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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.

  • Winter Storm Warning in Effect: Watch for updates

    SALEM DISTRICT:  ROAD CONDITIONS EXPECTED TO WORSEN AS SNOW CHANGES TO FREEZING RAIN THIS AFTERNOON

    Travel not advisable this afternoon and into the evening hours

  • Friends to the Blue Ridge Parkway

        Although funding is tight for the National Park Service, the Blue Ridge Parkway gets by with a little help from its friends.

        Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway is a non-profit organization that exists to help the Park Service maintain the Parkway. Their work helps maintain overlooks, trails, historic structures and graveyards on the Parkway property.

  • Pregnancy Center honors woman’s success

        Both the Bedford Pregnancy Center and one of its clients celebrated milestones last week.

  • LHS takes Memorial up on its offer

        Liberty High School (LHS) took the National D-Day Memorial up on its offer to waive educational fees for student group visits last week. Although Forest Middle School has routinely brought student groups to the Memorial, Martin Leamy, the Memorial’s site manager, said this is LHS’s first large group visit.

  • Company A deploys for active service

        This past Saturday, May 14, soldiers from Bedford’s Company A marched from the Armory to the National D-Day Memorial for their departure ceremony.

        More than 750 family members, friends and well wishers from the community gathered for the send off. Saturday was also the first day of Armed Forces Week.

  • Community garden opens

        First there was a short blast of rain. Then came the rainbow. Then it was time for the ribbon cutting.

        It made for a natural setting for the ceremony as a number of Bedford residents and local officials gathered to officially mark the opening of the Bedford Urban Garden (BUG) on Jackson Street.