Local News

  • 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.

  • Centerfest, Home Tour set for this weekend

        The hope is the rain that marred the past two weekends won’t come back this weekend. There’s just too much going on – including Bedford’s Centerfest on Friday and Saturday and the SML Home Tour, set for Friday-Sunday.
        Centerfest will harken back to its roots this year and rekindle its role as a family-friendly, community event.
        Centerfest will take place over two days: Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10.

  • What started the fire?

        Bedford County’s fire and rescue department hosted a fire investigation seminar last week. The three day seminar was taught by Steve Riggs of the Public Agency Training Council, a national organization.

        “We are the largest privately held public safety training company in the country today,” Riggs said.
        Riggs said they have 78 instructors and conduct between 800 and 900 seminars each year.

  • Stay #SMLStrong

    Editor’s note:

        Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Vicki Gardner was a victim of the August shooting at Bridgewater Plaza in which two WDBJ7 journalists were killed. She continues to recover from her injuries and submitted this letter in response to all that has happened since the shooting.
    By Vicki Gardner
    Executive Director
    SML Regional
    Chamber of Commerce

  • Little horse brings big cheer to others

        Sheldon is a miniature horse, but that doesn’t mean he can’t tackle big tasks.

  • Adams stepping down as Bedford Main Street director

        After two years as Bedford Main Street’s executive director, Amanda Adams is stepping down.
        “I have really enjoyed the last two years that I’ve spent as Main Street’s executive director,” Adams stated. “Over the last two years, I’ve been fortunate to be part of a growing board, the development of a new mission, and help Main Street get back to being an integral part of the Bedford community.”

  • Gift could provide ‘little bit of beauty’ in tough situation

        Barbara Owen, of Bedford Professional Women, noted that she had accumulated a number of  Estée Lauder cosmetic bags. What should she do with these colorful, feminine bags?

        “We women have a lot of bags at home,” she said.
        Owen and Kelli Reed, the  Estée Lauder counter manager at Peebles, got together and came up with an idea.