Local News

  • Perriello briefs Chamber on federal stimulus package

        Congressman Tom Perriello stopped by the Bedford Welcome Center after President Barack Obama signed the federal stimulus bill to talk to the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce about the federal stimulus package.

        “It’s about 40 percent tax cuts,” said Perriello.

        Perriello said most of these cuts middle class tax cuts. The spending is aimed to be counter cyclical.

  • Dr. Douglas Schuch picked as new school head

        Bedford County’s school board officially announced it’s choice of a new superintendent of schools at a press conference held Friday at Bedford Science and Technology center.

        “I’m pleased to announce that the board has appointed Dr. Douglas R. Schuch as our next superintendent,” said School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler.

  • Winter wonderland

        Central Virginia was on it’s way to a winter with unusually low snowfall. According to Phil Hysell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Blacksburg office, Lynchburg had only seen 1.5 inches of snow all winter.

        That all changed starting Sunday afternoon when a strong winter storm system rolled up eastern  North Carolina and Virginia. It dumped 11.5 inches on Lynchburg giving that city its heaviest snowfall since February, 1996.

  • Free health screening reveals danger

        A free blood-sugar screening recently revealed a problem to a Bedford County man. It may have saved his life.

        Bedford Memorial Hospital conducts free blood-pressure and blood sugar screenings at area post offices every month. Last fall, Jackie Cunningham took advantage of one at the Forest Post Office.

        “It was just a convenient thing to do while I was in the post office,” Cunningham said.

  • Supervisors work to close budget hole

    Kathleen Guzi, the county’s administrator, noted that we are in truly unique economic times.

        “There’s more unknowns this year than I’ve ever had,” she told the supervisors at a budget work session last week.

        Guzi noted that this is the first time in 22 years that she has had to deal with a downward spiral in personal property tax revenue. She is confident that there will be growth again, but she doesn’t know whether the current downturn will be short term.

  • Guilty pleas

    A Vinton man will be spending the next 25 years behind bars after pleading guilty to multiple violent felony charges in Bedford County Circuit Court, Tuesday. George Leroy Keaton, 31, entered a signed plea agreement to charges of abduction, rape, forcible sodomy, aggravated malicious wounding and attempted capital murder.

        Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz termed Keaton a sexual sadist.

  • Faster Ineternet service

    Bedford County’s supervisors voted, Monday night, to set up a broadband authority.

  • Who shot Slick?

    Somebody shot one of Anne Ferrell’s best friends a few weeks ago.

        This particular friend is a young dog named Slick. Slick is an all black short-haired mutt who’s name came due to her short, smooth fur according to her son, Billy Ferrell.

  • Smoking ban

    The possibility of a smoking ban in bars and restaurants got varied reactions in Bedford.

        The measure under consideration in Richmond by legislators would outlaw smoking in restaurants and bars unless they build an enclosed area with a separate ventilation system for the smokers.

  • Art, music teacher positions defended

    A number of speakers stood up to defend Bedford County’s elementary art and music programs at a public hearing on the school budget Thursday night. The hearing was held during a regular meeting of the Bedford County School Board.

        Among the 77 positions slated for elimination are 10 elementary school art and music teachers.

        “We are more than numbers,” said Kevin Smith, a music teacher.