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  • Author seeks to deter suicide

    Dr. Ken Stifler sees hundreds of patients a year who have attempted to take their own lives. He's hoping that a book he's recently written will help prevent some future cases from happening.

    Stifler, who lives in the county a few miles from Bedford, is a mental health consultant for Lynchburg General Hospital's emergency room. He's part of a team that is called in when a person comes in, or is brought in, who has either attempted suicide or says that he's considering killing himself. He said that the team sees at least 150 people per month in this condition.

  • Man dies at construction site

    Man dies at construction site

    At 10:56 a.m. today (Thursday), Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call advising that a Hispanic man had fallen at a construction site on Whispering Springs Court, which is in the Farmington subdivision off Perrowville Road in Forest.

  • Breaking news - Man dies at construction site

    At 10:56 a.m. today (Thursday), Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call advising that a Hispanic man had falling at a construction site on Whispering Springs Court, which is in the Farmington subdivision off Perrowville Road in Forest.

  • Humane Society closer to finding site for animal shelter

    Society is seeking help to find foster homes for the animals it has now.

    According to Bedford Humane Society executive director Doreen Ehasz, the organization is in need of caring, temporary homes for foster animals.

  • Did you hear?

    Tattoos and sidewalks

    The Bedford Planning Commission took a look at tattoo parlors and sidewalks during its meeting held last Thursday. A tattoo parlor appears to be on the way and a sidewalk will likely appear along Independence Boulevard, though only in places.

  • Law enforcement honored

    For the fifth year, Bedford Domestic Violence Services has honored local law enforcement with its Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (LEAD) awards.

    According to Connie St. John, Bedford Domestic Violence Services' director, the award highlights the local collaborative climate between law enforcement, the court system, social services and Bedford Domestic Violence Services. St. John said that she works around the state and this collaborative environment doesn't exist in all localities.

  • Nine for now

    In 2001 Mike and Pam Poff were ready to take over a youth group at their church.

    But the night before that announcement was going to be made everything changed. Pregnant with what she believed was twins, Pam suffered complications late one night and went to Bedford Memorial Hospital. An ultrasound technician was called in.

  • DEQ meets with neighbors of sewage treatment plant

    Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) held a public information meeting Monday night at Camp Jaycee, on the department’s intention to reissue a permit for the camp’s sewage treatment plant.

    According to District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard, the board of supervisors had originally asked DEQ to hold a public hearing on the permit reissuance. After DEQ denied this request, the county requested a public information meeting.

  • Library renewal

    Sometimes one project reveals the need for another. This happened at Bedford’s Central Library.

  • BCSO: Students threaten teacher

    Charges are pending against two sixth grade students at Montvale Elementary School for disorderly conduct as a result of an investigation in which a teacher’s life was allegedly threatened.