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  • Storm results in widespread damage, power outages

        Thousands of Bedford area residents lost power Thursday—and some for several days after that—the result of the area’s second Derecho in a year.

        Late last June a Derecho brought winds up to 80 miles per hour and last week’s storm featured 70 mph winds. Trees were uprooted, branches were blown off and electrical lines were knocked down as a result of the latest storm.

  • Who to call about power outages; SEC reports on restoration efforts

    Who to call

  • Suspect arrested in Forest robbery

    Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators arrested James Robert Wilson Thursday evening and charged him with Monday night’s robbery of the Quik-E Food Mart in Forest.

    Wilson, 33, was arrested in the Forest area after investigators received a call from an citizen advising of his possible whereabouts. Wilson is a transient and has no known address. He is being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center on no bond.

  • Bulletin update: Suspect arrested in Forest robbery at Quik-E Food Mart

    Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators arrested James Robert Wilson Thursday evening and charged him with Monday night’s robbery of the Quik-E Food Mart in Forest.

    Wilson, 33, was arrested in the Forest area after investigators received a call from an citizen advising of his possible whereabouts. Wilson is a transient and has no known address. He is being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center on no bond.

  • Storm update: BBB warns against storm chasers

    The BBB Serving Western VA is advising consumers affected by recent powerful storms to be on the lookout for storm chasers and out-of-town contractors soliciting homeowners and businesses.
    “Too often we see itinerant workers swarm into Western Virginia after major storm damage,” said Julie Wheeler, President and CEO of BBB Serving Western VA. “It is not uncommon for these storm chasers to be unlicensed and full of big promises they can’t deliver. They are often long gone to another state by the time the consumer realizes the job is half-done or done incorrectly.”

  • Tips for recovering from the storm

    VDEM Offers Safety Tips for Storm Recovery

    RICHMOND, Va. – A line of severe thunderstorms with heavy winds affected many areas of Virginia Thursday, June 13, causing downed trees and widespread power outages. As residents clean up from the storm, here are important safety tips to follow:

    Travel Safety
    Use caution while driving. Where traffic signals are not operating, treat the intersection as a four-way stop.
    Watch for storm debris, downed power lines and tree limbs on the roads.

  • Brewing political tea in Bedford

        Ann Briscoe got the idea for a Bedford Tea Party when she and her husband, John, attended a Glenn Beck rally in Washington, D. C. in 2010.

        Then, later, she was at a local Republican unit meeting, talking with some people outside when Laura Rodes suggested that Bedford should have a Tea Party. Travis Witt offered to start one if somebody assisted him. Briscoe agreed and that’s how the Bedford Tea Party got rolling.

  • D-Day veterans show up for 69th observance

        June 6, 2013, the 69th anniversary of D-Day included authentic weather. Instead of the usual Virginia June heat and humidity that accompanies these anniversary observances at the National D-Day Memorial, it was cool and a low overcast sky poured buckets of rain.

  • French government says 'Thank you' to American veterans

        Bernard Marie has hosted a D-Day/World War II dinner every year for 29 years on the anniversary of D-Day. The number of living veterans dwindles and the men are getting increasingly frail. Nevertheless 310 people packed the dining room at Roanoke’s Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center Thursday evening.

  • Moose to light up the skies

        The city of Bedford won’t be sponsoring Fourth of July fireworks, but there will be fireworks here after all.
        They just won’t be on July 4.
        According to Andy Dooley, the lodge administrator at the Bedford Moose Lodge, the Moose will sponsor fireworks on July 5.
        Why July 5?
        Dooley said that if you want fireworks on July 4, you have to book a company early. Everybody was all booked up for July 4 at this late date.