Local News

  • Zoning meeting draws public interest

    t look, Monday night, at proposed changes to the county’s zoning ordinance.

        Bedford County’s community development department held an informational meeting in the County Administration building’s ground floor training room. The walls were covered with maps of each district showing the current zoning and the proposed new zoning. The maps for the proposed new zoning were covered with clear plastic sheets that allowed people to write suggestions on them. The proposed maps were the first draft of the zoning maps.

  • Substation request greeted with skepticism

    Bedford County’s supervisors expressed skepticism Monday over the location of a proposed Southside Electric substation.

        The power company wants to build a new power substation on a 5.7 acre lot on Dickerson Mill Road. The county’s planning commission voted 7-0 to recommend approval.

  • Breaking news: Fire destroys home

    A fire at 1832 Lazenbury Dr. in Bedford County Wednesday afternoon left the homeowner with second and third degree burns and her home destroyed.

        Firefighters from throughout the county responded to the blaze around 2:15 p.m. and when the first units arrived the home was fully involved in flames, according to Monty Coleman, Fire Chief with the Forest Fire Department.

  • Breaking: Death of child ruled a homicide

    A special grand jury will be impaneled next month to investigate the death of an eight-month old child in September.

        Bedford Police Department Chief Jim Day said this week that the death of the child, Marissa Burnette, had officially been ruled this week as a homicide.

        On Sept. 2, officers responded to 1114 Maiden Lane in the city of Bedford regarding a possible injury to the child.  The child was transported to Bedford Memorial Hospital and then to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where it was later pronounced deceased. 

  • Breaking: Chervan to close the majority of its Bedford plant

    Frank Chervan, Inc. has announced the closure of several operating units located at its Bedford plant.

        The company today notified about 90 affected workers that operations will be closed in early February.  The company will still operate a rough lumber mill in Bedford that will likely employ around 30 people.

  • Accidental shooting claims county teen

    An accidental shooting claimed the life of a county teen early Monday evening.

        “We first got the call about 5:22 yesterday evening,” said Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office in a phone interview Tuesday morning.

  • Let the shopping begin

    Dire economic news doesn’t appear to be changing most people’s Christmas shopping plans in this area.


        “Overall, the year has been pretty decent,” said Jim Messier, owner of Arthur’s Jewelry.


        Messier said that, as Christmas approaches, traffic to his store has been normal. He attributes this to his regular clientele and keeping customers happy.


  • Remaining charges dropped against Bedford man

    A Bedford man, acquitted in September on three felony sex offense accounts, won’t face any more trials on the remaining nine charges he faced. He will, however, spend more than three years in prison on a domestic felony assault and battery conviction.

  • County Nursing Home rates rise

        The daily rates that Bedford County Nursing Home residents pay will go up, but not as much as originally advertised.

        According to County Administrator Kathleen Guzi, Medicaid will reimburse the county at a higher daily room rate than what the supervisors set earlier this year. Without raising the room rate the nursing home stood to lose $75,000 in Medicaid money. The supervisors had set a daily rate of $155 for a semi-private room, $160 for a private room with a shared bathroom and $169 for a private room.

  • Earnest’s trial delayed until June

    The murder trial of a Moneta man accused of killing his wife last December in Forest has been delayed until June.


        Wesley Brian Earnest, 38, has been charged with first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, in connection with the Dec. 19, 2007, death of his estranged wife Jocelyn Earnest at her home.