Today's News

  • Prize winning car visits Otter River

        Children at Otter River Elementary School got a look at the car that won the Progressive Automotive X Prize.

        Called Edison 2, the car can carry four people, accelerate to 100 mph and gets 129 miles per gallon on the highway. According to Bobby Mouzayck, the mechanic who accompanied it, the car’s secret is that it’s very light weight, achieved by a combination of steel, aluminum and carbon fiber material used for its construction, coupled with aerodynamic design.

  • Students get up-close look at hot air balloon

        How do you get, and keep, the attention of an entire elementary school full of children. One way is to arrive with a balloon.

        That’s what Kevin and Amy Poeppleman did recently. The couple are hot air balloon pilots, Kevin Poeppleman has been a balloon pilot for REMAX for 30 years.
        Their visit was arranged by Nadine Blakely, a REMAX agent in the Forest area. Blakely has had a child at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School since it first opened. Her youngest starts middle school in the fall.

  • School Board asks for relief from NCLB act

    Bedford County is seeking relief from federal regulations related to the No Child Left Behind act.

        The School Board, at a meeting Thursday, unanimously approved a resolution asking for relief from the NCLB sanctions until a new law is authorized. The resolution was to be sent to the Secretary of Education as well as Virginia senators and local congressmen.

  • Storm stories

        The weekend got off to a stormy start Friday evening as a thunderstorm caused power outages in Bedford.

  • Residents feel better about changes to forest plan

    Residents of  Cedar Key Estates in Huddleston are breathing a little easier now.
        For some time, the Homeowners Association there has been in a back-and-forth conversation with the Virginia Department of Forestry over the future of the 288-acre Bourassa State Forest. Last month those discussions appeared headed to a contentious public meeting this Saturday when the VDOF will conduct a presentation on the management plan and pending timber sale for the forest, which it has owned and managed since 1988.

  • Board approves them on 4-3 vote

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted Monday night to spend $265,000 to give county employees one-time bonuses.
        The bonuses come from money left unspent as the current fiscal year ends. County Administrator Kathleen Guzi said that the county is ending the fiscal year with a savings equal to 5 percent of the budget, which will go into the fund balance.

  • The edge of glory: SRHS seniors urged to reach potential

        The students of the Staunton River High School Class of 2011 were reminded during the school’s 48th Commencement held Saturday at the Vines Center in Lynchburg that they were standing “on the edge of glory.”

        Class President Bethany Layne Cheney told the close to 250 graduates to look to the future and “recognize the potential that we each possess.”

  • Following their dreams: LHS seniors begin new tradition

        Liberty High School began a new tradition during its 47th Commencement held Saturday at the Vines Center in Lynchburg: Along with their diploma, each student received a rose to give to someone who had made a positive impact in their lives.
        The 224 students of the Class of 2011 were urged by classmate Kasey Dean Bond to “believe in yourself and follow your dreams.”
        “Make a difference,” Bond added.

  • Captains of their souls: JF graduates school’s 39th class

        Jefferson Forest High School Principal Tony Francis told the graduating Class of 2011 that the lessons learned while at the school went far beyond the traditional “three R’s” of education.

  • Though their accounts differ, both defendants face convictions

    Just who is lying isn’t clear.
        But it doesn’t really matter. In the end, both Andrew Clay Ottinger and Susan Dudley face convictions of helping dispose of the murdered body of Sean Peter Placko in the James River in March 2010.