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Today's News

  • Personalized learning fair: Helping teachers teach everybody

        Bedford County Public Schools held a personalized learning fair, late last month, at the School Board Office Conference Room. The fair gave county teachers a chance to talk with 18 other teachers to get personalized learning classroom ideas.

        The teachers have been using Google Chromebook laptop computers to implement personalized learning.
        “We’re starting the transition to more personalized learning,” said Mel Taylor, a science teacher at Forest Middle School.

  • Hale receives 20 year sentence in abduction case

        Three months after abducting a Bedford County woman the first time, Willard Wayne Hale abducted the same woman again, causing numerous injuries to his victim. He will spend 11 years in prison as a result.
        Hale, 32, received 20 years in prison with nine years suspended on charges related to those actions, including two abduction charges, a malicious wounding charge and a bad check charge. He received one year jail sentences on misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and assault and battery.

  • Rape charges dismissed

        Rape and forcible sodomy charges against Christopher Morgan Pannell, 44, of Moneta, were dismissed after a bench trial Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court.
        The rape charge stemmed from a night of drinking and drugs on June 21. According to testimony, Cody Cox and Pannell picked up his accuser at her grandmother’s home that evening. She had  admitted to  a  romantic relationship with Cox that ended nine months earlier. Pannell had never seen her before.

  • Bedford FD honors its firefighters

        The Bedford Volunteer Fire Department marked some milestones last month.

  • The valve is truned: the water is flowing

    Town and county officials, along with members of the Bedford Regional Water Authority’s board of directors, held a valve turning ceremony just off Va. 43, across Smith Street from Calvary Baptist Church, Thursday afternoon.

        The ceremony was like a combination grand opening and ground breaking. There was a ribbon cutting and then representatives of the county, the town, and the Water Authority used  a T-handled wrench, painted gold, to open the valve.

  • He’s tops in concrete

    Yesterday the American Concrete Institute, at its World of Concrete convention in Las Vegas, named the four most influential people in concrete construction in the world.

        One of them, Steve Lloyd, lives in Bedford County. Lloyd owns Lloyd Concrete Services, located in Rustburg. It started out in 1985 with five employees — all five still work for the company  —  and now has 88. The company has done major jobs in 28 states.

  • 'You have to sleep at night' — BPD officer

        Looking back on what they did on Jan. 18, Sergeant Levi Poole and Josh Peltier reacted the way many men who have done something very brave do—they were just doing their job.

        Poole said anybody on Bedford’s police force would have done it. Peltier notes that you have to be able to sleep at night.

  • Dancing for a cause

        “It’s something I’m willing to go up and embarrass myself for,” commented Barrett Leitz, a journeyman electrician.

  • Welch in court Tuesday

        A Bedford Circuit Court Judge has ruled statements Lloyd Lee Welch made to investigators during a series of interviews about the disappearance of two sisters from a Maryland mall in 1975 can be used at his murder trial, scheduled for April.
        On Tuesday, Judge James Updike denied a motion by Welch’s lawyers to suppress the statements. His attorney, Anthony Anderson, argued that the statements were made as part of an immunity agreement between Welch and investigators.

  • Montvale man convicted of felony child neglect

        The father of a young child, charged with felony child neglect because the child was found outside near a highway unattended, will spend 40 days in jail following his conviction on the charge Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court.
         Nicholas Terry Grooters, 27, pleaded no contest to the charge and was sentenced to three years in prison, with all but the 40 days in jail suspended.


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