Today's News

  • Sports commentary: It's showtime!

      Another cruddy precedent has been set.

    I refer, of course, to the decision by ESPN to air a one- hour show in which LeBron James revealed the team to which he would sell his soul.  Er, services.

  • Did jury in Earnest case read journals not in evidence?

        The jury that convicted Wesley Earnest of first degree murder on April 5 may have used exhibits that were not admitted into evidence, a defense motion to set aside the verdict states. Earnest was found guilty of murdering his estranged wife Jocelyn Earnest following a two-week trial this spring.

  • Wounded warriors

        Duty with the National Guard, which included deployments to combat zones, has given Louis Alvey a personal feel for the needs of returning soldiers who were injured. An awareness of the need led him to work as a peer specialist for Virginia’s Wounded Warrior Program. Alvey works out of Lynchburg.

        Alvey served in the Guard from 2004 until the beginning of this year. His service included a deployment to Iraq and another to Kuwait.

        “We mostly did route security,” he said of his second deployment.

  • Planning for the future

        The Bedford County School Board began work on a strategic plan at a work session late last month.

        During the work session, Dr. Douglas Schuch, the county’s superintendent of schools, presented a two-page draft version of a plan. He said that he will meet with school board members this month and in August, two at a time, to get input from them as staff develops a second draft of the plan. This will be followed by a work session on Sept. 23. He expects to submit a final version for their approval in October.

  • Couple say they lost everything in fire at their Goode home

        Sam and Shirley Logwood had given their Goode home a recent facelift. The house where they lived for 39 years got new windows and new siding.

        Now, the elderly couple doesn’t have a home. The house was a total loss after a fire broke out in an electric outlet in the living room last month.

        “It burnt it all up,” commented Sam Logwood.

  • Planing commission approves gas station

        The Bedford County Planning Commission gave a unanimous thumbs-up to a Murphy Oil gas station in front of Wal-Mart in Bedford. The station would be on U.S. 460 on an undeveloped tract between the highway and the Wal-Mart parking lot.

  • Hearing: Veterans health care in rural areas a challenge

        The U. S. House of Representatives Veterans’ Affairs Committee Health Subcommittee brought a field hearing to Bedford County, Monday. Congressman Tom Perriello sits on this subcommittee. Perriello and the subcommittee’s chairman, Congressman Michael Michaud, of Maine, convened the hearing in the Bedford County Board of Supervisors chamber in the county administration building.

        This hearing came to Bedford at Perriello’s request.

  • Stalin opponents speak to Council

        People who would like the bust of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin removed from the National D-Day Memorial spoke to Bedford City Council last week in a special appearance.

        Ann Soukhanov, a Bedford resident who noted that she was born and raised in Bedford, told council that the city had been generous in its support to the National D-Day Memorial Foundation over the years. She said that the Memorial could never have been built without the early support that Bedford gave it.

  • Black resigns from school board

        Thursday’s regular 7 p.m. meeting of the Bedford County School Board began with David Black’s resignation. Black has represented District 3 on the school board since 2002. The resignation was prompted by his employer’s corporate headquarters move to Charlotte, N.C.

        “I, as chief accounting officer, must follow if I want to be paid,” Black commented.

        Black’s resignation was effective immediately.

  • Chasing butterflies

        Pat Schuler, a Bedford resident, loves butterflies.

        Schuler, a recently retired registered nurse, developed this passion as a child growing up in Florida. Back then, she noted, nobody had computer games, let alone TVs. Children played outside and one of the activities they did was chase butterflies.

        “Everybody had a butterfly collection,” she said.