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Today's News

  • Grand Award nominees named

    Following a year of superb accomplishments both on the field of play and in the classroom, select student-athletes will be duly honored.

  • Elementary Teacher of the Year

        Vicky Putt believes she was picked to be a teacher as a child.
        “I started doing teaching kinds of things as a little girl,” Putt said. “I can’t imagine doing anything else. It’s what I was meant to do.”

  • Investigators look for leads in Forest shooting

        A shooting Thursday afternoon at a Forest home, that caused four schools and several businesses to go on lockdown, is still under investigation with few new details, according to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

        The lockdowns lasted for more than an hour. At that time Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown believed the area was clear and safe, but said area residents should continue to be careful.

  • SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE BOATERS ADVISED OF MISSING NAVIGATION MARKER

    ROCKY MOUNT, Va., May 27, 2011 –   For the second time in less than a week a boater has destroyed a navigation marker in an active area of Smith Mountain Lake.
            Boaters should be aware that the R-16 marker will be missing during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The marker was located near Smith Mountain Lake State Park in what is known as the S-Curve, a high traffic area on the reservoir.

  • Deborah Shifflett enters pleas in embezzlement case

    The Hardy Volunteer Fire Department can soon begin recouping some of the more than $150,000 prosecutors say were embezzled from it for more than two decades by its long-time fire chief Jeffrey Shifflett.

    Following no contest pleas entered in Bedford County Circuit Court Friday afternoon by Deborah Shifflett, Jeffrey Shifflett's wife, to misdemeanor charges related to the case, the fire department can now gain access to the items purchased with those stolen department funds and begin selling them to help repay debts incurred under Jeffrey Shifflett's leadership.

  • Lockdown update: Investigators look for suspect in Forest shooting

    A shooting Thursday afternoon at a Forest home, that caused four schools and several businesses to go on lockdown, is continuing into the evening, according to Bedford Sheriff Mike Brown.
    The lockdowns were lifted in the area around 3:30 p.m., but area residents should continue to be careful, Brown said at a news conference Thursday.
    “Just take precautions,” he said. He said if anyone suspicious is spotted, residents should immediately call 911. He added that residents should keep their cars and homes locked.

  • Cinema Church: EastLake Community Church opens new venue in WestLake

    EastLake Community Church has already gone to the grocery store; this week it’s going to the movie theater.
    This Sunday, May 29, at 10:30 a.m. EastLake Cinema Church will hold its first service at the WestLake Cinema.
    “Simply put the impetus for this ministry is a desire to proclaim the gospel as broadly and effectively as we can,” stated EastLake Community Church Pastor Troy Keaton.
    The service, which will be held in one of the theaters at WestLake Cinema, will feature praise and worship, led by a worship team there, as well as a sermon, via video, on the big screen.

  • Community Events and Calendar (week of May 25, 2011)

    Sign-ups and notices

    For information of events and activities at area churches, see the church news section in this week's paper.

    3rd Annual Summer Health Camp for Teens 11-16
    June 13– 17,  Health Careers and Wellness Camp. Bedford Memorial Hospital, 1613 Oakwood St, Bedford, VA 24523. Fee: $30. Call 540-587-3308 for Registration by May 1. Space is limited.
    Camps are made possible through continued financial support from the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, and donations from BMH Volunteers.

    Senior lunch trips

  • Church news (week of May 25 2011)

    Notices

    Family and Friends Celebration
    Sharon Missionary Baptist Church, Big Island, where the Rev. Dennis W. Moody is pastor will be having a Family and Friends Celebration on Saturday, May 28, there will be a Community Sing Fellowship at noon, rain or shine. The event includes worship, fellowship, fun and games. On Sunday, May 29, there will be a Family Day of Worship. The morning worship service is at 10:45 a.m. with guests Pastor Moody and SMBC Mass Choir. Dinner will follow the morning worship. Contact the church office at (434) 299-5151 for more information.

  • Lockdown update: Investigation ongoing into shooting in Forest area

    A shooting Thursday afternoon at a Forest home, that caused four schools and several businesses to go on lockdown, is continuing into the evening, according to Bedford Sheriff Mike Brown.
    The lockdowns were lifted in the area around 3:30 p.m., but area residents should continue to be careful, Brown said at a news conference Thursday.
    “Just take precautions,” he said. He said if anyone suspicious is spotted, residents should immediately call 911. He added that residents should keep their cars and homes locked.