Today's News

  • Firefighter falls from attic to basement while responding to blaze at another firefighter’s home

        A fire in Huddleston last week sent one Bedford firefighter to the hospital, while working the fire at the home of a fellow firefighter.

        John Moore was accessing the attic of the home when the folding steps, located right over the top of a stairwell, gave way, sending him all the way down into the basement. Though he was sore and bruised, Moore didn’t break any bones and he was released after being checked out at Bedford Memorial Hospital.

  • Supervisors begin work on budget

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors began work on the next fiscal year’s budget with a look at the county’s revenue picture during a 5 p.m. work session, Monday.

  • Cuts school board members agree on so far

    • Closing Bedford Primary School, moving those students to Bedford Elementary and the sixth graders from that school to Bedford Middle School. Potential savings: $530,000.

        • Maintaining the current staffing standards, eliminating 23 positions. Potential savings: $1.17 million.

        • Eliminate B-Team sports at the middle schools. Potential savings: $56,000.

  • With fewer dollars to spend, School Board considers where money can be saved

    Eighth graders won't be moved to Jefferson Forest and Liberty High School next year, but other major changes to save money and balance the school budget appear to be coming.

        Among the possibilities gaining momentum from the Bedford County School Board:
        • Closing Bedford Primary School, moving those students to Bedford Elementary and the sixth graders from that school to Bedford Middle School;
        • Maintaining the current staffing standards, eliminating 23 positions;

  • Death ruled a homicide

    A 29-year-old Goode woman, accused of attacking her 77-year-old boyfriend last May at his home, could soon be facing a murder charge.

        Following the recent release of the medical examiner’s report ruling the death of William Herchenrider in August as a homicide, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Ayers said she plans to present an upgraded murder charge against Kristina Pongracz for the March grand jury to consider.

  • Waynesboro man remembers D-Day Memorial in his life—and his death

    Most people wouldn’t write a script for their own funeral. Most people wouldn’t be able to do it if they wanted to.

  • Fatal accident in Bedford involves four vehicles

    Last night (Thursday, Feb. 10) at about 7 p.m., a Dodge Neon driven by Jemuer Ortiz, 27, crossed the center line and into oncoming traffic while traveling south on Independence Boulevard, according to a release from the Bedford Police Department.
    Ortiz’s vehicle first struck a 1997 Toyota driven by Sarah Owsley, 24. Her vehicle left the roadway and overturned. Ortiz’s vehicle continued on to strike a 2008 Toyota driven by Betty McDaniel, 71. McDaniel’s vehicle was then struck in the rear by a 1997 Nissan driven by Rodney Whittler.

  • Community events and Calendar (week of Feb. 9, 2011)

    Sign-ups and notices

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

    Senior programming opportunities to be discussed

  • Church News (week of Feb. 9, 2011)


    Empowering relationships seminar
        Eastlake Community Church in Moneta is sponsoring the Family Foundations video seminar titled Empowering Relationships on February 18-19.  This seminar focuses on improving one's relationship with family, friends, coworkers and others.  Anyone who has suffered a broken marriage, an unsuccessful career or a general lack of happiness will find comfort and healing in this seminar.  Enrollment is limited.  Call Dr. Gary Jones at 297-2273 for registration information.

  • Sports Commentary: MMXI troubles

      That was a nice Super Bowl, wasn’t it?