Today's News

  • High school Teacher of the Year

        When she went to college, Ameka Cruz thought she was headed for a career in business or accounting—possibly even computer science.

        But since 2001 she’s found herself in the classroom, now as a mathematics teacher at Jefferson Forest High School. On Thursday, Cruz learned she had been named as                  the  Bedford  County  High School Teacher of the Year.

  • Eagles are co-kings of Blue Ridge

      It’s been a long time since Staunton River was able to claim a regional title in anything (Boys indoor track, 1997).

  • JF diamondeers nail it down

      There was plenty of muscle flexing taking place at the Seminole District tourney championship game.

  • SRMS teacher named Bedford County's best

        After the birth of her son, Mason, Dina Linkenhoker was set to return to the workforce in a business-oriented career.

        But fate had a different answer.
        A friend casually suggested she try substitute teaching. Linkenhoker did—and she loved it. “I thought, ‘I just really want to do this forever,’” she said. “It took off from there.”

  • Grand Award nominees named

    Following a year of superb accomplishments both on the field of play and in the classroom, select student-athletes will be duly honored.

  • Elementary Teacher of the Year

        Vicky Putt believes she was picked to be a teacher as a child.
        “I started doing teaching kinds of things as a little girl,” Putt said. “I can’t imagine doing anything else. It’s what I was meant to do.”

  • Investigators look for leads in Forest shooting

        A shooting Thursday afternoon at a Forest home, that caused four schools and several businesses to go on lockdown, is still under investigation with few new details, according to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

        The lockdowns lasted for more than an hour. At that time Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown believed the area was clear and safe, but said area residents should continue to be careful.


    ROCKY MOUNT, Va., May 27, 2011 –   For the second time in less than a week a boater has destroyed a navigation marker in an active area of Smith Mountain Lake.
            Boaters should be aware that the R-16 marker will be missing during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The marker was located near Smith Mountain Lake State Park in what is known as the S-Curve, a high traffic area on the reservoir.

  • Deborah Shifflett enters pleas in embezzlement case

    The Hardy Volunteer Fire Department can soon begin recouping some of the more than $150,000 prosecutors say were embezzled from it for more than two decades by its long-time fire chief Jeffrey Shifflett.

    Following no contest pleas entered in Bedford County Circuit Court Friday afternoon by Deborah Shifflett, Jeffrey Shifflett's wife, to misdemeanor charges related to the case, the fire department can now gain access to the items purchased with those stolen department funds and begin selling them to help repay debts incurred under Jeffrey Shifflett's leadership.

  • Lockdown update: Investigators look for suspect in Forest shooting

    A shooting Thursday afternoon at a Forest home, that caused four schools and several businesses to go on lockdown, is continuing into the evening, according to Bedford Sheriff Mike Brown.
    The lockdowns were lifted in the area around 3:30 p.m., but area residents should continue to be careful, Brown said at a news conference Thursday.
    “Just take precautions,” he said. He said if anyone suspicious is spotted, residents should immediately call 911. He added that residents should keep their cars and homes locked.