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Today's News

  • Man dies at construction site

    At 10:56 a.m. last Thursday, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call advising that a Hispanic man had fallen at a construction site on Whispering Springs Court, which is in the Farmington subdivision off Perrowville Road in Forest.

    Bedford County Sheriff?s investigators and rescue units were dispatched to the scene and the victim died at the scene. The medical examiner was contacted and the body was transported to the Chief Medical Examiner?s Office in Roanoke for an autopsy. Officials from the Virginia Department of Labor were also on the scene.

  • SRMS, SRHS principals retiring after three decades of service

    After three decades of service in education, Staunton River Middle School Principal Linwood Roberts and Staunton River High School Principal Michael Kelly will be retiring from the Bedford County School System at the end of this school year.

    But they won't be leaving the work force. Each is ready to step into new vocations as of July 1.

    Kelly has spent the past 19 years with Bedford County Schools, following 11 spent as a teacher in Campbell County. He began his teaching career working with students with disabilities in 1978.

  • Resident challenges use of property

    According to Ruby Wells Dooley, Bedford County is violating the terms of an 1832 deed, using the property it owns in violation of that deed.

    "I have in front of me a copy of the 1832 deed and plat," Dooley commented, speaking before the Bedford County Board of Supervisors at its Monday night regular meeting.

    The deed, dated Aug. 25, 1832, records the sale of 283.25 acres of land to the county. The county nursing home and group home, the Sheriff's office, the PSA office, Falling Creek Park and other facilities are now located on this piece of land.

  • Grand jury indicts Earnest for murder

    A Bedford County Grand Jury has indicted Wesley Brian Earnest, 37, of Moneta on a first-degree murder charge in connection with the death of his wife last December.

    Earnest is charged with killing his estranged wife, Jocelyn Branham Earnest, Dec. 19 at her home in Forest. The grand jury handed down the first-degree murder and use of a firearm in a commission of a felony indictments during its meeting last Tuesday.

    Jocelyn Earnest was found dead from a gunshot wound to her head at her home on Dec. 20 by a friend.

  • Author seeks to deter suicide

    Dr. Ken Stifler sees hundreds of patients a year who have attempted to take their own lives. He's hoping that a book he's recently written will help prevent some future cases from happening.

    Stifler, who lives in the county a few miles from Bedford, is a mental health consultant for Lynchburg General Hospital's emergency room. He's part of a team that is called in when a person comes in, or is brought in, who has either attempted suicide or says that he's considering killing himself. He said that the team sees at least 150 people per month in this condition.

  • Man dies at construction site

    Man dies at construction site

    At 10:56 a.m. today (Thursday), Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call advising that a Hispanic man had fallen at a construction site on Whispering Springs Court, which is in the Farmington subdivision off Perrowville Road in Forest.

  • Breaking news - Man dies at construction site

    At 10:56 a.m. today (Thursday), Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call advising that a Hispanic man had falling at a construction site on Whispering Springs Court, which is in the Farmington subdivision off Perrowville Road in Forest.

  • Without a commitment for a sidewalk along Independence Boulevard, the zoning requirement results in a sidewalk to nowhere

    Up until recently, city of Bedford officials were counting on the Virginia Department of Transportation to come up with funds to build a sidewalk along Independence Boulevard. Because of that, developers along the road weren’t required to comply with the zoning ordinance to build sidewalks as part of their development.

    Up until now.

  • Working to make health care more accessible and affordable

    Currently, more than 47 million Americans are without health insurance and millions more are underinsured. These statistics are simply unacceptable. It is time for real health care reform which focuses on strategies that help Americans obtain the best quality health care at the least cost.

  • M-Spam becoming a serious problem

    Spam in text messages on cell phones is a growing problem in the United States, and several of us are sponsoring legislation in the House of Representatives to outlaw this practice.

    Earlier in this decade, the ?Do Not Call? registry was enacted in response to consumer complaints that unwanted telemarketing calls had become a serious nuisance at home and on their cell phones. Ever since the registry was established, the amount of unwanted telemarketing calls has dropped significantly.