Local News

  • Owner of property hopes to preserve slave cabin

    According to the census of 1860, there were 10,176 slaves laboring in Bedford County. A tangible reminder of these men and women is on the verge of crumbling into oblivion.

        Ivy Cliff is a historic house in New London. It’s more than 200 years old and was once the home of a family that owned a tobacco plantation. Near the house, one of the plantation’s slave cabins is still standing and Chris Gulluscio, the current owner of Ivy Cliff, wants to save it.

  • Fundraiser takes Flyte

    If you remember the ‘60s, then you weren’t there, the saying goes.

        When Steve Arrington, a member of Second Flyte, forgot which song they were preforming next, at one point Saturday night, fellow band members said that was proof Arrington was indeed there.

  • Thayer man’s hearing now set for Dec. 11

    Though he had pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in August, a Thaxton man’s request in late October to have his sentencing delayed because his mother was in the hospital was granted. He is now scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 11.

        Matthew Ivan Sayers, 29, entered guilty pleas to two felony charges and one misdemeanor in connection with a fatality accident that claimed the life of a 46-year-old Roanoke man in August 2008. Hilton Holden III was killed when his motorcycle was struck in the rear by a pickup truck driven by Sayers in the Villamont area.

  • Program allows parents to have immediate access to grades

    Beginning this week, parents of middle and high school students in Bedford County Public Schools have a fast way to check up on how their students are doing this year.

        Parents attending teacher conferences this week were given login information for the new ParentPortal program that puts their students’ grades and attendance records just a mouse click away after entering the PowerSchool program, a student information system.

  • Son of former Hardy fire chief pleads guilty

    The son of the former Hardy Fire Department fire chief, who had been indicted for the mismanagement of department funds following an investigation by the Virginia State Police earlier this year, pleaded guilty to seven counts of felony embezzlement in Bedford County Circuit Court Tuesday in connection with that case.

  • Votes clear way for Hospice House to proceed

    Votes by Bedford County’s supervisors and planning commission, at a joint meeting Thursday night, cleared the way for Bedford Hospice House Inc., a non-profit organization, to start building.

  • Keeping Bedford Beautiful

    The Keep Bedford Beautiful Commission honored some of the folks, last week, who helped keep Bedford beautiful.

  • SML shoreline management plan

    A public informational meeting was held last week on a shoreline management plan for Smith Mountain Lake.

        The meeting was held at Trinity Ecumenical Parish with stations manned by members of a steering committee that has been established to help review the plan along with representatives of Appalachian Power. The meeting was held to gather public information and was held in an open house format that allowed residents to come in and talk during the scheduled time. A steady stream of people came through in spite of heavy rain.

  • 2nd concert to benefit restaurant’s employees is this Saturday

    The second of two benefit concerts to help employees of Olde Liberty Station takes place at Liberty High School this Saturday.

        Olde Liberty Station was destroyed in a fire in September.

        The concert features Second Flyte, a local Byrds tribute band. This is no fly-by-night group. The band’s Web site contains a glowing endorsement by Chris Hillman, one of the three surviving members of the original ‘60s rock band.

  • School board may conduct benefits audit of employees

    At the request of School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler, Bedford County Public Schools may hire a firm to conduct a benefits audit of its employees.

        Hostutler brought up the proposal during a comment session at last Thursday’s school board meeting. “I bet it would be pretty eye-opening,” he said of what he believes would be discovered.