Today's News

  • JF makes Newsweek’s top 1,600

    Jefferson Forest High School was named one of the 1,600 best public high schools in the nation last week in the annual Newsweek rankings. Only 6 percent of all public high schools in the U.S. made the list.

        The ranking is based on how hard school staffs work to challenge students with advanced placement college-level courses and tests. A total of 95 Virginia schools were included on the list, including Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke and E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg.

  • SRHS remembers

    Staunton River High School (SRHS) has seen more than its fair share of tragedy. In the last six years, death has claimed 10 students and one teacher, mostly to automobile accidents.

        There is now a plaque by the school’s flagpole dedicated to the memory of every student and teacher who has died while at SRHS. It lists their names, 38 of them, beginning with Allen Jordan Martin, who died in 1966 while a student there. The most recent is Tiffany Skylar LaPrade, who was killed in a car accident while on her way to school in 2008.

  • Kenya connection

    A group of Staunton River High School students had an eye-opening experience via Skype this spring. Skype is a software application that lets people make voice calls over the Internet.

        The five teens in Caris Jonas’ reading workshop class got to talk to students in a school in Kenya. The students attend Mercy Care Center School in the Mathare slum in Nairobi. The school is run by the Mercy Care Center Foundation which, according to its Web site at www.mercycarecenter.org, is a non-denominational Christian organization.

  • 'Fired' for protest

    Last week, Bob Lindell, an American Legion member, Navy veteran and a volunteer at the National D-Day Memorial, chose to join a protest against the Joseph Stalin bust instead of attending an invitation-only reception for Dr. William McIntosh, the retiring director of the National D-Day Foundation. A photo of Lindell, participating in the protest, appeared on the front page of the June 16 edition of the Bedford Bulletin. Lindell was also quoted in the story.

  • New charges against Madison Heights man include intentional attempt to infect another with infectious diseases

    Authorities have obtained additional warrants for a Madison  Heights man involving sexual crimes with a minor.

        On June 8, Carlos Lamont Rose, 41,  was arrested and charged with two counts of carnal knowledge of a minor, and one count of use of a communications device to solicit a minor.

  • A part of Bedford's history

    A living part of Bedford County’s history walked into history, Friday.

  • Exploring the Park’s options

    For the second time in its history, plans for Explore Park to become a multi-million dollar family vacation destination spot have fallen by the wayside.

        At the Park’s inception, the plan was for a $350 million Lewis and Clark-themed park with hotels, a zoo, retail and other attractions. The park would eventually take a different route, before falling on hard times in 2007. That’s when the living history portion of the park shut down because of a lack of funds.

  • Letters

    Empower and honor our Constitution

        As we honor and empower our wounded warriors, constituents owe it to them to honor and empower our wounded constitution.

        We should never assume that all elected officials are vigilant in empowering and honoring our constitution.

        As it is the duty of soldiers to serve and protect our freedom, so it should be the duty of constituents to purge elected officials straying from the constitution for their own personal empowerment.

  • Legislation will help community banks and small business

    As I travel around our communities, I constantly hear from small business owners that the banks just will not lend, particularly the big banks that got bailed out. Even in these tough times, we know that two out of every three new jobs is created by a small or medium-sized business, and we know that this job growth is being limited by a lack of capital lending.


  • Tragedy in the Gulf

    Nearly two months ago an explosion occurred on the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico.  This explosion, which tragically took the lives of eleven hard working Americans, resulted in an environmental catastrophe like we have never seen before.  The oil spill continues to have an enormous impact on the Gulf Coast region, its economy, and the environment.