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Today's News

  • Dropout rates of local high school students affect our community and nation

    How would your life be different if you had not finished high school?

    Would you have the same job?ee marriage?ee security? For some people in our community, this is not a “what if” situation; it is reality. They have dropped out of school and are now in very difficult situations. What can we do to help those who have dropped out of school achieve the skills they need to succeed in society, and how can we motivate those who are in school to stay in and graduate?

  • Many Christians abandon right-wing politics

    The 2008 presidential race might be the first one in a while that hasn’t been decided by what we’ve previously known as “the religious right.” Many signs exist to suggest that those two words just don’t go together as well as they once did.

  • Rev. Jeremiah Wrong

    I can understand why Rick Howell believes that the national news media is obsessed with Jeremiah Wright and that this obsession is absurd. Mr. Howell is a member of the Roanoke City "Democratic" Committee and Barack Obama is the likely "Democratic" presidential nominee.

    He made an apples-and-oranges comparison which contrasted news coverage of the Rev. Wright's connection to Obama with John Hagee's endorsement of John McCain. There is no comparison.

  • Did you hear?

    'Nine for now' update

    For those who read last week's story "Nine for now" I wanted to give an update I received from Mike Poff this week.

    Mike said there is new news.

    "Pam is expecting," the father of seven wrote in an email. "Go figure! Eight will be great and 10 is the end."

    Congratulations to the Poffs on this update for their family.

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    Original 'Beale Papers' sold

    <*P><*J>Bedford historian Peter Viemeister stopped by the office to provide this update on the "Beale Papers."

  • Woman granted bond in shooting case

    On the day she turned 47 years old Sandra Faye Campbell of Thaxton was granted bond by Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike.

    Campbell had been held without bond prior to last Thursday's hearing since her arrest in connection with the shooting of a Bedford County man in January. Campbell is one of three defendants charged with aggravated malicious wounding and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in connection with the shooting of Jesse Phillips at Campbell's home off Thaxton School Road.

  • Junior ROTC unit honors cadet achievement

    Bedford County's Army Junior ROTC program recognized outstanding cadets at a banquet last week. The program has been headed by Major William Brown and Sergeant Major Charles Green since its inception more than a decade ago. The awards are presented by various civic and military groups.

  • Man dies at construction site

    At 10:56 a.m. last Thursday, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call advising that a Hispanic man had fallen at a construction site on Whispering Springs Court, which is in the Farmington subdivision off Perrowville Road in Forest.

    Bedford County Sheriff?s investigators and rescue units were dispatched to the scene and the victim died at the scene. The medical examiner was contacted and the body was transported to the Chief Medical Examiner?s Office in Roanoke for an autopsy. Officials from the Virginia Department of Labor were also on the scene.

  • SRMS, SRHS principals retiring after three decades of service

    After three decades of service in education, Staunton River Middle School Principal Linwood Roberts and Staunton River High School Principal Michael Kelly will be retiring from the Bedford County School System at the end of this school year.

    But they won't be leaving the work force. Each is ready to step into new vocations as of July 1.

    Kelly has spent the past 19 years with Bedford County Schools, following 11 spent as a teacher in Campbell County. He began his teaching career working with students with disabilities in 1978.

  • Resident challenges use of property

    According to Ruby Wells Dooley, Bedford County is violating the terms of an 1832 deed, using the property it owns in violation of that deed.

    "I have in front of me a copy of the 1832 deed and plat," Dooley commented, speaking before the Bedford County Board of Supervisors at its Monday night regular meeting.

    The deed, dated Aug. 25, 1832, records the sale of 283.25 acres of land to the county. The county nursing home and group home, the Sheriff's office, the PSA office, Falling Creek Park and other facilities are now located on this piece of land.

  • Grand jury indicts Earnest for murder

    A Bedford County Grand Jury has indicted Wesley Brian Earnest, 37, of Moneta on a first-degree murder charge in connection with the death of his wife last December.

    Earnest is charged with killing his estranged wife, Jocelyn Branham Earnest, Dec. 19 at her home in Forest. The grand jury handed down the first-degree murder and use of a firearm in a commission of a felony indictments during its meeting last Tuesday.

    Jocelyn Earnest was found dead from a gunshot wound to her head at her home on Dec. 20 by a friend.