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  • Update: Lockdown lifted at five Bedford County schools

    The lockdown of five Bedford County schools that were placed on lockdown this morning has been lifted, according to Bedford County Public Schools.

    The schools had been placed on lock down while a law enforcement investigation was taking place in the Forest Zone.

    Forest Elementary, Thomas Jefferson Elementary, Otter River Elementary, Forest Middle School and Jefferson Forest High were the schools on lock down.

  • Lake Christian Ministries exceeds expectations during Roanoke Valley Gives campaign

    By Emily Scruggs
    Intern Writer
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        “This is just an incredibly generous, gracious community,” said Lake Christian Ministries (LCM) member Jerry Hale about the Lake community.
         Hale along with several other members of the LCM provided refreshments, entertainment and assistance for donors during the Roanoke Valley Gives (RVG)  campaign day at Wainwright and Co. Relators in Moneta.

  • Driver killed in March 10 accident

        Virginia State Police Senior Trooper M. D. Mayhew is investigating a fatal crash which occurred on March 10. The crash occurred at 7:39 a.m. on Route 24, at its intersection with Joppa Mill Road in Bedford County.
        A 1993 Chevrolet Geo Tracker was traveling east on Route 24 and was slowing to make a left turn onto Joppa Mill Road. A 2005 Ford F-250, also traveling east on Route 24 crossed the double yellow center line, sideswiping the Chevrolet and striking a Bedford County School Bus which was traveling west on Route 24.

  • A busy day for area firefighters

        Bedford County firefighters were kept busy last Thursday afternoon and evening with three fires.
         The first one was called in at about 3:45 p.m. reporting a single-wide mobile home on fire on Unity Lane in the Chamblissburg area of the county. When fire units from Stewartsville-Chamblissburg, Moneta and Bedford arrived the home was fully engulfed in flames, with the fire extending into the woods and an adjacent mobile home.

  • Chamber holds legislative wrap-up breakfast

        In spite of scheduling its Legislative Wrap-up Breakfast on a cold Monday morning, that felt like February instead of March, the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce’s event saw a large turnout.

         Senators Steve Newman and David Suetterlein and Delegates Kathy Byron and Scott Garrett reported to the gathering on the recently concluded “short session” of the General Assembly.

  • Sheriff Brown named Sheriff of the Year

        Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown has been named the National Sheriffs’ Association’s (NSA) sheriff of the year.

        Brown will receive the NSA’s 2017 Ferris E. Lucas Sheriff of the Year award at the organization’s annual conference in Reno, Nevada, in June. The award recognizes a sheriff who has made outstanding contributions to law enforcement and the criminal justice profession, demonstrates exceptional service to his or her community, and has contributed to the betterment of the NSA.

  • Grace House closes

    Grace House, a homeless shelter located in Bedford, closed late last month.

        According to Caleb Hunter, who identified himself as “VP and CEO” of Grace House, it was a financial problem that forced it to close.
        “We don’t receive any grants,” Hunter said. “We have had no corporate sponsors.”
        He added that Grace House doesn’t receive any government money and is not getting routine support from any churches.

  • BMH sponsors Women’s Heart Health Lunch

        On Friday, the Bedford Columns dining room was filled with red-clad people.

        Bedford Memorial Hospital sponsored a Heart Healthy Lunch at the the Columns. People were encouraged to wear red and  Bedford Memorial CEO Patti Jurkus commented that this year marks 14 years since the first National Wear Red Day was held to promote heart disease awareness.
        The gathering was overwhelmingly female and Jurkus said heart disease is the number one killer of women.

  • Local charities to be part of ‘Roanoke Valley Gives’ campaign

    By Emily Scruggs
    Intern Writer
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        Several lake-area charities announced their participation in the second annual “Roanoke Valley Gives” (RVG) campaign. This event, organized by the Foundation for the Roanoke Valley, is a 24-hour online day of giving, slated for March 15.

  • Friends group to support hospice house

        Bedford House, the hospice house the community built, is fully state-licensed and up and running.