Local News

  • 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.

  • FMS student wins Bedford County Spelling Bee

    Jake Richardson might want to spend some time studying  menus from area restaurants before the upcoming regional Spelling Bee in Roanoke.

        A year ago Jake was eliminated from the Bedford County Division Spelling Bee after missing the word “chimichanga.” This year, en route to becoming Bedford County’s top speller, he correctly spelled “anchovy,” though his Dad thought he’d missed it.

  • Former teacher pleads in case

    A former Staunton River High School teacher will serve seven months in prison for a sexual relationship he had with a 16-year-old student on school property in 2005.

        David Allen Cherry, 39, of Forest was found guilty Monday in Bedford County Circuit Court by Judge James Updike of seven misdemeanor charges of  contributing to the delinquency of a minor in the case. Cherry entered Alford pleas to the charges which mean he accepts the guilty verdict in his own best interest while not conceding his guilt in the case.

  • Authorities urge parents to be informed, involved

     A recent incident in which a 21-year-old man traveled to Bedford county to allegedly run off with a 13-year-old girl illustrates the dark side of the Internet, local authorities state.

  • Crash claims life of Pittsville man

        An 80-year-old Pittsville, Va., man died in a two-vehicle accident last Thursday afternoon.

        The accident occurred around 2 p.m. on Route 608 about a mile east of route 734 in the Huddleston area.

        Richard Smith Anderson, 80, was driving a 2000 Ford van and died as a result of injuries from the accident. According to  Sgt. Bob Carpentieri of the Virginia State Police he was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident.

  • Burn ban set to begin

    The Commonwealth’s 4 p.m. Burning Law goes into effect Feb. 15  – the start of spring fire season in Virginia.

        This law prohibits burning before 4 p.m. each day (Feb. 15 – April 30) if the fire is in, or within 300 feet of, woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.

  • Breaking: Sheriff's Office releases photo of suspect in robbery

    A photo of the suspect in Tuesday afternoon's robbery of the SunTrust Bank in Forest has been released by the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

        The suspect is believed to have been pictured placing an order at the Burger King fast-food restaurant next door to the bank. The photos were taken just prior to the bank robbery, which occurred at about 2:31 p.m. When he entered the bank, the suspect is believed to have been wearing a wig. He was also believed to be captured on surveillance video at the Burger King about 45 minutes prior to the robbery.

  • Student caught with gun at Bedford Elementary

    A Bedford Elementary School student was taken into custody Monday morning after a teacher discovered the student had a .45 caliber handgun in his backpack.


        The Bedford Police Department received the call about 10:15 a.m. When police arrived, the school administration had already confiscated the gun, according to Bedford Police Chief Jim Day.


  • BCSO investigating bank robbery, shooting

    Sheriff's Office deputies and investigators were busy Tuesday responding to an apparent shooting in Moneta and an unrelated bank robbery in Forest. Information was still being gathered on the incidents at press time but updates on each investigation can be found at www.bedfordbulletin.com as it becomes available.

        Bank robber Willie Sutton was once asked why he robbed banks.  “Because that's where the money is,” he replied.

  • Nester: New ordinance a work in progress

    Progress on a new zoning ordinance is underway.

        According to George Nester, the county’s director of community development, the planning commission is in the process of looking at a draft copy of the ordinance’s permitted use table. This is being done in a series of scheduled 5 p. m. work sessions open to the public.