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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.

  • Mowles is new deputy chief of Fire and Rescue

        Seth Mowles is now Bedford County’s Deputy Chief of Fire and Rescue.

        Mowles replaces Marci Stone who left last year to take a job in Roanoke. Mowles was sworn in Friday.

  • Sew rewarding

        The Peaks & Pieces Quilt Guild’s annual quilt show is currently brightening the interior of the Bedford Central Library. The colorful quilts line the library’s balcony and visitors can vote for their favorites.

  • Thrift Store helps Rwandan missions effort

        Nancy Strachan, president of Rwandan HUGS, is a bit frustrated. The ministry has had a thrift store on North Bridge Street for two years, but visibility is a bit low.

        “My goal is to get more customers,” Strachan said.

  • Horse & Hound Fest

        In spite of threatening weather, 3,500 people turned out for the Horse and Hound Wine Festival, held Saturday. Two animal-related organizations, new to the festival, had booths this year.

        One came all the way from San Angelo, Texas. Mark and Amy Meyers, who founded Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, brought Leo and Halo to draw people to their booth. Their organization rescues abused, neglected and abandoned donkeys and finds homes for them. They have volunteer ranches, that partner with them, all over the country; two are in Virginia.

  • Firefighters respond to two structure fires within six hours

    Bedford County authorities were kept busy with two residential structure fires in the western area of the county in less than six hours. The first, reported at about 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 9 in the 2300 block of Morgans Mill Road, was caused by the electric dryer and confined to that area of the house. It caused about $8,000 in damage. The family of four was displaced and is staying with relatives.

  • Local YOVASO groups earn top honors

        Bedford County continues to shine when it comes to promoting safe teen driving.

        Bedford County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers, under the command of Capt. Tim Hayden and Sgt. Randy Smith, attended the Virginia State YOVASO (Youth Of VA Speak Out) awards dinner, held recently at James Madison University. 
        Out of 146 schools throughout the state,  Bedford County SROs and their schools walked away with seven of the top awards, more than 50 percent of the honors.