Today's News

  • Two special victories

        Once again, “Democrats” did not do well in an election.

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    Cutting costs

        If there’s anything good about the struggling economy over the past few years, it’s that government is learning to operate with fewer dollars. It’s no longer business as usual and those who spend taxpayers’ dollars are having to learn to do more with less. In many cases that has meant thinking outside of the box.

  • Mill Iron Grill

    For nearly two years Candice Cooper and her husband Steve Schroeder poured their hearts, soul and sweat into renovating a building to open their restaurant.

  • Guard infantry battalion recognized for service in Iraq

    By Cotton Puryear
    Virginia Department of Military Affairs

        Gov. Bob McDonnell presented the Virginia Governor’s National Service Medal to soldiers from the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Brigade Combat Team during the unit’s Freedom Salute held Jan. 9 in Roanoke to honor their service in Iraq. The battalion returned in August 2010 after arriving in Iraq since early March.

  • Board considers having security at meetings

    With recent acts of violence toward public officials making national news, Bedford County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch asked members of the school board Thursday if they would like to start having security present at their meetings.

        “A lot of boards are doing this, just as a precautionary presence,” Dr. Schuch told the board. “I feel safe here and always have.”

  • Man pleads guilty to abduction

    A Bedford man pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in Bedford County Circuit Court, to two felony abduction charges.

        According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock, John Charles Lavra, 52, went to the home of a Bedford County woman on August 5 and prevented the woman and her daughter from leaving the premises for several hours.

  • Hurt gets to work representing the Fifth District

    “It’s great to be here,” commented Congressman Robert Hurt in a phone interview last week.

        Hurt had just completed his first week representing Virginia’s 5th Congressional District in the House of Representatives as part of the 112th Congress. The new Congress was sworn in on Jan. 5.
        He sees getting spending under control as a critical issue for the new Congress, as well as a daunting task. Part of what makes it daunting is what the previous Congress did, or rather, didn’t do, he said.

  • Shifflett back in court

    Deborah Shifflett’s defense attorney withdrew a subpoena for documents related to her embezzlement case after conceding that those documents don’t exist.

        Webster Hogeland, defense attorney for Shifflett, and Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz argued the issue during a motions hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court, Tuesday morning.

  • Bedford County Public Schools stands to lose millions in state funding

    Dealing with the next fiscal year’s budget is set to take center stage for the Bedford County School Board and two speakers at last Thursday’s meeting urged the board to consider teacher salaries when crafting the 2011-2012 spending plan.

        Kristina Karnes, a Staunton River Middle School teacher, told board members that while she didn’t envy the job before them in crafting the budget, she said they need to consider giving teachers a raise, because they’ve gone several years without one.

  • Board looks at staggering start time of schools

    In an effort to save money, the Bedford County School Board is considering altering the start times of schools next year, allowing some buses to double up on the routes they run each day.

        Under the proposal being considered, elementary schools would start about 30 minutes earlier (7:55 a.m.) than the current school day which begins at 8:25 a.m. The day would end at 2:35 p.m.; the current day ends at 3:05 p.m.