Today's News

  • BCPS moves ahead with personalized learning

        Dr. Douglas Schuch, superintendent of schools, briefed the school board about personalized learning at the school board’s Thursday night meeting.
        According to Dr. Schuch, the goal of personalized learning is to empower students to “take ownership of their own education.”
        It also encourages teachers and students to take risks. This is what “fail forward” a term Dr. Schuch uses frequently, means.

  • Man charged with forcible sodomy

        An Eagle Rock man faces three counts of forcible sodomy, having been indicted by a Bedford County grand jury in June and last Friday.
        Arthur Franklin Monday was originally indicted on one count in June, but testimony during a preliminary hearing in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court led to two more charges being filed against him, according to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Stacey Gardner.

  • Challenger calls on sheriff to resign

    seeking to unseat Sheriff Mike Brown in the Nov. 3 election, called on Brown to resign, Friday.
        Stebbins spoke at a sparsely attended public event that was originally slated for Centertown Park, by the clock. Heavy rain forced it to be moved to the community room at the Bedford Central Library.
        Stebbins based his call for Brown’s resignation on recent news about allegations of a county deputy’s misconduct and how that conduct is being used by a convicted felon in an effort to have his conviction overturned.

  • Centerfest, Home Tour set for this weekend

        The hope is the rain that marred the past two weekends won’t come back this weekend. There’s just too much going on – including Bedford’s Centerfest on Friday and Saturday and the SML Home Tour, set for Friday-Sunday.
        Centerfest will harken back to its roots this year and rekindle its role as a family-friendly, community event.
        Centerfest will take place over two days: Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10.

  • Deputy reassigned from SRO duties

        Last year he was named School Resource Officer of the Year, for the exemplary job he did while serving in that position at Staunton River High School.

        Now Deputy Christopher Lee Cook is working in the civil division, serving papers for the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, mired in the center of a federal investigation.

  • Gift could provide ‘little bit of beauty’ in tough situation

        Barbara Owen, of Bedford Professional Women, noted that she had accumulated a number of  Estée Lauder cosmetic bags. What should she do with these colorful, feminine bags?

        “We women have a lot of bags at home,” she said.
        Owen and Kelli Reed, the  Estée Lauder counter manager at Peebles, got together and came up with an idea.

  • Wives Behind the Badge

        An organization called “Wives Behind the Badge” has gotten rolling in Bedford County. Wives Behind the Badge is an organization of people married to law enforcement officers.

        “It’s a national program throughout the United States,” said Kathy Hatcher, who is spearheading the local organization. She said they are still getting organized under the auspices of the national organization’s Virginia Auxiliary.

  • County woman attends papal events in Philadelphia

        Margarita Zizzo, the school secretary at Bedford Middle School, got back home from a weekend trip to Philadelphia at about 1 a.m. Monday morning.

  • Students wear camo in honor of Tyler Arnett

        Students, faculty and staff at Jefferson Forest High School wore camo, boots and hats to school last Thursday in memory of one of their own who passed away suddenly last week.

        Junior Tyler Blake Arnett, who suffered from cystic fibrosis, died unexpectedly.
        Arnett, 17, loved the outdoors. “He was a very well-liked student,” stated Ryan Edwards, public relations coordinator for Bedford County Public Schools. “Our thoughts are with Tyler’s family during this very sad time.”

  • Papal visit an opportunity for local Catholics

        According to Father Salvador Añonuevo, the recent visit by Pope Francis I, was very meaningful to Catholics.

        Fr. Añonuevo is the pastor of Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church in Bedford and Resurrection Catholic Church in Moneta. His name, by the way, means Savior New Year in Spanish.