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  • Program's focus: Safe teen driving

    Ben Creasey, at a teen driving presentation at Staunton River High School recently, recounted the worst night of his life.

    It was exactly four years ago last month and a friend came to his house to tell him his daughter, Ginni, had been in a crash. Creasey initially thought the damage was limited to the car. His wife, Crystal thought the same.

    "I kept saying, 'Now Ben, don't fuss at her. This is her first wreck,'" she recalled saying.

  • Bush pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter

    A Bedford County woman will spend the next six years in prison for attempting to elude Campbell County Sheriff's deputies last year.

    Heather Lynn Bush, 27, pleaded guilty to a felony level attempt to elude police and involuntary manslaughter when she appeared before Judge James Updike in Bedford County Circuit Court Friday.

  • Bedford Police Officer returns from duty in Iraq

    Tim Brooke normally wears the uniform of the Bedford City Police Department. Last year, however, he temporarily traded it for the pixilated camouflage of the United States Army.

    A captain in the Virginia National Guard, Brooke returned recently from duty in Iraq. Brooke served as a civil affairs officer with Headquarters Company, 116th Infantry Combat Brigade. His post was actually a Major's job, but he was assigned to it as he had been selected for promotion to that rank prior to the company's deployment.

  • County files response to Oakwood Villas lawsuit

    Bedford County Attorney Carl Boggess filed the county's response, in Bedford County Circuit Court, to a lawsuit over the rezoning that cleared the way for the Oakwood Villas condominium project.

  • Seven face drug-related charges

    Seven individuals are facing 29 charges as a result of indictments handed down before a Bedford County Special Grand Jury last month.

    On March 14, Bedford County Sheriff?s Narcotic Investigators testified before the Grand Jury resulting in the 29 indictments for distribution of narcotics and related offenses.

    "These indictments are the result of the on going commitment, hard work and dedication of the Narcotic Investigations Unit of the Bedford County Sheriff?s Office," stated Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office in a news release.

  • Moneta man dies while working at project

    A Moneta man died last Wednesday as the result of a fall off of scaffolding while working at the Downtown Moneta project off Va. 122, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

    Donald Lee Patrick, 51, died as a result of falling from the scaffolding while working as an employee of Riverview Plumbing at the project, according to Major Ricky Gardner of the BCSO. Gardner said Patrick, who was on his first day at the job , had been working alone when he fell and was discovered by a co-worker. Gardner said Patrick died en route to the hospital.

  • Woman dies in early-morning accident

    Stacy Doss, 30, of Vinton died as the result of a single-car accident early Friday morning.

    According to Virginia State Trooper A.S. Dayes, Doss was a passenger in the cream-colored 1993 Saturn when it left Bellevue Road traveling south and flipped over. Dayes said Doss, who was ejected from the vehicle, was wearing the shoulder harness of the seatbelt, but wasn't wearing the lap portion.

  • Board acts on development requests

    Two residential development proposals in the Forest area met different fates Monday night.

    The supervisors voted 7-1 to deny a request to rezone the Jefferson Ridge Apartments complex from R-2 (medium density residential) to R-3 (medium density multi-family residential). This would allow the developer to build 91 townhouse units and convert the existing townhouse-style apartment units to condominiums for sale. The planning commission voted, last year, to deny the rezoning by a 4-3 vote.

  • Chamber hands out honors at '50s themed dinner

    The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce awarded honors at a '50s themed dinner last week.

    A social hour, prior to the dinner, featured recordings of '50s rock-and-roll. During the dinner, itself, "The A'Cafellas" sang music from the '50s, which adapted well to the male a'capella ensemble. The young men are from E. C. Glass High School and barely remember the '90s but all agreed that their performance was thoroughly professional.

  • Vote ends in stalemate

    Residents of Cedar Key, a neighborhood on Smith Mountain Lake, are still waiting for a decision on a rezoning request after a tie vote by the Bedford County Board of Supervisors Monday night.

    A number of homeowners in the neighborhood want their land rezoned from AP (agricultural preserve) to R-1 (low density residential). The planning commission had voted, earlier this year, to rezone 16 of the 29 parcels and to fix a split zoning problem on three others.