Today's News

  • Guard infantry battalion recognized for service in Iraq

    By Cotton Puryear
    Virginia Department of Military Affairs

        Gov. Bob McDonnell presented the Virginia Governor’s National Service Medal to soldiers from the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Brigade Combat Team during the unit’s Freedom Salute held Jan. 9 in Roanoke to honor their service in Iraq. The battalion returned in August 2010 after arriving in Iraq since early March.

  • Board considers having security at meetings

    With recent acts of violence toward public officials making national news, Bedford County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch asked members of the school board Thursday if they would like to start having security present at their meetings.

        “A lot of boards are doing this, just as a precautionary presence,” Dr. Schuch told the board. “I feel safe here and always have.”

  • Man pleads guilty to abduction

    A Bedford man pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in Bedford County Circuit Court, to two felony abduction charges.

        According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock, John Charles Lavra, 52, went to the home of a Bedford County woman on August 5 and prevented the woman and her daughter from leaving the premises for several hours.

  • Hurt gets to work representing the Fifth District

    “It’s great to be here,” commented Congressman Robert Hurt in a phone interview last week.

        Hurt had just completed his first week representing Virginia’s 5th Congressional District in the House of Representatives as part of the 112th Congress. The new Congress was sworn in on Jan. 5.
        He sees getting spending under control as a critical issue for the new Congress, as well as a daunting task. Part of what makes it daunting is what the previous Congress did, or rather, didn’t do, he said.

  • Shifflett back in court

    Deborah Shifflett’s defense attorney withdrew a subpoena for documents related to her embezzlement case after conceding that those documents don’t exist.

        Webster Hogeland, defense attorney for Shifflett, and Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz argued the issue during a motions hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court, Tuesday morning.

  • Bedford County Public Schools stands to lose millions in state funding

    Dealing with the next fiscal year’s budget is set to take center stage for the Bedford County School Board and two speakers at last Thursday’s meeting urged the board to consider teacher salaries when crafting the 2011-2012 spending plan.

        Kristina Karnes, a Staunton River Middle School teacher, told board members that while she didn’t envy the job before them in crafting the budget, she said they need to consider giving teachers a raise, because they’ve gone several years without one.

  • Board looks at staggering start time of schools

    In an effort to save money, the Bedford County School Board is considering altering the start times of schools next year, allowing some buses to double up on the routes they run each day.

        Under the proposal being considered, elementary schools would start about 30 minutes earlier (7:55 a.m.) than the current school day which begins at 8:25 a.m. The day would end at 2:35 p.m.; the current day ends at 3:05 p.m.

  • Pastor performs ceremonies for three generations of Johnson family

    When Danny and Nancy Johnson, of Johnson’s Orchards, got married in 1961, the Rev. Eugene Campbell performed the ceremony. When the Johnsons' son, Shannon, and his wife, Donna, exchanged their vows, the Rev. Eugene Campbell officiated. When the Johnsons' grandson, Jordon, and his wife, Lindsey, were married at the end of last year, the Rev. Eugene Campbell married them.

        It helps to have a pastor in the family.

  • Bedford House names executive director

    Bedford House now has a director.

        Linda Royal’s first day on the job was Jan. 7. She is coming in one day a week while she works through her notice at Carilion Hospice.
        Royal is a Tazewell native who came to Roanoke when she was 10 after her father, a state trooper, was transfered to that area. She currently lives in Vinton.
        She’s a registered nurse with a bachelor of science degree from Bluefield College and has worked in the nursing field for 35 years.

  • Community events and Calendar (week of Jan. 12, 2011)

    Sign-ups and notices

        For information of events and activities at area churches, see the church news section in this week's paper.

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