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Today's News

  • Taxidermist has deep local roots

        Miranda Patterson is now Miranda Jones. She married Chris Jones just a couple of weeks ago, but her business cards still say Miranda Patterson. The Patterson name is well known in the Bedford area. She’s part of the family that owns Patterson Brothers Paving.

        “I’ve been really busy since then,” she said.

  • New tourism director knows the county

        Bedford County got a new tourism director in January but Nicole Johnson is not new to Bedford County.

        She’s a Liberty High School graduate. After college — she majored in medial studies with a journalism concentration — she worked in the Washington D. C. area. She returned to Bedford 10 years ago and worked for five years at the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, working on visitor services.

  • Court rules on motions hearings

        Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike heard motions from defense attorneys, Tuesday, to keep certain items from being presented as evidence when their clients go to trial.
        One set of motions involved  Christopher William Petersen, of Hardy, who is facing a charge of attempted second degree murder. His defense attorney wanted to keep two photographs from being introduced as evidence saying that they were not necessary for the Commonwealth to prove its case and would prejudice a jury against their client.

  • Bedford Central Library acquires 3D printer

    By Emily Scruggs

    Intern Writer
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        A move to Thailand landed Bedford Central Library a 3D printer.
        This isn’t your normal printer.
        According to Youth Service Librarian, Lauren Harper, the library had been interested in purchasing a 3D printer for quite some time. Around the end of July, 2016, friends of Harper’s moved to Thailand,  and the library was fortunate enough to purchase their 3D printer for about half of the retail price.

  • Grand jury indicts Bedford County shelter worker charged with animal cruelty

        A worker at the Bedford County Animal Shelter has been indicted with felony animal cruelty, in connection with injuries to a cat that led it to have to be euthanized.

        Bryan Thomas Skinnell, 44, of Bedford, was arrested Sept. 26 of last year on the charge following the investigation of a complaint that was filed on Aug. 10. Skinnell’s employment at the shelter was terminated after he was charged. A Bedford County grand jury indicted him on the charge Friday.

  • Man sentenced for case in which he hid his dead grandmother in a barrel

        Acting United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle announced the sentencing of a Vinton man who previously pleaded guilty to stealing funds from the Social Security Administration, while hiding his dead grandmother in a barrel.

  • Salem man arrested for stealing truck

        At 8:05 a.m. February 2, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
        According to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, the dispatcher advised they had received a call from a man who said he was behind a truck that had been stolen from Old Station Loop, Hardy in Bedford County. The caller stated that he worked for the company in Rocky Mount that   owned  the  truck and the white male driving it did not work for the company.

  • Local family trying to adopt 3 brothers runs into obstacles

        A Bedford County family is stuck in Poland after going there Dec. 6 to adopt three brothers.

        The family of four, which expanded to seven when the three brothers joined them, learned in late December that their adoption agency had been disbarred. This left all seven members of the family stranded in a small apartment -- the adoption not finalized and funds to return home are having to be utilized to stay there because of the turn of events.

  • Unit from Forest was first medic crew on scene

        It took 30 minutes for the first medic unit to arrive on scene at the Jan. 17 fire at 708 Grove Street, that claimed the life of a 4-year-old child living at that residence.

  • Council to hold public hearing on fortune telling regs

        Town Council is looking at lifting a ban on fortune tellers.
        At the request of David Guy, who wants to open a fortune telling business, Assistant Town Manager Bart Warner made a presentation to Council, noting that repealing this ban is something town staff had previously recommended. He said the repeal will require a public hearing.
        Warner recommended that fortune telling be a commercial use, “which will keep it out of residential [areas].”