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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.

  • You know what you have

        The New London Cannery opened for business this month and will remain open until the middle of December. The cannery allows people to can large amounts at one time.

        “You know where the produce came from,” commented Sharon Johnston, who was helping her friend, Laura Knaup can tomatoes, Thursday. Johnston and her husband, Clay, had canned 30 quart cans of their own tomatoes two days earlier. The couple have 31 tomato plants.

  • RHS rising senior drowns at SML

        On Monday, football players from Staunton River High School were getting ready to pick up equipment for practice that was set to begin later this week.
        And a football camp for young Golden Eagles-in-waiting was on the schedule for that evening.
        But football practice has been delayed and the camp postponed as the SRHS community learned of the loss of one of their own, 17-year-old Chase Mullins, who drowned while swimming at Smith Mountain Lake Sunday evening.

  • Woman dies in Saturday fire

        A woman died last week in a fire at a Moneta home; the home was subsequently destroyed in a secondary fire the following day.

  • 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.