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  • '75 abduction case in Maryland leads investigators to Bedford County

    The 1975 abduction and murder case of two sisters in Montgomery County, Maryland, has led investigators to the Taylor Mountain area of Bedford County.

    Investigators with the Montgomery County (MD) Police Department are “zeroing in” on who they believe is responsible for taking the two girls, Sheila and Katherine Lyon, from a popular suburban Washington D.C. shopping center in 1975.

  • Redistricting proposal for Body Camp students released

    Bedford County Public Schools has released a proposed redistricting plan for students in the Staunton River attendance zone affected by the closing of Body Camp Elementary for the 2015-2016 school year.

  • 2nd person of interest named in case of sisters' abduction

    Investigators have named a second person of interest in the abduction and slaying case of two sisters in 1975 in Montgomery County, Maryland, and a special grand jury is scheduled to convene Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court to help with the investigation.

    For the past several weeks the four-decade long investigation into the missing girls has been focused in the Taylor Mountain area of Bedford County. A search for the bodies of the two girls has been ongoing over the rough terrain of the mountain.

  • Man enters FES, apparently steals teacher's credit card

    Bedford County Public Schools officials are working to increase security at Forest Elementary School following reports of an intruder who entered the school Sept. 19.

    According to school officials, an African-American man, bald and apparently in his 20s, went to the school and requested to have lunch with a first grade student.

  • Foreman named new Bedford Police chief

    Todd Foreman has been appointed Chief of Police for the Town of Bedford.

    An 18 year veteran of the Bedford Police Department, Foreman has served in the office of Lieutenant since 2009. He is a graduate of Liberty University, where he is completing work on a Master of Science degree.

    Foreman is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy as well as the Professional Executive Leadership School sponsored by the University of Richmond. He succeeds Jim Day, who retired from the position after eight years.

  • Deputy cleared in July officer-involved shooting

    A Bedford County Sheriff's OFfice Deputy has been cleared in the officer-involved shooting that occurred July 30.

    The special prosecutor's report to the Virginia State Police follows:

     

     

    To: Virginia State Police,

    From: Mary Pettitt, Special Prosecutor for Bedford County and Commonwealth’s Attorney of Montgomery County

  • BRWA develops strategic plan

    Staff reports
        
        The Bedford Regional Water Authority has released its first strategic plan that will guide the Authority over the next few years.
        “It’s been an exciting process to go through for the Authority. After operating for a year and a half, we are ready to take the next step of planning for the future to ensure that we are the most efficient and effective water authority we can be,” stated Brian Key, Authority executive director.

  • Mature Driver Law change goes into effect Jan. 1

        Beginning January 1, Virginia law requires drivers age 75 and older to visit a Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) customer service center every five years to renew their driver’s licenses.
        These drivers do not need to renew their licenses until their current licenses are set to expire. At each renewal, they will have a vision screening, which is the standard for all individuals renewing in person.
        Currently, drivers 80 and up renew their licenses in person every eight years.

  • Even at 88, county woman keeps up the pace

        Jean Baum is a remarkable person.

        While Jean now resides in Bedford County, most of her life was spent in Wisconsin where she first taught chemistry at the University of Wisconsin and then raised three children.
         She was also instrumental in the foundation of the Tennessee Walking Horse Association in Wisconsin.  And at 88 years old, Jean Baum is still active showing her walking horse, ‘Walk on Command’ at breed horse shows throughout the Southeast.

  • Fire department volunteers donate hams to BCM

        Many less fortunate families in Bedford will have a Christmas ham at their dinner table this Thursday as a result of actions taken by the Bedford Fire Department.

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors approved funding in the Department of Fire & Rescue’s budget for volunteer appreciation. County fire & rescue officials chose to purchase hams with this appreciation funding to give to the volunteers.