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Today's News

  • Suspended Coffees

    Suspended Coffees is a “pay it forward program,” according to Catherine Eubank, who owns Joppy’s in Bedford.

        Joppy’s became, in January, the first Virginia location to participate in this national program.  There are now three in the commonwealth.

  • Tibbs: Centra makes commitment to BMH

        Centra Health is committed to keeping Bedford Memorial Hospital open as a full-service hospital, according to E. W. Tibbs, Centra’s CEO.

  • Supervisors choose not to give school board direction within 60 days

        Bedford County’s supervisors decided, Monday night, to further postpone making a decision on what school construction option they will support in the Liberty attendance zone.
        The supervisors had been presented a series of school construction options at a joint meeting with the school board on Jan. 28. At that time, the supervisors asked for 60 days to make a decision. With the end of the 60 days approaching, Board Chairman John Sharp placed the issue to the supervisors for a decision.

  • School system left looking for answers

    The action Monday night by the Bedford County Board of Supervisors to delay any decision on what type of secondary school the county would provide funding for in the Liberty Zone has left the County School Board looking for answers.
        “We’re still looking for direction, what the next step should be,” stated School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler on the supervisors’ inaction. “We were hoping to have some direction by the end of March.”

  • Search warrant: Mother confessed

        The mother of a child found dead Feb. 27 at a Peaksview Lane residence admitted to smothering the 2-year-old to death, investigators stated in a search warrant connected to the case.
        In multiple search warrants filed by investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, the investigators stated that Shana Marie Witt, 24, confessed “that she suffocated the child with a large stuffed dog” located in the child’s bedroom.

  • Campaign recognized for its efforts to promote seatbelt use, safe driving

        Students at Jefferson Forest High School have turned a tragedy into a rallying challenge for teen driving safety.

  • Mother charged with murder in death of 2-year-old son

        Some cases are just more difficult than others. This one, involving the alleged murder of a 2-year-old child by his mother, is about as difficult as it gets, authorities said Friday.

        Such was the case for one investigator last week, who, after finishing his duties, called his grandson, because it had affected him so deeply.
        Shana Marie Witt, 24 of Bedford, has been charged with strangling her 2-year-old child to death.

  • Fralick says goodbye

        Frederic Fralick, who represented the District 4 on the county’s planning commission for 10 years, said goodbye in what he termed a “soliloquy” at a farewell dinner held at Olde Liberty Station last week.

        Fralick’s time on the planning commission ended when his term expired in February and District 4 Supervisor John Sharp chose not to reappoint him.
        “I wish you the best,” he said to the gathering.

  • Building Men of Substance

        Jarrett Ferguson, director of strength and conditioning for football at Virginia Tech, provided a voice of recent experience when he addressed a group of eighth grade boys at Bedford Middle School Monday afternoon.

        Ferguson, a 1997 Staunton River High School grad, was the guest speaker at this month’s Building Men of Substance meeting.

  • Supervisors offer a little more money for fire apparatus

        A little more money may become available for fire apparatus this year. During a Monday evening budget work session, the supervisors agreed to transfer $300,000, out of $413,563 in undesignated capital improvement funds, to fire apparatus, bringing the total in that fund to $800,000.
        “The most pressing one is emergency apparatus,” said Board Chairman John Sharp as the supervisors discussed what capital needs the money should be designated for.