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Local News

  • State budget will challenge General Assembly

    Virginia’s General Assembly will face a serious budgetary challenge when it convenes in Richmond on Jan. 14.

        “The picture is not pretty,” commented Delegate Lacey Putney, chairman of the House of Delegates Appropriations Committee.

        The Appropriations Committee, one of 14 standing Committees of Virginia’s  House of Delegates, has jurisdiction over state budget matters, according to the committee’s Web site.

  • Roosters turned over to county at hearing

        A Bedford County man facing charges for selling roosters for cockfighting will have to post a bond of $8,000 if he hopes to get the 40 birds confiscated from his property back.

  • Caged

    A Bedford County man is facing charges for selling roosters for cockfighting, following his arrest last week as part of a pre-Christmas round-up of criminals in the county.

  • Sheriff cites Bullet ad for arrests

    An advertisement, placed by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office in The Bullet earlier this fall, is being credited by Sheriff Mike Brown as a catalyst to numerous arrests since it appeared, including several announced last week in a pre-Christmas round-up.

        During a news conference last Tuesday, the sheriff announced charges against 18 different individuals. Most of those charges involved the distribution of drugs including    marijuana,   cocaine and heroin.

  • Boone wins Athena Award

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce selected the area’s Athena Award from a field of nine nominees. The winner was announced at the Chamber’s annual Women of Influence Luncheon earlier this month.

        The winner was Mary Jo Boone. Boone, who serves as CEO of the Bedford Area YMCA, was nominated by a number of people associated with the Y.    

  • House burns on Christmas Eve

        It wasn't the night before Christmas, but a Bedford couple's plans for Christmas day were radically altered. They were forced to flee their home in the wee hours of the morning of Dec. 24 when their house caught fire. Fortunately, they were able to escape the rapidly progressing fire without injury.

  • Carrying water for Bedford County

    After several years of reacting to growth, the Bedford County Public Service Authority (PSA) now will attempt to spend some time on planning, according to Brian Key, the PSA’s director.

        Key took over the spigot from Willie Jones at the end of last year.

  • New CASA volunteers sworn in at ceremony

    Judge Philip Wallace of the Bedford Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court swore in a group of new CASA volunteers Thursday evening.

        CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. These are trained volunteers who are appointed by the court to be a voice for any children affected by a case that comes through that court. Their job is to investigate the situation and provide independent factual information to the court regarding the child. This report may contain recommendations as to the child’s welfare.

  • Seminar focuses on teamwork

    Two area groups and one hospital teamed up to sponsor a day-long seminar on investigating and prosecuting child abuse.

  • Fire destroys home; owner injured in blaze

    A fire in the 1800 block of Lazenbury Dr. in Bedford County Wednesday afternoon left the homeowner with second and third degree burns and her home destroyed. Family members are hoping, however, that Barbara Hamilton will be home for Christmas.

        “She’s doing a little better,” Debbie Bowyer said of her mom, stating that she was still at Lynchburg General Hospital recovering from her burns.