Local News

  • 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.

  • YMCA hosts health fair

        Though it was cold, people still turned up at a health fair hosted by the Bedford Area YMCA earlier this month. Bedford Memorial Hospital provided most of the information tables.

  • Breaking: BCSO continues search for 13-year-old girl

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the disappearance of a 13 year old girl that was first called in late Tuesday afternoon.

  • Smyth eliminates seven positions

        Smyth has eliminated seven positions at its Bedford Plant. This brings its workforce down to 128 employees.

        “We are battling increased costs,” said Ben Witt, the plant’s general manager who said that the plant has also implemented some plant-wide short work weeks.

        Witt said that the plant is paying more for electricity, raw materials and fuel.

        “That’s what we are struggling against right now,” he said.

  • Taking care of the facilities

    Having saved close to $2 million from construction projects at Jefferson Forest and Staunton River high schools, the Bedford County School Board is hoping to use that leftover money to work on several smaller projects.