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Today's News

  • Bedford VFD puts new pumper into service

        Bedford Volunteer Fire Department put a new fire truck into service on Aug. 1 — a  2014 Seagrave pumper.

        The Bedford Fire Department has a long history with Seagrave. Its ladder truck is a Seagrave and the department’s first pumper was a 1927 Seagrave. The 1927 pumper, fully restored, is on display at the Welcome Center in a specially designed room that allows the firefighters to take the old truck out to drive in parades and other occasions.

  • Forest’s new fire engine now at work

        The Forest Fire Department's new Engine 51 is now in service.

        The fire truck replaces Pumper 5, which was lost in a roll-over crash last summer. The accident happened on Va. 709 on a bad curve near New London Steak House. None of the six men riding in the truck’s cab were seriously injured.
        According to Ryan Burnette, the fire department’s public information officer, the new truck cost $500,000 with 95 percent of the cost covered by insurance.

  • School combines sports, a Christian education

        Jesus is Lord Sports Academy is opening in Bedford in facilities owned by Faith Fellowship Church on West Depot Street.

        While it’s new to Bedford, Jay Barnhart, who is no relation to the author of this article, has operated the sports academy elsewhere.
        “We did it for four years in Washington, D. C.,” Barnhart said.
        Then, he and his wife moved to Amherst where they ran the sports academy for five years.
        Why the moves?

  • Gillespie hopes to unseat Mark Warner

        Ed Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman, hopes to unseat Senator Mark Warner in November’s election for that U.S. Senate seat.

  • Shooting timeline, name of man killed released

        The investigation remains ongoing into the officer-involved shooting in Bedford County July 30; the man who was killed has been identified.
        At the request of the Bedford County Sheriff, the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s “Police Shooting Investigative Team” out of the Salem Field Office is investigating the fatal shooting of the man by a Bedford County deputy sheriff.

  • County man pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in death of his friend in accident

        A 22-year-old Goodview man pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to involuntary manslaughter, in connection with a single-vehicle accident last year that killed a Bedford man.
        Durham Westley Falabella, who is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 21, could face from one to 10 years in prison on the involuntary manslaughter conviction and 12 months in jail on a misdemeanor driving under the influence conviction.
        Falabella entered the pleas in Bedford County Circuit Court; he was indicted on the charges in April.

  • A look at how Jefferson kept cool and warm

        Trying to keep a house cool in the summer and warm in the winter was a challenge 200 years ago, even if you happened to be Thomas Jefferson.

         Jefferson’s retreat, Poplar Forest, located in Forest shows how he did it, as best he could.
        “You have to start with the structure,” said Travis McDonald, Poplar Forest’s director of architectural restoration.

  • Bedford native shares passion for art, aircraft

        Gene Thomas, a Bedford native and 1971 Liberty High School grad, has loved art since his elementary school days.

        “I started drawing when I was in fourth grade,” he said.
        He was also fascinated with military aircraft from the time he was in elementary school. His drawings came from photographs in a book called “Fighting Aces in the Pacific.”

  • Community spruces up Bedford Primary School

        Students returning to Bedford Primary School next Thursday, Aug. 14, will be met with a spruced up exterior of the school.

        Residents from the community have been meeting this week to work on the landscaping at the front of the school, getting it ready for the opening of school—and for a tour two weeks later by the Bedford County School Board.

  • Grand jury indicts two men for aggravated involuntary manslaughter

        Two men, charged with aggravated involuntary manslaughter in separate cases, have been indicted by the August grand jury in Bedford County.
        Michael Wayne Jenkins, 27 of Bedford, was indicted for aggravated involuntary manslaughter, assault on medical personnel and felony hit and run.
         Jenkins is charged with hitting a bicyclist on Va. 122, near Va. 24 on March 21 and then leaving the scene of the accident. Sean McQuaid, the bicyclist, died from his injuries the next day.