Today's News

  • Organization provides counseling services for those who couldn’t otherwise afford it

    By Peter Sawyer

    Intern writer

        For more than 10 years, Couples and Kids has provided counseling services for the underinsured in the Central Virginia area.
        “We started out with one patient, and now we have served over 3,000,” Couples and Kids Executive Director Norma White said.

  • Man robs Apple Market in Bedford at gunpoint

     a black male who robbed the Apple Market convenience store at 407 N. Bridge St. in Bedford Wednesday night.

        The robbery occurred around 9 p.m., according to Bedford Police Chief Jim Day. He described the suspect as a black male, about 6 feet tall with a medium build. He was wearing dark clothing, gloves and a stocking cap that covered his face. Day said eye holes had been cut out of the stocking cap.

  • Bedford City Council opts for US 460 improvement

        Bedford City Council has decided it wants the Virginia Department of Transportation to make improvements to US 460, at the intersection of Ole Turnpike Drive and Woodhaven Drive its top priority in the city.

        During its meeting Tuesday, Council adopted a resolution directing VDOT to give the 460 West project the highest priority over all other projects that may be funded by VDOT within the city limits. 

  • Fatal accident in Bedford involves four vehicles

    One man died and three others were sent to the hospital following a four-vehicle accident on Independence Boulevard last Thursday.

        The accident occurred about 7 p.m. when a Dodge Neon driven by Jemuer Ortiz, 27, of Bedford, crossed the center line and into oncoming traffic while traveling south on the road, according to a release from the Bedford Police Department. The accident occurred near the Bank of the James.

  • Firefighter falls from attic to basement while responding to blaze at another firefighter’s home

        A fire in Huddleston last week sent one Bedford firefighter to the hospital, while working the fire at the home of a fellow firefighter.

        John Moore was accessing the attic of the home when the folding steps, located right over the top of a stairwell, gave way, sending him all the way down into the basement. Though he was sore and bruised, Moore didn’t break any bones and he was released after being checked out at Bedford Memorial Hospital.

  • Supervisors begin work on budget

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors began work on the next fiscal year’s budget with a look at the county’s revenue picture during a 5 p.m. work session, Monday.

  • Cuts school board members agree on so far

    • Closing Bedford Primary School, moving those students to Bedford Elementary and the sixth graders from that school to Bedford Middle School. Potential savings: $530,000.

        • Maintaining the current staffing standards, eliminating 23 positions. Potential savings: $1.17 million.

        • Eliminate B-Team sports at the middle schools. Potential savings: $56,000.

  • With fewer dollars to spend, School Board considers where money can be saved

    Eighth graders won't be moved to Jefferson Forest and Liberty High School next year, but other major changes to save money and balance the school budget appear to be coming.

        Among the possibilities gaining momentum from the Bedford County School Board:
        • Closing Bedford Primary School, moving those students to Bedford Elementary and the sixth graders from that school to Bedford Middle School;
        • Maintaining the current staffing standards, eliminating 23 positions;

  • Death ruled a homicide

    A 29-year-old Goode woman, accused of attacking her 77-year-old boyfriend last May at his home, could soon be facing a murder charge.

        Following the recent release of the medical examiner’s report ruling the death of William Herchenrider in August as a homicide, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Ayers said she plans to present an upgraded murder charge against Kristina Pongracz for the March grand jury to consider.

  • Waynesboro man remembers D-Day Memorial in his life—and his death

    Most people wouldn’t write a script for their own funeral. Most people wouldn’t be able to do it if they wanted to.