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Today's News

  • Oakes to be new principal at HES

        The Bedford County School Board has appointed Traci Oakes as the new principal of Huddleston Elementary School.
        Announcement of the appointment was made during Thursday’s meeting of the board.
        Oakes most recently served as assistant principal at Goodview Elementary School for the 2016-2017 school year. Prior to that she spent 21 years working for Franklin County Public Schools.

  • Fatal persuit: Goodview man in court

    HILLSVILLE – A Bedford County man facing charges related to the crash that killed a Carroll County deputy has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors and his two felony charges will go to a grand jury.

        Joseph Alan Lambert, 21, of Goodview, was being pursued by Carroll County authorities on the night of March 9. Deputy Curtis Bartlett was on his way to join the pursuit for Lambert, answering fellow deputies’ calls for help, when his patrol vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer. He died at the scene.

  • New contract

        On a 5-2 vote Thursday night, the Bedford County School Board agreed to a three-year contract for school superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch.
        The one year remaining on his current contract was terminated and he was then offered the three year contract extension through June 30, 2020.

  • Quilts in show brighten Bedford Library

    The Quilt Guild has, once again, brightened the Bedford Central Library with its annual quilt show. This is the Guild’s 21st show and the show features 80 quilts, quilted by the Guild’s  27 members.

        The show includes the opportunity to vote on your favorite quilt in each of several categories. Each quilt has a tag that gives its background.

  • Better hearing

        Thanks to the Foundation for Sight and Sound and the foundation’s manufacturing partner, ReSound, Marianna Atwell, a freshman at Liberty University (LU), received a pair of the company’s top-of-the-line smart hearing aids.

        These hearing aids normally cost $6,000, but Atwell got them for free.
        Atwell is currently a math major but she plans to alter her program to math  special education.
        “I want to teach math to deaf kids,” she said.

  • 60 years on the job

    When Tabitha King picked up the cake for a lunch that Scott and Bond was holding in Catherine Howell’s honor, the clerk who brought it out thought they had made a big mistake when she saw that it referred to 60 years of service.

         There was no mention of retirement, either. This couldn’t be right!
        But it was. Howell, who is 83, came to work for the agency on July 15, 1957. The lunch was held on July 15, 2017, to honor the anniversary.

  • 2-year-old taken to hospital; incident ruled accident

     

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    At 1:50 p.m. on Friday afternoon, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from the guard house at Georgia Pacific on Lee Jackson Highway in Big Island.

  • Buffer landscape committee makes presentations to two local groups

    By Rich Brager
    Buffer Landscape Committee Chairman

        The Buffer Landscape Committee is sponsored by Smith Mountain Lake Association and consists of about 15 dedicated volunteers. 
        Our objective is to educate SML residents so that we increase the number of properties using shoreline buffer landscaping techniques and promote the concept that landowners can have a beautiful lakefront while being environmentally sound.  Our mantra is: Slow the flow and filter the flow.

  • Pentagon budget immensely wasteful

        On June 21, USA Today published a story that barely registered a ripple in the American consciousness. The Pentagon had, over a decade, wasted about $28 million on snarky camouflage uniforms for Afghan military officers.
        The information came from a report by John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. He was not happy, especially when he noted that the Afghans could have been given uniforms for free that were already owned by our government.

  • Trump makes a deal

        It looks like President Donald Trump has made a deal with Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin on Syria during the two men’s first meeting. The two have agreed to a cease fire in Southwestern Syria. The ceasefire is intended to allow anti-government forces to concentrate of fighting Islamic State.
         It still remains to be seen if this cease fire holds. Previous cease fires have failed when Syrian forces attacked U. S. supported rebels.
         This time it may hold.