Today's News

  • Lightning strikes twice

    There is a saying that lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same spot, but this apparently doesn’t apply to car crashes.        Virginia State Trooper R. L. Johnson had responded to a crash, Sunday morning, that occurred on U. S. 460 about eight-tenths of a mile east of Va. 825. A Mercury Mountaineer had gone off  the highway, struck an embankment, rolled and ended up on its top.

  • Firefighter injured during Good Samaritan effort

    By John Barnhart and Tom Wilmoth

    Staff Writer

        A Moneta volunteer firefighter was seriously injured, Sunday afternoon, while attempting to help a disabled motorist.
        According to State Police, Michael Shawn Ring, 26, of Moneta, was a passenger in his girlfriend's car and traveling north on Va. 122. Just north of Joppa Mill Road they spotted a disabled vehicle on the opposite side of the highway. They pulled off and Ring attempted to cross the highway to help.

  • Donation will cover 10 percent of need

        The Bedford Business Leads Group purchased 35 back packs and stuffed them with school supplies. Karen Hughes, of the Bedford County Department of Social Services, said that she has received 350 applications from parents for back-to-school supplies for children.

        “This is the most we have ever had,” Hughes said.

  • Big problem at Big Otter Mill

        Big Otter Mill, located on Va. 122, north of Bedford, has a big problem. A big tree, felled by a storm over the weekend, is partially blocking the point where the mill’s mill race enters the Big Otter River.

        The storm came through Saturday night.
        “We got between seven and eight inches of rain,” said Becky Wuergler, a member of the Big Otter Mill Foundation’s board of directors who lives less than three miles from the mill.

  • Superintendent: AYP results becoming less relevant

        Six Bedford County schools reached their adequate yearly progress goals for last year; 15 did not. The results reflect a nationwide trend that has more schools failing to meet increasing federal requirements that many say have to be revised.

        “I have a lot of concerns about the No Child Left Behind law as it is currently written,” stated Bedford County Schools Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch.

  • Students head back to school

    While summer won’t officially be over for another month, it practically ends for about 10,300 Bedford County students Monday.

        Summer vacation is through—the 2011-2012 school year is set to begin.
        “We’re just excited to have the students back,” stated Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch. “We’re very excited and enthused about another school year and all of the great things we have in store for the students in the year to come.”
        And there will be changes.

  • Thursday shootout leaves one dead

        A shootout, just before midnight Thursday, left one dead and one wounded.

  • Two men shot prior to suspect's standoff with police

    For years the family feud had been simmering—on Monday it boiled over.

  • Photo of the week: Kermit and the Kid

  • Sports Commentary: Fear factor

      “Crying?  There’s no crying in baseball!”