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  • Fire destroys South Street home in Bedford

    Bedford Fire Department units responded to 511 South Street for multiple reports of an explosion and a house on fire early this morning.

    The first engine arrived at 12:29 a.m. to find heavy fire showing from a two-story wood frame private dwelling. Two occupants were reported missing initially.

    After a primary and secondary search proved negative both of those occupants were located at a nearby house. Seven occupants in all were displaced; six adults and one child.

  • BPD lieutenant resigns after being named in ICAC investigation

    A recently promoted member of the Bedford Police Department has resigned after being named in an ongoing investigation of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children's Task Force.

    Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman confirmed Monday that Lt. Brian McAlexander had resigned. The 25-year veteran of the department had been promoted to lieutenant back in December. He first joined the department in 1989.

  • Blue Ridge man charged with second degree murder

    A Blue Ridge man has been charged with second degree murder following a shooting Sunday afternoon in Bedford County.

    At 4:20 p.m. Sunday May 10, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call reporting a shooting at 961 Summit Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge. Bedford County deputies arrived on the scene at 4:38 p.m. and found a deceased white male lying in the driveway of the residence, according to a news release by the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

  • Main Street hits ‘the ground running’

        Bedford Main Street, Inc. is in the midst of a lot of changes – and the new board wants area business owners and residents involved.
         Next week, on May 28 at 5:30 p.m. there will be a meeting at Avenel to discuss some of those changes.
        One of those is the opportunity to reboot Centertown’s 2nd Fridays; another is to better utilize Centerfest to feature the town’s business community.

  • BMS student helps with relief effort

        Ryan Balderston, a seventh grader at Bedford Middle School (BMS) , was struck by photos he saw of the devastation a powerful earthquake caused in Nepal last month.
        This was before a second quake, almost as powerful as the first, shook the Himalayan country. The people particularly got his attention.
        “What if that was me?” he commented. “What if that was my family? I’d want somebody to help.”

  • A look back at history

        A state historical marker issued by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources that recalls one of the worst train accidents in Virginia history, in which at least 18 people died in Thaxton, was dedicated in the county Tuesday.

  • Bedford woman killed in accident

        A 41-year-old Bedford woman died in a single-car accident Monday morning on Timber Ridge Road in Bedford.

        Alisha R. Downin was pronounced dead at the scene. According to a report from the Virginia State Police, Downin was driving on Timber Ridge Road around 7 a.m. when her 1994 Chevy Lumina ran off the road to the right, she overcorrected and went off the left side of the road, struck an embankment and overturned.

  • Bridges Out of Poverty focus of BCHF meeting

        Truthfully, annual meetings and annual reports are of tremendous interest to the organizations that produce them. 
        For the world at large, the interest can be minimal.  But the May 18 annual meeting of the Bedford Community Health Foundation   is  focused  on the Bedford area and its residents.

  • 2015 Readers Choice: Make your picks!

        What business makes your favorite lunch? Cup of coffee? Steak?
        Have a favorite dentist? Art gallery? Car dealer?
        This is your chance to make your picks.
        Make them count! Help us recognize the businesses that serve your community!
        The Bedford Bulletin is offering you the chance to say what you like best in our sixth annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Winners will be announced in the June 24 edition.

  • Uninvited guests

        One day, when Lucienne Bowden, then 13, came home, she discovered that the family had some uninvited visitors — three high ranking German officers in fancy dress uniforms.

        “They were dressed to kill,” she recalled.