Today's News

  • Rape charges dismissed

        Rape and forcible sodomy charges against Christopher Morgan Pannell, 44, of Moneta, were dismissed after a bench trial Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court.
        The rape charge stemmed from a night of drinking and drugs on June 21. According to testimony, Cody Cox and Pannell picked up his accuser at her grandmother’s home that evening. She had  admitted to  a  romantic relationship with Cox that ended nine months earlier. Pannell had never seen her before.

  • Hale receives 20 year sentence in abduction case

        Three months after abducting a Bedford County woman the first time, Willard Wayne Hale abducted the same woman again, causing numerous injuries to his victim. He will spend 11 years in prison as a result.
        Hale, 32, received 20 years in prison with nine years suspended on charges related to those actions, including two abduction charges, a malicious wounding charge and a bad check charge. He received one year jail sentences on misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and assault and battery.

  • Personalized learning fair: Helping teachers teach everybody

        Bedford County Public Schools held a personalized learning fair, late last month, at the School Board Office Conference Room. The fair gave county teachers a chance to talk with 18 other teachers to get personalized learning classroom ideas.

        The teachers have been using Google Chromebook laptop computers to implement personalized learning.
        “We’re starting the transition to more personalized learning,” said Mel Taylor, a science teacher at Forest Middle School.

  • Kathleen’s Kitchen

        Bedford’s newest restaurant is a bit hard to see.

  • Local family trying to adopt 3 brothers runs into obstacles

        A Bedford County family is stuck in Poland after going there Dec. 6 to adopt three brothers.

        The family of four, which expanded to seven when the three brothers joined them, learned in late December that their adoption agency had been disbarred. This left all seven members of the family stranded in a small apartment -- the adoption not finalized and funds to return home are having to be utilized to stay there because of the turn of events.

  • Unit from Forest was first medic crew on scene

        It took 30 minutes for the first medic unit to arrive on scene at the Jan. 17 fire at 708 Grove Street, that claimed the life of a 4-year-old child living at that residence.

  • Extra Points: Pro-Bowl

        The past week has been difficult for me in a lot of different ways. Things that were supposed to happen didn’t and things that no one ever wished to happen, happened. So of course, this week has been difficult and I have felt unfocused. But luckily I was able to have a relaxing weekend which helped.
        I have been trying to filter negative stuff out of my life because it is hard to be happy when so many people are trying to drag others down when they are unhappy.

  • Jefferson Forest wins Conference 23 swimming

    By Margaret Scott
    Sports Editor

        The Jefferson Forest swim team took first place with 267 points at the Conference 23 swim meet this past Saturday.
        Glass finished second with 137, Charlottesville finished third, LCA finished fourth, George Washington finished fifth and Amherst finished sixth.

  • Forest falls to Liberty

    By Margaret Scott
    Sports Editor

        It was more of a contest between John Saunier, of JF, and Raheem Anthony, of Liberty, trying to outscore each other and lead their teams to a victory, but it was Liberty that knocked off Jefferson Forest by five points during the Bedford County rivalry contest.
        The Cavaliers tried for a fourth quarter comeback but were unable to take the lead and the Minutemen defeated JF 55-50 last Saturday.

  • Jefferson Forest girls extend record

    By Margaret Scott
    Sports Editor

        The Jefferson Forest girls basketball team defeated Amherst 56-31 in a makeup contest last Saturday.
        The Lady Lancers took the lead in the first period 6-5. But The Lady Cavaliers battled in the second and outscored Amherst 16-7.
        JF led 21-13 at halftime.
        Forest came out in the third and scored a game high of 23 points and held the Lady Lancers to only 8 points.