Local News

  • Bank of the James car show helps out area food bank

    Bedford’s branch of the Bank of the James recently filled its parking lot with antique, classic and unusual cars in order to collect food for the Bedford Food Bank. The event collected 221 pounds of food for the food bank.

        The vehicles ranged from a Model T Ford to late ‘80s vintage muscle cars. A few cars had been modified as hot rods and sat with hoods open to display the gleaming chrome of big engines.

  • MC2: Providing helping hands

    Some 400 people from churches across Virginia gathered at the Eagle Eyrie Baptist Conference Center last week and spread out in teams, working at more than 30 sites, including several in Bedford County.

        The gathering, which has been an annual event for at least the past two decades, brought both young and old to the “Mission Connection/Celebration.”

  • Cannery open for business

    Only a few counties still sponsor community canneries and area residents seem to be taking advantage of the fact that Bedford County has one here.

  • Woman pleads guilty to taking indecent liberties with a minor

    A 34-year-old Bedford County woman pleaded guilty to taking indecent liberties with a 16-year-old boy.

        Angela Hackworth entered the pleas Tuesday morning in Bedford County Circuit Court. Along with the two felony indecent liberties charges, she also pleaded guilty to two felony abduction charges.

  • Seeking citizen journalists

    Maybe you’ve thought about being a citizen journalist, but didn’t know where to start?

        Well, The Bulletin’s soon-to-be-improved Web site could be the place. We are looking for community bloggers for www.bedfordbulletin.com and we’re inviting you to participate.

        We need experts and enthusiasts who can write about their selected topic on a regular basis.

  • Trials to be separated

        A former Staunton River High School head football coach will face two separate trials on charges of having sex with two minor girls.

  • National Night Out

    This year marks the 27th National Night Out, a national program designed to promote crime prevention awareness, generate support for law enforcement and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

        Bedford will join in for the first time on Tuesday, Aug. 3 at an event that runs from 7-10 p.m.

        At least, this is the first time this has been done in Lt. Todd Foreman’s memory. Lt. Foreman has been with the Bedford Police Department for 14 years.

  • Did jury in Earnest case read journals not in evidence?

        The jury that convicted Wesley Earnest of first degree murder on April 5 may have used exhibits that were not admitted into evidence, a defense motion to set aside the verdict states. Earnest was found guilty of murdering his estranged wife Jocelyn Earnest following a two-week trial this spring.

  • Wounded warriors

        Duty with the National Guard, which included deployments to combat zones, has given Louis Alvey a personal feel for the needs of returning soldiers who were injured. An awareness of the need led him to work as a peer specialist for Virginia’s Wounded Warrior Program. Alvey works out of Lynchburg.

        Alvey served in the Guard from 2004 until the beginning of this year. His service included a deployment to Iraq and another to Kuwait.

        “We mostly did route security,” he said of his second deployment.

  • Planning for the future

        The Bedford County School Board began work on a strategic plan at a work session late last month.

        During the work session, Dr. Douglas Schuch, the county’s superintendent of schools, presented a two-page draft version of a plan. He said that he will meet with school board members this month and in August, two at a time, to get input from them as staff develops a second draft of the plan. This will be followed by a work session on Sept. 23. He expects to submit a final version for their approval in October.