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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.

  • Better than Fair

        Bedford County’s first county fair for more than four decades was a rousing success. According to Joy Powers, who headed up the project, 14,800 people attended. This is double the number of people they anticipated.

        According to Susan Epperly, who was in charge of non-livestock contests, people came from as far away as Amherst County and Charlotte County. Some people came on multiple days.
        There was something to see every day.

  • County fair returns!

        A Bedford County fair will open its gates, for the first time in more than 40 years, Friday at 1 p.m.

  • Hurt stops by Bedford

        Congressman Robert Hurt stopped by Bedford, Tuesday, for a walking tour of Centertown businesses. He said he was touring across the 5th Congressional Districts which includes 23 cities and counties. Hurt is taking a look at the challenges small businesses face.

  • Gleaning for others

        Gleaning apples in Bedford County got its start 30 years ago when Roger Lane asked Danny Johnson, owner of Johnson’s Orchards in Bedford County a question — “What do you do with your dropped apples?”

        When Johnson replied that he doesn’t do anything with them, Layne got some people together and gleaned in Johnson’s orchard. He also called Society of St. Andrew, a Bedford County based hunger relief organization which was already gleaning potatoes in its potato project.

  • Flaggers stop in Bedford

        About 250 people, arriving in some 125 vehicles, made their way through Bedford Saturday to show their support for the heritage of the Confederate Flag.

        The Virginia Flaggers have held numerous events and stopped in Bedford at the Wal-Mart parking lot as part of several stops Saturday.
        “We responded to make sure everything stayed calm,” stated Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman.

  • The long way home

    His 100-day, 4,300-mile journey on a bicycle across the United States was nearing its end and Greg Baltad was facing a dilemma.

        It was late in the evening on July 31 and he was heading into Vinton – he could find a place to stay there, or peddle the 30 or so miles left to reach Bedford.
        Baltad hit the Blue Ridge Parkway and headed this way.