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Today's News

  • County SOL math scores improve

        Bedford County students posted significant gains on mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL) tests during the 2013-2014 school year.
        The new tests were first introduced three years ago and students across the state are making gains, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) reported last week.

  • Pair enter pleas to grand larceny charges

        Josey Ray Edwards, 25, and Angelina Delores Brooks, 31, both from Amherst, were found guilty in Bedford County Circuit Court of grand larceny on Tuesday.
        Brooks pleaded guilty to the charge while Edwards entered a no contest plea. A no contest plea means that the defendant does not admit guilt, but agrees that there is enough evidence to convict him.

  • Bedford Moose Lodge seeks county's help for fireworks

        Andy Dooley, chairman of the Bedford Moose Lodge’s fireworks committee, would like some help with next year’s Fourth of July fireworks display. The Moose Lodge has sponsored the last two fireworks displays. Dooley appeared before the Board of Supervisors Monday night.
        Dooley said the Lodge had a meeting after this summer’s fireworks to decide if they were going to continue the displays.
        “We had an overwhelming ‘yes, we’d like to do it',” he said.

  • Bedford Moose Lodge seeks county's help for fireworks

        Andy Dooley, chairman of the Bedford Moose Lodge’s fireworks committee, would like some help with next year’s Fourth of July fireworks display. The Moose Lodge has sponsored the last two fireworks displays. Dooley appeared before the Board of Supervisors Monday night.
        Dooley said the Lodge had a meeting after this summer’s fireworks to decide if they were going to continue the displays.
        “We had an overwhelming ‘yes, we’d like to do it',” he said.

  • Rogers leaving to become administrator in Campbell County

        Bedford Deputy County Administrator Frank Rogers is moving next door.

        He takes the helm as Campbell County’s county administrator on Oct. 1. This completes exactly nine years of service with Bedford County. He came here as assistant county administrator in September, 2005. During the year between former county administrator Kathleen Guzi’s departure in 2012 and current county administrator Mark Reeter’s arrival a year later, Rogers served as interim county administrator.

  • Master taxidermist opens shop in Moneta

        A desire to be near his aging parents induced Marty VandeLinde to move his taxidermy business from Charlottesville to Moneta.

  • Elks Home sale official

        The Elks National Home is now officially English Meadows Elks Home Campus.
        Mike Williams and Steve Orndorff, who own and operate English Meadows, an assisted living facility in Christiansburg, purchased the Elks National Home last year and closing was originally scheduled for the end of last year. The two have run the facility in Christiansburg for six years.
        Williams said the process turned out to be longer than they expected.

  • Making a splash for ALS

        Brenda Nelms apparently believed Body Camp Principal Scott Graham hadn’t gotten wet enough. So she slipped out of her own chair—where she sat as students passed by pouring cups of water on the school’s staff and teachers— filled a blue bucket of her own with ice cold water and poured it over Graham’s head.

  • Former teacher will have one trial for all three students he is accused of touching

        Harry Claiborne Dillard, 61, a former physical education teacher with Bedford County Public Schools, will face all three aggravated sexual battery charges against him in one trial.
        Dillard was in Bedford County Circuit Court, Tuesday morning, to determine if the charges would be tried at one time, or in separate trials.

  • Don't close our school

        A public hearing, held last week at Liberty High School’s auditorium on the question of whether to close Bedford Primary School or Thaxton Elementary School, was a polite affair. The crowd only filled the front of the auditorium and nearly all the speakers spoke on behalf of Thaxton.
        “We understand what a very difficult decision you have ahead of you,” commented Sarah Mayhew.