Today's News

  • Technology in the classroom

        It’s a brand new world for students today.

        Smart boards have replaced chalk boards; iPads are now just as important as notebooks.
        Last Thursday, parents of students at Bedford Middle School had the chance to observe just how technology is changing the way their children learn.

  • All in the family: Foster parents provide home for area children

        Dwayne Shepherd, of Montvale, grew up in a large family that included foster and adopted children. His parents, Calvin and Martha Shepherd, had two biological children—Dwayne was one of them—and five adopted children. They also took in foster children.

        After Dwayne got married, he and his wife, Patti, were able to move into a four-bedroom house.
        “We felt God had blessed us with that extra room,” said Shepherd. “We felt we should share it.”

  • Mentoring program expands

        A teen mentoring program sponsored by the local American Association of University Women (AAUW) has expanded.

  • Business roundtables resume in this area

        Traci Blido, Bedford County’s new director of economic development, has resumed sponsoring business roundtables. The first of what she plans to be a quarterly event was held at Central Virginia Community College’s Bedford facility, Thursday.

        Blido presented statistics on the Bedford area. One was a list of the largest employers in Bedford County. While the top two were Bedford County Public Schools and Bedford County, the top five included TEVA Pharmaceuticals, Mail America and Georgia-Pacific.

  • SSL: Don’t take this message lightly

        SSL. Maybe you’ve seen it posted at an a Centertown business.

  • Rogers steps into role as interim administrator

    Frank Rogers, who was appointed interim county administrator last week, isn’t new to the neighborhood.

        Rogers first came here as assistant county administrator in September, 2005. Prior to that, he had been special projects manager in York County. This was a catch-all position in which he managed several areas including housing and neighborhood revitalization, community services and the county’s financial unit.

  • Woman pleads guilty to DUI maiming

        Elizabeth Doris Coe pleaded guilty Tuesday, in Bedford County Circuit Court, to two counts of DUI maiming. Each charge carries a penalty of between one and five years in prison.
        The charges stemmed from a crash that occurred on May 28, at about 7 p.m. According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock, Coe had been drinking since before noon that day.

  • Finally it snows!

        A look out your window, Monday morning, would make you think it was winter.

        Of course, it is still winter, regardless of what the daffodils and crocuses blooming in the Bedford area seem to think.
        According to Patrick Wilson, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Blacksburg Office, Sunday's storm brought the Bedford area between 5- and 7- inches of the white stuff. The heaviest snowfall was in the part of the county near Lynchburg, with the lightest amounts toward the south.


  • Pongracz sentenced for killing

    Kristina Pongracz will spend more than a decade in prison for the killing of her 77-year-old boyfriend, William Herchenrider, in May, 2010. Pongracz, now 30, was 28 at the time of the attack.

    Herchenrider died on August 25, 2010, after briefly returning home from the hospital, under Hospice care. Pongracz had been with Herchenrider for 10 years, prior to the incident in May 2010.