Local News

  • 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.

  • Proposal: Close Thaxton, Body Camp elem. schools

    While the Body Camp community already had time to prepare for the possible closing of its elementary school because of prior budget discussions, the mention of Thaxton Elementary came as a shock to members of that community.

        Now that community is taking steps to make sure its voice is heard as budget discussions continue and the Bedford County School Board wrestles with cutting $7 million from its current budget.

        “We had no idea,” Thaxton PTA President Valerie Detamore said of the possible closing of that school.

  • County man pleads guilty to sex with children

    A Bedford County man has pleaded guilty, in Bedford County Circuit Court, to charges of sexual battery and rape.

        Anthony Wayne Carter, 35, of Thaxton, pleaded guilty to four counts of aggravated sexual battery and one count of rape. All charges involved girls under the age of 13.

  • Grand jury indicts former SRHS coach on 4 additional counts

    Former Staunton River football coach Rick Witt is now facing five felony charges of taking indecent liberties with a minor.

        Witt, 37, was indicted by a Bedford County grand jury Friday on four additional counts. He was originally charged on a single count in January.

  • Home invasion

        Four men pleaded guilty Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court to charges stemming from a home invasion and robbery that took place last summer.

        On Aug. 13, 2009, three masked men entered the Bellevue Road home of Robert Krebs, 22, and his girlfriend Alison Wood, 21. Krebs was assaulted and struck several times in the head with a hand gun.

  • 124 full time jobs would also be cut

    More than 120 jobs could be lost and two schools closed as part of a budget proposal made by Bedford County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch Thursday.

  • It just got worse

    RICHMOND – Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Monday that he would undo a freeze on an education funding formula that would have taken money from more affluent school districts and given it to less affluent ones.

  • The forgotten war

    Many veterans of the Korean War call it America’s forgotten war. It came between World War II and Viet Nam and its veterans are often overlooked.

        There are a number of them in the Bedford area and one of them is about to retire from the Bedford Bulletin. Actually, it’s a second retirement. Wiley Fowler, who turned 79 late last year, worked at Rubatex for 38 years before taking a part-time job at the Bulletin.

  • Supervisors look at county budget

    A Monday night Bedford County Board of Supervisors budget work session actually consisted of a number of informational items for the supervisors.

        County Administrator Kathleen Guzi said that she actually had some good news for the supervisors. The good news is that spending reductions that are already in place will take them through 2010 without additional cuts.

        The next fiscal year, which actually begins on July 1, could be another story.