Today's News

  • Bomb threat at JF leads to evacuation

        A message, found at Jefferson Forest High School Monday morning, threatening to blow up the school led to the evacuation of the school.

        According to Ryan Edwards, the school division’s spokesman, school administrators became aware of the bomb threat shortly before 9 a.m. and evacuated the school. Sheriff’s deputies, along with school administrators conducted a visual search of the school. This was followed up with a search by bomb sniffing dogs.

  • Panel takes on bullying

        Bullying has been a problem in public schools for generations. Today, technology is providing school administrators with new tools in their efforts to deal with bullies.

        “The majority of the buses in Bedford County’s fleet have cameras,” said Andy Bliss, assistant principal at Forest Middle School. Bliss spoke last month as part of a panel discussion hosted by Smith Mountain Lake Friends of the Moneta Library.
        According to Bliss, the newest cameras can hold 32 days worth of video.

  • She's an inspiration to many

    Minnie Comer is an inspiration to many.

        And for good reason.
        At the age of 92, the Body Camp woman isn't about to stop learning. That's why every Monday and Wednesday she shows up at the Bedford Science and Technology Center to attend GED preparation classes.
        “She is so motivated,” stated Patsy Arnold Martin, instructional coordinator for Adult Education for Bedford County Public Schools, about Comer.

  • GED can bring added opportunities

        Within a few years, 70 percent of job openings in Virginia will require a technical skills certificate, which requires a high school diploma or GED credential.

  • Customers still eating out at restaurants

        Restaurants are a local bright spot in the economy, and meals tax revenue shows that to be true.

        According to Rosie Jordan, Bedford’s director of fiscal management, meals tax revenue is down  by just 1 percent in the first quarter of the new fiscal year, which began on July 1, compared to the same time last year.
        “This is a decrease, but not that much,” Jordan said.
        This amounts to a drop of $1,700.    

  • Incumbent faces challenge in District 6 supervisor race

    The race for the District 6 seat on the Bedford County Board of Supervisors is one of several contested elections in this area.

    Annie Pollard
        Annie Pollard, the incumbent, won  the  seat  in  2007  after the death of her husband, Bobby Pollard, who had previously held the seat. She is seeking her second term on the board of supervisors.

  • Newman voices support for Putney over Republican nominee

        Republicans have not run a candidate against Delegate Lacey Putney since the days when Putney was a Democrat, back in the 1960s. Putney, an independent, has caucused with the Republicans in the House of Delegates for many years.

        So, why are they running a candidate against him now? The process allowed it, Republican leaders state.

  • Fallout from lawsuit continues

        Fallout from the video and lawsuit surrounding the actions of a Bedford County Public Schools special education bus driver and aide continued this week.

  • Pongracz guilty of second degree murder

        The 29-year-old Goode woman, accused of beating her 77-year-old boyfriend to death at his home in Bedford County in 2010, was found guilty Tuesday of second degree murder after entering a no contest plea in connection with the case.

         Kristina Pongracz faces from 5 to 40 years in prison for her conviction. She had faced charges of first degree murder, which was amended to second degree murder as part of the plea agreement, and aggravated malicious wounding, a  charge which the prosecution dropped.

  • Cops 'n Robers

      One team saves people from criminals.  The other saves them from sinful temptations.