Local News

  • Following the Yellow Brick Road

        All Bedford Police Lieutenant Todd Foreman had to do was follow the Yellow Brick Road at the end of a two-month FBI Academy.

        This is easier said than done. The Yellow Brick Road is a 6.2 mile run. The FBI Academy is held at Quantico and 3.1 miles of this run consisted of a Marine Corps obstacle course. Lt. Foreman has a yellow brick with the number of his FBI Academy class to prove he made it. Bedford Police Chief Jim Day also has one. He completed the Academy while with Roanoke’s police department.  

  • BCSO: Children found in trunk of vehicle

        Bond was set Friday for the three adults accused of placing their children in the trunk of a car and driving off from the Bedford McDonalds last week.

        Last Monday, July 13, three adults from Petersburg were arrested on child endangerment charges in Bedford County in connection with the case.

  • Signs of the times

    There have been some layoffs in Bedford. According to some signs popping up on some Centertown store fronts, Gloom, Doom and Bad News have been laid off.

        The signs were done by Mike Buley, of Jewelry Ads that Work, and Jim Messier, who owns Arthur’s Jewelry, is the local connection. Buley, according to Messier, has customers all over North America.

  • Arrests made in burglary

    Last week Bedford County Sheriff’s Office investigators and deputies executed search warrants at 1050 Windhaven Trail and 1081 Windhaven Trail in Hardy. The search warrants were the results of an ongoing investigation of criminal activity in the area of Windhaven Trail.

        Deputies arrested Johnathan King, 21, who lives at the 1050 address and charged him with burglary, grand larceny and conspiracy to commit grand larceny. Steven Goodwin, 19, who lives at the 1081 address, was also arrested on the same charges as King.

  • Woman gets six years for shooting

    Sandra Faye Campbell, 48, will spend six years in prison for her participation in the shooting of a Bedford County man in January 2008.

        Campbell, of Thaxton, was sentenced to 16 years, with 10 years suspended, for her convictions on malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony charges.

        Campbell entered Alford pleas on the charges in April, accepting guilt while not admitting to the prosecution’s theory in the case.

  • Motorcycle crash proves fatal

        A Tuesday morning motorcycle crash proved fatal to a Monroe, Virginia man.

        According to state police, Jack Rodney Williams, 62, apparently lost control of his 2004 Suzuki motorcycle. The motorcycle went off the right side of the highway and Williams was ejected. He was transported to Bedford Memorial Hospital where he later died.

        The accident, which is still under investigation, occured at 8:20 a.m. on Va. 122, North of Bedford, south of it’s intersection with Hurricane Drive (Va. 639).

  • Grant will benefit history teachers

    Several Bedford County teachers will get a better understanding of U.S. history through a program funded by a $750,000 federal grant.

        Bedford County Public Schools, which partnered with six other jurisdictions, has received a  “Teaching American History” grant of $743,397 from the U.S. Department of Education. Over a three-year period, the grant will support a program called “American History in International Context,” which provides high-quality professional development to teachers of American history.

  • A blast from the past

    General Jubal Early and “Old Betsy” paid Fridays at the Museum a visit last week.

        Actually, it wasn’t really Gen. Early. The famous Confederate general, a Franklin County native, died 115 years ago, but Mike Mehaffey makes a very good replica. Mehaffey, a retired Sheriff’s Office investigator looks enough like Early to be his twin. A Civil War reenactor, Mehaffey has been reenacting Gen. Early for a number of years and is an expert on Early’s life.

  • Broadband authority approved

    Bedford County’s supervisors voted, Monday night, to create a broadband authority with the board of supervisors serving as the authority’s board. The measure passed 4-3.

        The purpose of the broadband authority is to create a public-private partnership that will extend Internet broadband service to areas of the county that don’t currently have it. According to Frank Rogers, the county’s assistant county administrator, the county has received a $55,000 grant from the Tobacco Commission. The grant requires a local match of $5,000.

  • Former Hardy fire chief found dead of gun shot wound

    The former volunteer fire chief of the Hardy Volunteer Fire Company was found dead July 8, one day after he had been indicted by a Bedford County grand jury on 14 felony charges related to the embezzlement of funds from the fire company.