Local News

  • Snow continues to fall; leads to school calendar changes

    Snow fell again this past weekend and was falling on Tuesday forcing Bedford County Public Schools to remain closed. While students were enjoying the extra days off, school officials were busy trying to decide how to handle the missed days.

         Due to the recent school closings, the school system has made the following changes to the school calendar:

        • This Thursday, Feb. 11, will now be held as  a normal school day, canceling the previously scheduled parent/teacher conference day;

  • Second storm slams area; more might be on the way

    Cold air from Canada and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico teamed up to give the Bedford area  about a foot of snow over the weekend. It was the second major snowstorm this winter.

        And more might be on the way.

        According to Robert Stonefield, of the National Weather Service’s Blacksburg office, Forest got the heaviest Bedford area snowfall with 14 inches. Accumulations ranged from between 10 inches and a foot across most of Bedford County.

  • Private utility system gets thumbs down

    Bedford County’s planning commission gave a thumbs down to a controversial proposal for a private water and sewer system in the Goodview area, Monday night.

        The special use permit originally came before the planning commission at its Jan. 4 meeting.

  • Man sentenced to 18 years in prison

    A Big Island man will spend 18 years in prison after pleading guilty last month to three counts of sexually assaulting a teenage girl.

        Bobby Allen Markham, 54, pleaded guilty Jan. 19 and received a 40 year sentence, with 22 years suspended, on three counts of animate object penetration involving a girl, between 14 and 15 years of age at the time the assaults occurred. Markham, after originally being found not competent to stand trial on the charges, was later restored to competency, according to  Chief Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance.

  • School board looks to delay school closings until 2011-2012

    Last month’s revelation that the Bedford County School Board is considering any and all options for saving money — including closing smaller schools — caught the attention of  the public and last week several representatives from schools that were mentioned turned out at Thursday’s budget work session.

  • Rising from the ashes

    A few days after a fire, last September, collapsed Olde Liberty Station’s roof into its dining room, Harry Leist, the owner, predicted he would reopen in February, hopefully early in the month.

        His prediction is coming true. Olde Liberty will reopen with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. on Feb. 8. Sadie Tharp, Bedford Mayor Skip Tharp’s mother, will cut the ribbon.

  • Local man receives honors 65 years after World War II

    Rudolph Gand was presented with the Bronze Star and Purple Heart in Bedford’s National Guard Armory last week.

        The medals weren’t awarded for action in either Iraq or Afghanistan in combat against Islamic extremists. They came from service in Leyte and Luzon in the Philippines against the Japanese. It only took 65 years for Gand to actually receive them.

        The presentation finally took place due to Congressman Tom Perriello’s action.

  • Hospital dedicates chapel painting

    Bedford Memorial Hospital dedicated, last week, an original pastel painting for the hospital’s chapel.

        The painting, entitled “A Very Strong Evening,” is the work of James Underwood, a Bedford  artist.

  • Luncheon promotes women’s heart health

        The number one cause of death in women is not breast cancer. According to Sybil Calhoun, cardiovascular manager at Bedford Memorial Hospital, it’s heart attack. Calhoun said that heart attacks kill 500,000 women every year.

        This is why Bedford Memorial Hospital began holding an annual women’s wellness luncheon each year. This will be the fifth year it has done this.

  • Planning Commission approves docks

    The Bedford County Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of a community dock project in the Goodview area. The project brought out a number of neighbors who spoke against it at a public hearing that preceded the vote.

        The dock project will consist of four docks with a total of 46 boat slips, intended to serve residents in a proposed residential development called The Preserve. The Preserve, covering 52 acres, consists of single family attached units.