Today's News

  • A major loss, but everybody was safe

        The Moneta Volunteer Fire Department, along with units from Bedford, Saunders Point and Stewartsville, responded to a fire in a single-wide mobile home on Diamond Hill Road. Mobile home fires progress very fast but Pete Lewis, Moneta’s fire department president, said that firefighters got a head start on this one. They already had a unit headed in that direction, responding to an automobile accident, when the fire was reported.

  • First responder training pays

    The Moneta Volunteer Fire Department was called to assist the rescue personnel after a 14-year-old girl went over a steep embankment and into a creek off Rock Spring Road while sledding on Feb. 14. According to Pete Lewis, the fire department president, they were responding to a possible broken leg.

        As it turned out, nothing was broken, but her father, Michael Donner, said her knee is badly bruised.

        Donner said that she was sledding with other kids when her sled went off a six-foot drop-off into a ravine with a creek.

  • Staying healthy

    The Fifth Annual Women and Wellness Heart Health Luncheon drew 68 women, Friday, to learn about protecting their cardiovascular health. The luncheon was originally scheduled for Feb. 5, but had to be postponed due to that day’s heavy, wet snowfall.

        Alison Brooks, a nurse-practitioner with The Cardiovascular Group at Centra’s A. Stroobants Heart Center, was the speaker.

  • Board seeks congressional help

    A presentation by Dr. Don Gardner, Monday night, led the Bedford County Board of Supervisors to authorize sending a letter to the area’s Congressional delegation.

  • Miller case back in court

    Lisa Miller had a court hearing last week in Bedford County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Miller, however, was not there and nobody knows where she is.

        The hearing was a capias hearing and a child custody hearing. Members of the press were allowed to attend the capias hearing, but were barred from the custody hearing after Rebecca Glenburg, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, objected to their presence. Glenburg is representing Janet Jenkins in the custody case.

  • BMS student wins county spelling bee

    Bedford Middle School’s Amelia Wentzel had been there before.

        Since the fourth grade Wentzel, now an eighth grader, has been a regular in county spelling bees. And though she had placed in her other attempts before, last Wednesday was the first time she came away as the overall champion.

  • Bedford native establishes scholarship fund at LC

    Dr. John D. Bower knows what it’s like to leave the military and face an uncertain future. He did just that back in the mid-1950s after serving four years in the U.S. Navy.

  • Two supervisors won’t support closing schools

    Dr. Douglas Schuch, Bedford County’s superintendent of schools, gave the county’s supervisors an overview of the school budget that he presented to the Bedford County School Board last week.

        “At this point this proposal is just the recommendation of the superintendent," Dr. Schuch cautioned at the beginning of his presentation.

  • Public hearing on budget to be held Thursday

    The public will get a chance to sound off about the Bedford County Public Schools 2010-2011 budget at a public hearing this Thursday.

        The hearing will be held during the School Board’s regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. at the Bedford Science and Technology Center in Bedford. If recent attendance at budget and community meetings are an indicator, the public is likely to show up in full force.

  • The blame game

    Last Saturday the Roanoke Times took Bedford County voters to task, stating in an editorial that they only had themselves to blame for the current budget crisis that Bedford County Public Schools is now in. The local daily’s reasoning: Bedford County voters opted for Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell in last year’s election.

        The flawed — that’s the kindest word we could think of — thought process went something like this: