Local News

  • Supervisors vote to hire additional paid rescue staff

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted last week to hire additional paid staff to supplement volunteer rescue squad coverage.

        The county already has paid staff to supplement the volunteer rescue squads from 4 a.m. until 6 p.m. The additional staff extends this to 24-hour coverage.

        “It’s a bare minimum,” said Jack Jones, the county’s director of emergency services.

  • Teacher of the Year

    As a student, Jami Key had several extraordinary teachers who impacted her life. Now she’s returning the favor to students in Bedford County and this past week was recognized for those efforts by being named as the school system’s Teacher of the Year.

        Key, a science and biology teacher at Liberty High School, has spent all of her teaching career — 23 years — at LHS. “It is quite an honor,” she said of being named Bedford County Teacher of the Year. “”We have lots of other deserving teachers.”

  • Gym project delayed

    Parents of students at Bedford Primary School were notified this week that construction of a  gymnasium for the school has been put on hold.

        In a letter to parents, Principal Wayne Lyle said that while the Bedford County School Board had been making plans to use money left over from other projects — specifically those recently completed at Jefferson Forest and Staunton River high schools —  for the gymnasium, those plans have been put on hold. The school currently does not have a gymnasium.

  • Cheek reconsiders, will seek re-election

    District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek will be back for a run for another term on the Bedford County Board of Supervisors.

        At the end of April, Cheek had announced that he would not be a candidate for re-election in November. He said he wanted to spend more time on his business and with his family.

        What changed his mind?

        “The people changed it for me,” said Cheek. “I had people calling left and right, people stopping by.”

        One of them was Curry Martin.

  • D-Day veterans, Flames of Memory to mark 65th D-Day Anniversary

    Hundreds of D-Day and WWII vets in their mid-80s are expected to make their way to the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford  this week to mark the 65th Anniversary of the invasion of Normandy.

  • The future of the Memorial

    As the 65th anniversary of D-Day approaches, Dr. William McIntosh, director of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, has announced that the Foundation may not have enough money to continue to operate the Memorial after the end of summer.

        According to McIntosh, it costs $2.2 million each year to operate the Memorial. The site takes in $600,000 from visitors and donations make up the rest. Like all non-profit organizations, the Foundation has seen a drop in the donations it receives. He said that it has $300,000 in unrestricted funds in the bank.

  • Run for the Wall

    Montvale Elementary School welcomed hundreds of bikers to the school last Thursday for a stop-over along their cross-country route to the Vietnam Memorial In Washington D.C.

        The stop at the school has become an annual event, full of meaning to both the students and the riders. The bikers were making their final leg of the Run for the Wall, an effort that has now been observed for two decades.

  • Memorial Day weekend kicks off boating season with accident at SML

    A Bedford woman was injured in a boating accident Sunday at Smith Mountain Lake, one of two incidents reported over the holiday weekend by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

        According to Lt. Tony Fisher of DGIF, Sunday’s accident involved a pontoon boat that was traveling near channel marker R27A, in the Roanoke River portion of the Lake near Bridgewater Marina, and a personal watercraft that was traveling the other direction. The PWC struck the pontoon boat in the right front as it was crossing in front, Fisher said.

  • Bedford documentary to be shown at Capitol

    Senator Mark Warner has announced that a documentary on Bedford’s role in D-Day will be shown in a special Capital Hill screening on June 2.

  • Two charged in credit card scam

        Two Florida residents have been charged with having stolen credit card numbers and using them at Wal-Mart this month.

        On May 14, a report from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office states that the department was notified by a victim in Chester that his credit card number was used to make purchases at the Wal-Mart in Bedford. The victim had reported the suspicious use of his credit card account to the Colonial Heights Police Department, but wanted to make the BCSO was aware that suspects were in the area, the report stated.