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Today's News

  • 4-3 vote: close Thaxton Elementary

        On a 4-3 vote, the Bedford County School Board voted to close another school at the end of this school year; Thaxton Elementary joins Body Camp Elementary as the two schools slated to close.

        Before a packed room at the School Board Office Conference Room—and to the dismay of the Thaxton supporters attending the meeting—board members Gary Hostutler, Julie Bennington, Dr. John Hicks and Richard Downey voted to close the school with Kelly Harmony, Jason Johnson and Kevin Willis voting against the motion.

  • Spotlight on agriculture

        Todd Haymore, Virginia’s secretary of agriculture and forestry stopped by Bedford, Monday for Delegate Scott Garrett’s annual Spotlight on Agriculture breakfast.

  • Give 'em a "Ten"

     

    For three quarters, JF and Liberty played a classic.

    But, the saying isn't, "It was 

    36 minutes for the ages," it's "It was a game for the ages."

    This one nearly was.

    In the end, however, it was the machine that is the Jefferson Forest offense which drove the visitors to a 49-27 victory.

  • Drug collection unit provides safe disposal

        Residents in Bedford County now have a way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medications anytime they want.

        On Monday, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office unveiled a drug collection receptacle that has been placed in the outer lobby of the front entrance to the Sheriff’s Office, located at 1345 Falling Creek Rd. in Bedford. The receptacle was obtained through a partnership with CVS Pharmacy and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

  • AEHI founder indicted

    Donald L. Gillispie, 71, of Meridian, Idaho, and Jennifer R. Ransom, 40, of Meridian, Idaho, were indicted Nov. 13 by a federal grand jury sitting in Boise.

        Gillispie, a former Thaxton resident, began the nuclear power company, included in the indictment, in Bedford County.
        The defendants were charged with 14 counts of conspiracy, securities fraud, wire fraud, filing false tax returns, federal agents, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. An initial appearance is set for Gillispie this month.

  • Board OKs money for radios

        Bedford County’s supervisors voted unanimously last week to approve $600,000 to complete the purchase of radios that will be compatible with the new regional radio system. The supervisors had earlier approved $1.5 million for initial purchases.

  • Dancing the Virginia Reel

        Avenel featured an event that would have been familiar to the Burwell family — sort of.

        Odds are couples gathered many times, back 160 years ago, to dance the Virginia Reel in Avenel’s parlor.
        Saturday night, a sizable crowd from Bedford gathered to dance this historic dance with Woody and Marcia McKenzie providing the music. This couple plays traditional music, along with pieces they wrote.

  • Garrett speaks at Take Your Legislator To School week

        Delegate Scott Garrett spoke to Jefferson Forest High School’s government class, Friday, as part of Take Your Legislator to School week.

        Garrett began talking about Friday night’s football game, got them laughing, and then pointed out how this technique allowed him to get an audience’s attention and build rapport in eight seconds. He was then able to hold their attention through his presentation, tossing in humor and asking the students’ questions.

  • Jail sentence for man convicted of child endangerment charge

        Danny Craig Nichols Jr., 25 of Evington, entered guilty pleas, Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court, to possession of methamphetamine and child endangerment.
        According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Ayers, Nichols and his girlfriend share a 4-year-old child in common. Authorities found drug paraphernalia, in the single bedroom of the place he and his girlfriend were renting, which tested positive for meth.

  • Oulds enters plea

        Steve Malotey Oulds III, 54, of Lynchburg entered a no contest plea Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court, to a charge of involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence in connection with an accident that led to the death of James Dale Gunter.