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Today's News

  • Pit bulls attack Bedford man

    A 62-year-old Bedford man was attacked by several pit bulls in an incident last Tuesday that required the victim to be airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital because of the extent of his wounds.

    Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday from a woman reporting that four dogs had attacked her husband at 1298 Old Country Road. Bedford County Animal Control Deputies and the Moneta Rescue Squad responded to the address, according to the report from the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

  • BMH marks National Heart Month with event

    February is National Heart Month and Bedford Memorial Hospital is marking it with a special luncheon for women.

    The emphasis on women is because heart attack symptoms in a woman are often quite different from those a man experiences. Connie Messier, vice president and program chairman of Bedford's Mended Hearts, knows all about this.

    "I had a heart attack in January of 1996," Messier said.

    It took some time to realize that that is what was happening. The pain was not in her chest.

    "It was all in my jaw," she said.

  • Teacher pay raises dominate budget discussions

    Teacher salaries have taken center stage of early budget discussions by the Bedford County School Board.

    Last Friday board members took a look at several scenarios in which they could increase salaries in an effort to make the county's pay scale more competitive with surrounding districts. A study conducted by school staff shows that currently Bedford County pays about 5.3 percent less on average than the surrounding jurisdictions. The county ranks near the bottom of the pay scale in comparison with surrounding districts.

  • Stu Tinney to speak at Smith Mountain Striper Club

    One of the 100 Living Legends of American Sport Fishing is coming to the area for a visit.

  • Fire department holds annual banquet

    The Bedford Volunteer Fire Department gave itself a well-deserved pat on the back this past weekend as it held its annual awards banquet at the Bedford Welcome Center.

    Chief Russell Stevens gave his report for 2007 that included some significant statistics. The BVFD handled 898 calls over the course of the year that involved 10,000 man hours. The calls included 88 fires and 317 EMS runs.

    The chief also proudly pointed to the great amount of training that the members have undertaken in the past year to improve their proficiency.

  • Staunton River vs Forest looms large. Minettes get win

    In what is shaping up to be one of the more critical games of the season, Staunton River will travel to Forest to take on the Lady Cavs this Friday evening.

    If not for Brookville, these two would be battling it out at the top for Seminole supremacy. However, until someone steps up to show otherwise, the Bees are clearly at the top of the heap. Brookville has already beaten Staunton River twice this season (only once in Seminole play, the other came in the Byrd tournament), while the Bees dispatched Forest just before the break.

  • Liberty boys nail Forest in roundball

    It appears that half a game of expertise is greater than a full game of hustle.

    Liberty finally got it into gear after the intermission and went on to beat county rival Jefferson Forest by as score of 61-47. The victory broke a string of two straight years in which the Minutemen lost at Forest.

    That streak appeared to have a good chance of being extended. Cav Todd tenPas hit two straight layups near the end of the first half to bring the Cavs within two points and the momentum seemed to be with Forest.

  • Staunton River boys fall to Amherst

    Amherst Head Coach Eddie Carter was facing a very long year. It took a trip to his old stomping ground to give him a boost.

    Carter, who the long-time former hoops coach at Staunton River, led his Lancers to their first Seminole District win of the season, topping the Eagles by the score of 58-49.

    However, it was a hard-fought victory. "That's the hardest win I've gotten in my lifetime," said Carter, who coached the Eagles throughout most of the 1990s.

  • Sorry, 'the surge' isn' really working

    Americans who continue to support the Iraq War are still a definite minority in this country, a status they've held since 2005. But they've been crowing quite a bit lately over the alleged success of "the surge," George W. Bush?s decision to send more troops there after the 2006 elections.

  • Republicans need a leader

    Hillary Clinton pulled out a narrow victory over Barack Obama in New Hampshire last week. Both campaigns remain well financed and competitive and it appears unlikely that anybody will have a headlock on the "Democratic" nomination after the Feb. 5 mega primary.