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Today's News

  • Fire destroys mobile home Monday

        Early Monday morning several county fire departments were called to a structure fire at Dawn Place in Chamblissburg. The call was received just before 4 a.m.
        A family of four was displaced by the fire and is being assisted by the Red Cross. The structure is likely a total loss, according to Fire Marshal Jeff Pauley.
        Fire investigators began their investigation Monday morning and were on the scene most of the day. No official cause of the fire had been released as of Tuesday morning.
     

  • Clinton, Trump win in Virginia

        Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton trounced Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in Virginia’s Democratic presidential primary election on Tuesday, and billionaire businessman Donald Trump narrowly defeated Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in the Republican contest.

  • Full pond day

        Smith Mountain Lake reached full pond for the first time on March 7, 1966. Monday, Smith Mountain Lake Park’s Discovery Center was packed with a standing-room only crowd to mark the 50th anniversary of the event.

        “Coming up to the Lake was always a big deal,” commented Fifth District Congressman Robert Hurt. Hurt is a Pittsylvania County native and Smith Mountain Lake figured in his childhood memories.

  • BSTC gets its own ambulance

        The Big Island Emergency Crew has donated a used ambulance to Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC).

        “It will be in daily use by the students,” said BSTC supervisor Kim Halterman.
        The school’s EMT students will not be running emergency calls in it. Students get real world experience on calls with actual rescue squads. The ambulance will be used as an amplification of classroom work.

  • Renovation nearly finished

        The renovation of the Bower Center should be done by late May or early June, according to Sara Braaten, the Center’s director.

  • Child’s illness leads to fight for funding

        Jake Russell was 3 years old when he started having pain in his leg.

        His parents initially thought he might have injured his leg in a fall so they took  him to the doctor. An initial exam revealed Jake didn’t have an infection and that there wasn’t any break.
        More tests were run and soon they realized the diagnosis was much worse.
        Jake had cancer – specifically Ewing’s sarcoma.

  • Requests exceed available money

        Bedford County’s supervisors are, once again, faced with more budget requests than they have money to pay for. 
        Susan Crawford, the county’s director of fiscal management, presented the supervisors with the budget that had requests that exceed current revenue highlighted in gray. For example, the Sheriff’s Office has requested 17 new vehicles. Seven of these were in the gray section. Each vehicle, fully equipped, will cost an average of $48,000.

  • Board to begin discussion of budget proposal

        Dr. Douglas Schuch presented the school board with a proposed budget of $101,282,991 for the next school year Thursday night. That’s $3,401,855 less than last year’s budget.
        But the school board will actually seek more local funding.
        How did that happen?

  • Norovirus outbreak closes Montvale Elementary for one day

        An outbreak of norovirus at Montvale Elementary led to a decision to close the school last Friday to prevent further spread of the virus and to allow for a thorough cleansing of the school building.
        The action appears to have worked. After having close to half of the school absent on Thursday, only 27 students were out of school on Monday.

  • Local projects receive tourism grant funds

        Two local events were among those that received matching fund grants announced this week by Governor Terry McAuliffe.
        In all, $812,000 in matching grant funds will be awarded to 39 local tourism initiatives as part of Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) Marketing Leverage Program. The grants are designed to help local and regional tourism entities attract more visitors by leveraging local marketing dollars and will ultimately impact at least 153 other statewide tourism entities.