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Today's News

  • School sets new record

    Twice delayed by snow, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School finally held its Jump Rope for Heart last week.

        The event set a new school record raising a grand total of $14,832. A grandmother wrote a last minute check that put them over the top, according to Sue   Moore,   the   physical   education teacher who coordinates the program.

  • State champ: All-beef Patti

        The Wizard of Oz and Cinderella had happy endings that involved special shoes.  Jordan Patti can relate.
        The Staunton River shot putter arrived at the State meet seeded third.  He also arrived without the shoes he wears for throwing the iron.

  • Protecting the community

        They put their lives on the line; they saved lives.

        On Monday, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office passed out honors recognizing deputies for their work over the past year. Five of them were for distinguished service and four deputies in this group had to use deadly force last year. The distinguished service awards recognized actions done to protect the safety of the innocent.

  • School budget goes to the county

        The Bedford County School Board had few changes to make in Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch’s proposed $106.5 million budget for 2015-2016.
        Now comes the difficult part—selling the budget to the County Board of Supervisors.
        Dr. Schuch, Board Chairman Gary Hostutler and Chief Financial Officer Randy Hagler will try to do just that during a work session Monday night with the supervisors.

  • Training parents, educators

        Late last year Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown read an article about a teenager who killed herself after being bullied online.
        That led to a partnership announced this week to help parents and educators learn how to stop this problem.
        On Monday Sheriff Brown joined the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) and the Safe Surfin’ Foundation (SSF) to announce the release of cyberbullying training.
        Brown said cyberbullying goes across both genders.

  • Town raises penalty for misuse of town’s dumpsters

    Bedford has a law that limits who can dump household refuse in the town’s solid waste containers and what they can dump in them.
        A unanimous vote by Bedford Town Council last week raised the cost of breaking this law. The increase in the fines was prompted by widespread abuse of the town’s public dumpsters by people who are not town residents or who are dumping prohibited items.

  • Bower Center begins fundraising challenge

        The Bower Center is embarking on a fundraising project in which 48 people will raise $48,000 in 48 days.

        According to Marjory Milligan, who is organizing the project, the money is going to be used to replace windows. The windows in question, while not historic, are old enough that they are creating both an expense for the Bower Center and a discomfort issue for people attending the Center’s programs.
        “They leak air,” Milligan said.

  • YMCAs add to their facilities

        Two expansions at the Bedford Area Family YMCA will enhance the Y’s services to the community.

        “We increased all of our cardio equipment,” said Mary-Evelyn Sellars, branch manager of the Y’s Moneta branch.

  • Colgan guilty in murder for hire scheme

        Kevin Christopher Colgan had made references last year on Facebook to wanting to have his estranged wife killed.

        But on June 18, 2014, when he met with an undercover officer that he thought was a hit man, those inferences turned into solicitation.
        That meeting, and a second the following day, led to his arrest and Tuesday morning Colgan, after pleading no contest to the charge of solicitation to commit murder, was found guilty of the charge by Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike.

  • Lady M-Men hit the road

        The Liberty girls’ basketball team hit the road on Tuesday for the longest ride of their careers.
        In the opening round of the Region 4A-West playoffs, the Lady Minutemen were to travel to Abingdon.
        For those of you who don’t have the travel bug, Abingdon is located 163 miles from Bedford.  That’s 326 miles round-trip.