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  • Who shot Slick?

    Somebody shot one of Anne Ferrell’s best friends a few weeks ago.

        This particular friend is a young dog named Slick. Slick is an all black short-haired mutt who’s name came due to her short, smooth fur according to her son, Billy Ferrell.

  • Smoking ban

    The possibility of a smoking ban in bars and restaurants got varied reactions in Bedford.

        The measure under consideration in Richmond by legislators would outlaw smoking in restaurants and bars unless they build an enclosed area with a separate ventilation system for the smokers.

  • Art, music teacher positions defended

    A number of speakers stood up to defend Bedford County’s elementary art and music programs at a public hearing on the school budget Thursday night. The hearing was held during a regular meeting of the Bedford County School Board.

        Among the 77 positions slated for elimination are 10 elementary school art and music teachers.

        “We are more than numbers,” said Kevin Smith, a music teacher.

  • Extension granted

    A lawsuit over a rezoning issue for Oakwood Villas Retirement homes has been dismissed in Bedford County Circuit Court. As a result, developers have also been granted another six months to submit detailed plans for the development.   

  • Missing girl found; Rhode Island man arrested

    A Bedford County girl reported missing Tuesday evening is now safely back home, and a Rhode Island man has been arrested in connection with her disappearance.

        The search started when the Sheriff's Office got a call at 4:53 p.m. Tuesday from Hayden Mitchell, who lives on Evington Road. Mitchell reported seeing a young female and a young male acting suspiciously. He reported that they were walking in the direction of Campbell County and, every time they saw a car coming, they would hide in the woods. Deputies from Bedford County and Campbell County responded.

  • Suspect in Forest bank robbery arrested

    The man suspected of robbing the SunTrust Bank in Forest Tuesday afternoon was arrested in Forsyth County, N.C., Thursday night.

        The suspect was identified by a caller who saw the story on a North Carolina television news report and notified the police with information.

        William Myrl Smitherman, 19, of Clemmons, N.C., is being held on a fugitive warrant from Virginia in the Forsyth County North Carolina Jail, awaiting extradition.

  • Bomb scare briefly courthouse

        The Bedford legal community received a morning jolt that was stronger than the usual cup of coffee when staff was notified of a bomb scare.

        The message was received Friday, at 8:24 a.m. by the county's 911 dispatch center, according to Major Ricky Gardner, of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

  • Stabbing leads to charge

    An Evington man has been charged in connection with a stabbing early Friday morning.

        At 1:58 a.m. Firday the Bedford County Sheriff’s received a call reporting a stabbing. Deputies responded to 1179 Langford Lane and talked to the victim, Jeremy Neighbors, who said he had been stabbed.

  • Blevins speaks at United Way conference

    Dr. James Blevins, Bedford County’s superintendent of schools, was one of the panelists at a United Way of Central Virginia conference held in Lynchburg recently. The conference theme was “Closing the Achievement Gap in Central Virginia.”

        “Our teachers have to be what I call ‘angels’,” Dr. Blevins said.

  • Supervisors accept revised site plan

    Last year ended with the Bedford County Board of Supervisors telling Southside Electric to try harder to create an acceptable site plan for a proposed substation on Dickerson Mill Road.