Local News

  • 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.

  • Filling the vacancy

        Dave Vaden comes from a long line of educators. His dad was an elementary school teacher, principal and superintendent, his wife taught French in an elementary school, his grandmother was a math teacher and his mother was a librarian.

        Vaden’s hoping to continue that tradition by joining the Bedford County School Board.

  • Earnest’s home goes up in flames

    Investigators with Bedford County Fire and Rescue were still trying to get with Wesley Earnest Monday, after fire destroyed his $1.2 million home at Smith Mountain Lake.

        “There’s still a lot of things I have not ruled out yet,” Fire Marshal John Jennings said of the cause of the blaze. “It’s probably going to be a while before we can wrap this investigation up.”

  • Breaking: Investigation focuses on Hardy fire chief

    The volunteer fire chief of the Hardy Volunteer Fire Company is being investigated by the Virginia State Police for the possible mismanagement of department funds.


  • Ceremony honors deputies, volunteers

    Sheriff Mike Brown believes that a sheriff is only as good as the people who work for him.

        “Y’all make me look good,” he said to a gathering of deputies and volunteers.