the horses, according to Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office. 

  • Garden club celebrates 80th anniversary

        The Blue Ridge Garden Club celebrated its 80th anniversary with a luncheon and plant sale that drew 200 people.

        The lunch and plant sale is an annual event, something the club has done for 50 years. The lunch menu has changed little over the years and, as usual, everything was made by club members, including the biscuits for the ham biscuits. Members sign up every year as to what they will make and most have a specialty.

  • Copper has helped many over the years

    “How much do you think of this horse?”

        Lauri Bach, of Many Blessings Farm, braced herself for some bad news when a veterinarian asked her this question last month. The horse in question is named Copper – he got his name due to his color. He means a great deal to Bach for several reasons.

        To begin with, he was an 8-year-old girl’s dream. He was 2 years old when they bought him for their daughter, Lindsay, who had just turned 8.

  • Lacrosse will have to wait at JF

        Students hoping to have lacrosse as a varsity sport at Jefferson Forest High School next spring will have to wait at least one more year following a vote by the Bedford County School Board Thursday night.

        On a 5-3 vote, the board voted down a motion to add the sport for next year. Three board members in the JF district — David Black, Gary Hostutler and Julie Bennington — voted in favor of the motion while Mickey VanDerwerker, Debbie Hoback, Joy Wright, Shirley McCabe and David Vaden cast the votes defeating it.

  • Medlin to challenge Putney

    Lewis Medlin announced last week, at a gathering in Thaxton, that he’s making another run at the 19th House of Delegates seat as the Democratic Party nominee.

         He lives in Stewartsville and is vice-president of E-Z Mount Bracket Company, located in Montvale, which he co-founded with his father, Lewis B. Medlin Sr. The business has a 10,000 square foot facility that makes 23 different bracket designs used primarily by the electrical industry. The company has 15 U. S. patents.

  • Bees: A critical link

    A phenomenon which threatens our very food supply has, apparently, come to Bedford County.

        Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD, has been wiping out hives of honeybees in other parts of the country.  The causes of CCD are still being debated, but its impact is undoubtedly harsh.

         A colony that has been affected by CCD is essentially eliminated.  All that remains are some doomed young bees, the queen and some brood.

  • Sexting cases hit Bedford schools

    “Sexting,” a growing nationwide problem that involves using cell phones to transmit sexually explicit pictures, has cropped into Bedford County schools and four Staunton River High School students now face criminal charges as a result.