Local News

  • Bedford House at a standstill

        Bedford House, Bedford’s community-built hospice house, closed in December and remains closed.
        According to Susan Epling, who took over as president of Bedford House’s board of directors on July 27, the hospice house was the victim of new state regulations that made it impossible to operate  as it was originally envisioned.

  • Bulletin update: All clear given af JFHS after bomb threat; school will resume as normal on Friday




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    This morning at 11:11 a.m. a student reported to a teacher that there was a threat written on a wall in the boys’ restroom. The school administration and the school resource officer were immediately made aware of the threat.

    The school was evacuated and then searched by law enforcement personnel and explosive K-9s from multiple jurisdictions. The students were dismissed early from school. There were no injuries.

  • D-Day sculptor loses battle with cancer

    Jim Brothers, a renowned sculptor who completed many of the National D-Day Memorial’s statuary pieces both prior to and after the dedication in 2001 has passed away after a long battle with cancer.  He was 72 years old. 

  • Update: Lockdown lifted at Forest area schools that had been placed on lockdown

    The lockdown has been lifted for four Forest area schools—Jefferson Forest High School, Forest Elementary, Thomas Jefferson Elementary and Forest Middle School. The schools were placed had been placed on a Level 1 lockdown earlier this morning.

    The lockdown was apparently in response to a search for a suspect by the Bedford County Sheriff's Office, though school officials directed questions to the Sheriff's Office, which wasn't immediately available for comment.

  • Fire damages South Street house

        A house in the 500 block of South Street, in Bedford was heavily damaged by a fire Sunday night.
        According to Bedford Fire Chief Brad Creasy, the fire was dispatched at 11:26 p.m.  Engine 1 arrived at 11:31 p.m., and the fire was marked under control at 11:53 p.m. The fire report list losses at $75,000. No one was injured.

  • Montgomery stepping down from Main Street

        Sue Montgomery retired once from public service here in Bedford, but that didn’t last long.

        The long-time director of economic development for Bedford County lasted only six months in retirement the first go-around after leaving her service with the county. Then she got “itchy feet” and took over as executive director of Bedford Main Street in the spring of 2012.

  • Plans underway for Centerfest 2013; volunteers needed

        Centerfest, one of Virginia’s largest outdoor street festivals, marks its 32nd year this September 28. 

  • A grave situation: Horse is rescued

        The Bedford Fire Department responded to Belltown Road at about 7:15 p.m. Sunday night for a reported horse stuck in a hole.
        When units arrived, it was discovered that the horse and hole were in a remote area of the owner’s property; about 1/4 mile through muddy, wooded terrain.    
        The Remote Access Vehicle (RAV), the newest piece of equipment the fire department has, was offloaded from its trailer and was used to carry six firefighters and large animal rescue equipment down to the horse.

  • Museum opens Masonic display

        This year marks the 200th anniversary of Liberty Lodge—Bedford’s Masonic lodge—and the Bedford Museum has opened a display to commemorate it.

        The building that houses the Museum was formerly the Masonic Lodge’s building. It was built in 1895 and served Liberty Lodge until 1978 when the Lodge moved to its current location on Longwood Avenue. The Lodge’s meeting room was on the third floor and the first and second floors provided space for a number of professional offices.

  • Bedford Moose Lodge hosts children

        Bedford’s Moose Lodge hosted some children from Moose Heart who are visiting Virginia. The local Moose fed them dinner.

        According to Kevin Dellis, the local Lodge’s governor, Moose Heart is a children’s home that the Moose operate near Chicago. Bedford’s Moose Lodge joins with other lodges in the Commonwealth to support the Virginia House.