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Today's News

  • Local banks: We have money to lend

        The availability of money at local banks to lend is the same as it has always been. That’s what several Bedford area bankers reported at a recent economic forum sponsored by Bedford County’s department of economic development. Underwriting standards haven’t changed either.

        “There is a lot of money available,” said Mike Syrek, of SunTrust Bank.

        “We have ample money to lend,” added Tony Ware, representing Bank of the James.

  • Filling the vacancy

        Dave Vaden comes from a long line of educators. His dad was an elementary school teacher, principal and superintendent, his wife taught French in an elementary school, his grandmother was a math teacher and his mother was a librarian.

        Vaden’s hoping to continue that tradition by joining the Bedford County School Board.

  • Earnest’s home goes up in flames

    Investigators with Bedford County Fire and Rescue were still trying to get with Wesley Earnest Monday, after fire destroyed his $1.2 million home at Smith Mountain Lake.

        “There’s still a lot of things I have not ruled out yet,” Fire Marshal John Jennings said of the cause of the blaze. “It’s probably going to be a while before we can wrap this investigation up.”

  • Breaking: Investigation focuses on Hardy fire chief

    The volunteer fire chief of the Hardy Volunteer Fire Company is being investigated by the Virginia State Police for the possible mismanagement of department funds.

     

  • Hopes dashed in final quarter

     

  • The lack o' the Irish

      As you nibble on your corned beef and cabbage while sipping your green beer this St. Patty’s Day, reflect on this oxymoron:  Irish athletes.

  • Liberty gets good fan support at States

      The Liberty student body was able to mobilize in time to provide solid support to the Minutemen in their Richmond quest.

  • Commonwealth Cubbies

      Virginia is to major college football and basketball what Wrigley Field is to Major League Baseball:  Lovely places without championship hardware.

  • A new beginning

    For Kevin and Phyllis Dellis, last week marked a new beginning.

        In the early morning hours of this past Christmas Eve, Phyllis woke up to find flames in the home. “I didn’t smell any smoke,” she said. “It was foggy...The good Lord woke me up.”

  • Ceremony honors deputies, volunteers

    Sheriff Mike Brown believes that a sheriff is only as good as the people who work for him.

        “Y’all make me look good,” he said to a gathering of deputies and volunteers.