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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.

  • Bedford County woman arrested for abduction, malicious wounding after posting ad on Craigslist for sex

    Last Wednesday, July 22, deputies with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 5000 block of Old Country Road in Bedford in reference to an assault call.
    According to a news release from the Sheriff's Office, deputies spoke to a male victim who was suffering from numerous cuts and lacerations. The victim told the deputies that he had responded to a Craigslist.com ad offering sexual services by a subject identifying herself as “Trinity,” and he had arranged with her to meet at her residence in the 5000 block of Old Country Road.

  • Sheriff’s Office offers Active Shooter Training

        As a sign of the times we are living in, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is offering a new service to the community—Active Shooter Training.
        The goal is to teach people how to avoid being shot if somebody comes into their place of business, or church, armed and with bloodshed on his mind.

  • Bedford County Fair to be held Sept. 1-4

        After a successful first year back, the Second Annual Bedford County Fair will be held on Labor Day weekend.

        The Bedford County Agricultural Economic Development Advisory Board (AEDAB), in partnership with the Bedford County Tourism Department, will host the Fair September 1-4.

  • D-Day Memorial waives fees for county students

        The National D-Day Memorial will waive educational programming fees for Bedford County Public School students in 6th, 9th and 11th grades who visit the Memorial as part of a school organized field trip.

        “We’ve noticed over the years that attendance by county students has gone down,” said April Cheek-Messier, president of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation.

  • Offering Grace

        Josh Ball left last week’s Bedford Town Council meeting a bit frustrated.

        Ball opened a homeless shelter in 6 C’s Shopping Center last fall. He is opening the office that will serve as a counseling and training center just a couple of doors down. The problem he was facing is that he doesn’t have a great deal of money available and the $600 deposit the electric department wanted was going to hit the ministry hard. He came to council to ask that the fee be waived or reduced.

  • House fire displaces two residents

    Saturday night in the Boonsboro area of Bedford County has displaced two people.
        The fire was reported at about 9:40 p.m. in the 100 block of Mason Brook Lane off Boonsboro Road; it was initially reported by an alarm company. The occupants then confirmed that there was a fire and called 911.

  • Snow hits, but it could have been worse

        Bedford was fortunate this weekend.

        Although the area got significant snowfall, other areas north of us bore the brunt of the winter storm’s wrath. By Monday, most businesses had dug out and were open and Bedford’s streets had been cleared, although some still had some packed, frozen patches.
        “They did a good job getting it cleared,” Town Manager Charles Kolakowski said of town workers.