Local News

  • Breaking news: Long-time Bedford County educator hired as Culpeper County superintendent

    Following the somewhat tumultuous hiring of a new superintendent in Bedford County last month, the assistant superintendent of schools in the county will be leaving to become superintendent of Culpeper County Schools.

        The Culpeper County School Board voted unanimously during its regular meeting Monday to appoint Dr. Bobbi F. Johnson as its new superintendent, effective July 1. Johnson was selected following a nationwide search that culminated in 23 applicants and five finalists for the position.

  • Saved by the belt

    A crash on U. S. 460, Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., ultimately involved four cars, one purchased earlier that day.

        According to the Virginia State Police, a 2007 Corvettedriven by David Steven Rosenberg, 37, of Lynchburg was traveling west when it struck a 1996 Ford Explorer driven by David Jeffrey Miller, 34, of Goode. The Explorer was westbound at about 55 mph and police say the Corvette was traveling at about 80 mph.

  • County budget

    Bedford County’s Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on the county budget Monday night before a nearly empty auditorium. Four citizens, other than county staff, turned out and two spoke. Both aimed their comments at the Sheriff’s Office.

        Billy Hackworth, a frequent critic of Sheriff Mike Brown, said that the sheriff’s budget should be cut by $1 million this year, followed by an additional $1 million cut next year.

        “He wastes money,” said Hackworth.

  • Pilot program on short list for stimulus funding

    At least one of the two dozen projects submitted by the city of Bedford for funding through the $800 billion federal stimulus package is on the short list for approval.

        Bedford has made the semi-final list of projects seeking $77 million of funding through the clean water revolving fund. Bedford’s proposed project is a water reuse project, one of seven such projects being considered for that funding. Bedford’s request, at $165,000, is small compared to others. The Hampton Roads Sanitation District has a $10.2 million water reuse project proposal.

  • Investigation focuses on Hardy fire chief

        The volunteer fire chief of the Hardy Volunteer Fire Company has been the target of a four-month investigation by the Virginia State Police for the possible mismanagement of department funds.

        Bedford County Fire and Rescue Chief Jack Jones said Hardy Fire Chief Jeffrey Lee Shifflett has been placed on administrative leave from the department.

  • EMT students earn state honor

    One of the programs that Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC) offers won honors recently in a statewide competition.

        According to Marci Stone, who teaches the emergency medical technician (EMT) basic course, a team consisting of Katie Altman, Jake East, Kendall Graham and Taylor Neas placed first in the statewide EMT competition held in Williamsburg from Feb. 28 through March 1. The competitors came from various Virginia schools with an EMT program similar to BSTC’s.

  • Two local educators step into a new role

    Many times, children suffer from the problems that adults in their lives have. They may be victims of abuse or neglect. They may become collateral damage in domestic warfare between parents.

        When these situations land in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, in Virginia, a group of volunteers get involved. Called Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), these volunteers, who have been trained and sworn an oath before a judge, gather information and make a report to the judge. Their job is to be advocates for the children’s best interest.

  • Fire department fundraiser under way

    The fundraising letter you got in the mail last week from the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department is a reminder that taxpayer money does not pay all the fire department’s costs.

  • Perriello meets with Veterans Advisory Board, local residents

        Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello made his way through Bedford County last weekend visiting with area residents during a town hall meeting in Moneta Friday and with his newly formed Veterans Advisory Board on Saturday.

        “The best way to serve our veterans is to be listening to them,” Perriello said during a press conference Saturday at the D-Day Memorial in Bedford. He stressed that the advisory board wasn’t about partisanship or politics. He said the goal is to have it stand as a voice for veterans in Washington.

  • Local banks: We have money to lend

        The availability of money at local banks to lend is the same as it has always been. That’s what several Bedford area bankers reported at a recent economic forum sponsored by Bedford County’s department of economic development. Underwriting standards haven’t changed either.

        “There is a lot of money available,” said Mike Syrek, of SunTrust Bank.

        “We have ample money to lend,” added Tony Ware, representing Bank of the James.