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Today's News

  • Farewell to a great outdoorsman

    They say it’s not what you take when you go, but what you leave behind.

    In that case, Richard “Earl” Stinson left behind plenty.

  • Inge preps for campaign

    Brandon Inge’s Spanish has gotten a lot better since he roamed the baseball diamonds of our area.

  • BMS student wins regional Spelling Bee

    Amelia Wentzel continues to show that practice pays off.

        Having won the Bedford County Spelling Bee last month, Wentzel won the Roanoke region competition Saturday. The 13-year-old Bedford Middle School eighth grader will now represent the region at the Scripps National Spelling Bee later this spring.

        She defeated 18 other school district spelling champions en route to winning The Roanoke Times 37th annual Spelling Bee.

  • Jobs brought them together, music is the key

    Though most of the members of the band Solrevolt have a common background in law enforcement, it’s their music that is the binding factor — not their job.

        In other words, according to band member Rick Drewery, their jobs might have brought them together, but the music is what really matters. And now they have produced their own CD.

  • Man faces more charges after incident at jail

    A Bedford County man, already charged with  attempted capital murder against a police officer, now faces additional charges of attempted malicious wounding and felony assault after an alleged incident at the Bedford Adult Detention Center on March 5.

  • Breaking: Arrests made in death investigation of body found in James River

    Three Waynesboro residents have been charged with conspiracy to commit first degree murder in connection with the death of a Churchville man found dead in the James River March 7.

        Bedford and Augusta County deputies arrested the three suspects today (Wednesday, March 17)  in connection with the death investigation that was initiated when the body of a then-unidentified male was found in the James River at the Snowden Bridge in Big Island. 

  • Carriage Hill undergoes changes

        Carriage Hill is now under new management.

        T. J. M. Properties, of Clearwater, Fla., purchased the retirement community last year. According to Chris Davis, Carriage Hill’s executive director, T. J. M. specializes in assisted living, skilled care and independent living facilities. He said that facilities like Carriage Hill are the heart of what the company does. It currently has 11 facilities and acquiring Carriage Hill was the beginning of an expansion into Virginia. He anticipates having two more by the end of the year.

  • Taking the reins at BMH

    Bedford Memorial Hospital’s new CEO is a familiar face. Patti Jurkus, who took the helm on Feb. 1, first came to Bedford Memorial in December, 1988.

        “I started in human resources,” she said.

        During her time at the hospital, she went back to school and earned her bachelor of science degree in management and development from Bluefield College. Then, she earned her MBA from Liberty University.

  • Council hears budget requests

    Representatives from several local organizations made their pitch to Bedford City Council last Tuesday asking that funding for them be included in the city’s upcoming budget.

        Dan Plattus, office manager of Bedford Main Street, listed numerous changes that the organization has undergone since last year, including a new Web site, a new brand for Centertown — the Bedford Art and Antique District — a new event (2nd Fridays) and a more coordinated effort of downtown merchants working together.

  • State budget still cuts education, health care, public safety

    RICHMOND – After much deliberation, the General Assembly has passed a two-year $82 billion budget that cuts spending on education, health care and public safety to bridge a $4 billion shortfall.

        But the cuts aren’t expected to hit the local school budget as much as originally anticipated.

        “Many previous unimaginable cuts would be necessary to produce a balanced budget,” said Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple of Arlington, who chairs the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus.