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Today's News

  • Do you trust the government? ?

        Last week Rick Howell in his Liberal Agenda, typical of the left wing extremists who dominate the “Democratic” Party, blamed the problem of mass shootings in the United States on the presence of guns  in America. At the beginning of of his column, he identified Columbine High School as the scene of America’s first mass shooting in a high school. He correctly gave the year of that mass shooting as 1999.

  • Separate accidents result in fatalities

        Two local men were killed in separate motor vehicle accidents last week.
        Virginia State Police Trooper T.C. Fairburn is investigating a motor vehicle crash which resulted in a fatality at 8:18 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 on Route 608 (Tolers Ferry Road), near the intersection of Route 739 (Fairview Church Road) in Bedford County.

  • Board looks at outside agency funding

        Every year, both Bedford County and the town of Bedford receive requests from outside agencies for funds.
        The local governments are mandated to comply with some funding requests, such as funding to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail. Bedford County opted some years back to cease operating its own county jail and joined a regional system.
        Others, such as funding to the Lynchburg Juvenile Detention Center, are   contractual obligations.

  • School board adopts budget

        The Bedford County School Board, Thursday night, unanimously adopted a $105.7 million budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
        This budget is 3.1 percent higher than the current budget. The budget asks for an additional $1.2 million in local money, a 3.5 percent increase over the current level of local spending on the schools.

  • Judge upholds 5-year sentence

        Last December, Vicky Thomas Clarke, 56, was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter—she had been charged with second degree murder–for killing her brother in the early morning hours on Oct. 1, 2015.
        The eight-man, four-woman jury recommended a five-year sentence. The five-year sentence falls midway between the one to 10 years that a sentence for voluntary manslaughter can carry.
        Tuesday, Circuit Court Judge James Updike upheld that recommendation.

  • People are welcome

        The fenced in area to your left, as you enter the Claytor Nature Study Center, is not an off-limits research area.

        It’s only off limits to deer, and they are why the fence is there. People are welcome. In fact, the Claytor folks, and the Bedford Area Master Gardeners want you to look around in that area because it is a demonstration garden. It has species of plants — a number are native species — that do well in this area.

  • Hospice House Friends raise more than $2,000

        Friends of Bedford Hospice House held what Anne Soukhanov, chairman of the Friends board of directors, considers a very successful fundraiser. It was a breakfast held at the Bower Center last week and Friends sold 90 out of the 100 tickets they printed.

        Friends exists to assist the Bedford Hospice House and to organize volunteers who support the House in various ways.

  • Video announces snow day to students

        Snow days for Bedford County Public Schools are becoming a video sensation for students, parents and staff.

        Knowing that a possible snow event could lead to a closing announcement, BCPS Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Edwards went to work to complete a new video announcing that potential free day for Facebook.
        And it’s a hit.

  • Manley III wins 2018 shootout

    Garnet Manley III, a sophomore at Jefferson Forest High School, won the 2018 Hurricane Junior Golf Tour Richmond Junior Shootout, at Providence Golf Club in Richmond, Virginia, this past weekend. In harsh conditions Manley III shot 75-75. Temperatures were in the high 30’s to low 40’s both days with the wind chill making it feel like the 20’s.
        

  • JF impresses at New Balance Nationals

    Jefferson Forest’s Logan Sheppard, Patrick McCray, Bobby Nevarez and Tacelyen Hurt took their talents to New York March 9-11 to compete in the New Balance Nationals Indoor track and field meet.
        

    The boys took part in the 1600 meter Sprint Medley Relay event. With a time of 3:41.49 the team finished 18th in the Emerging Elite division.