Local News

  • Putney honored by dental community

    Virginia's dental community held a reception at The Inn at Trivium to honor Delegate Lacey Putney on Oct. 30.

    The group noted that Putney was instrumental in securing funds for a new building at Virginia Commonwealth University's (VCU) School of Dentistry. This will allow the dental school to expand its class size.

  • Business has plans for property

    A family business, HLC Innovations, now owns the old Bunker Hill plant on Va. 122, south of Bedford and has commercial plans for it.

    Monday night, Don Rowe, a Bedford Attorney representing Howard Noel, one of HLC's partners, spoke to the county planning commission.

    Noel has three commercial plans for the extensive complex. One will be a custom counter top shop, producing granite counter tops.

  • County to hold informational meeting

    Bedford County residents, potential neighbors of the proposed Oakwood Villas development, will have a chance to learn more about it tomorrow night. A neighborhood informational meeting will be held Thursday, at 7 p.m. in the County Administration Building's ground floor training room.

  • Group seeks help in finding final production items for documentary

    The Johnson Group, a film production company doing a documentary on Bedford, has entered the final stage of its project.

    According to Joe Fab, The Johnson Group's vice president, work began on the documentary in 2005. One of the first things the group filmed was the Civil War street battle held that summer. After spending two years gathering more than 100 hours of video, the company is now in post-production. That involves turning this into a 90 minute film. Fab said that this target is chosen because it is the amount of time that the group can expect to keep an audience engaged.

  • Bringing WWII to life

    While many Bedford area residents are familiar with Civil War reenactors, two Liberty High School seniors reenact soldiers from a more recent conflict.

    David Seamster and Josh Grimstead portray World War II soldiers from the 29th Division. Their age adds to their authenticity as they are close to the age of the men who actually fought in that conflict. Bob Slaughter, a Roanoke D-Day veteran who spearheaded the effort for the National D-Day Memorial, was 19 when he came ashore that June morning.

  • Sheriff's race fuels good voter turnout

    Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown was headed towards another four-year term in office as votes began to be recorded early Tuesday evening from the Nov. 6 election, and Del. Lacey Putney was on his way to an easy victory over Democratic challenger Lewis Medlin.

  • MRSA cleanup: $216,605

    The cost for hiring a professional cleaning company to sanitize several Bedford County schools after MRSA cases were discovered last month: $216,605.44.

    School officials said the cleaning had to be done to help deal with the community?s fears about MRSA, following the death of Staunton River High School senior Ashton Bonds, apparently of complications from acquiring Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus.

  • School board, supervisor race on ballot

    The only supervisors seat being contested the District 5 Seat. The incumbent is Andy Dooley.

    Dooley was appointed by the board of supervisors to fill that seat after the death of Bobby Pollard in January. Pollard was killed in a farming accident.

    Dooley is a former director of parks and recreation for the county. He retired in July, 2002 after serving with parks and rec in various capacities since 1973.

  • Medlin challenges Putney for House of Delegates seat

    Next Tuesday's elections should be interesting. Although most incumbents facing reelection have no opponent, some people have tossed their hats in the ring to give voters a choice.

    In House of Delegates' 19th District, Delegate Lacey Putney, an independent, is being challenged by Lewis Medlin, a Democrat.

    Putney has held the seat for 46 years and is the most senior delegate in that legislative body. He notes that this seniority is important.

    "It means more than you can describe in words," he said.

  • Brown, two challengers, vie for sheriff's office

    The Bedford County Sheriff's race has proven to be the hottest of the locally challenged races in the county this year.

    Bedford County Sheriff Michael J. Brown, who first took office in 1996, is being challenged by Darryl A. Updike and Charles D. Green for that constitutional office.

    Brown is running as a Republican and Updike and Green are running as independents.

    Sheriff Michael J. Brown

    Sheriff Mike Brown is seeking a fourth term in office as Bedford County Sheriff.