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Today's News

  • School board selects 2-story option

        Bedford County School Board meetings normally begin with a closed-door meeting during which school board members discuss student disciplinary matters.

        Now when board members come out, they will begin hearing staff reports. According to Dr. Douglas Schuch, this allows them to use the time between the end of their executive session and the beginning of the 7 p.m. regular meeting to hear staff reports.

  • Back on the job

        Last fall, Bedford Police Officer Trista McKrickard stopped a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed the wrong way on U. S. 460.

        The way she ended up stopping the car wasn’t the way she planned, although Chief Todd Foreman notes that she probably saved somebody’s life.
        McKrickard is originally from Campbell County and has been with the Bedford Police Department since 2013. She’s been here long enough to pick up a nickname.

  • Virtual resource brings Lake’s beginning to life

        What started out with plans for a physical trunk morphed into a virtual resource for area teachers to help students learn about the 50th anniversary of the formation of Smith Mountain Lake.

  • Jury: 12 years on forcible sodomy conviction

        After finding 50-year-old Arthur Franklin Monday guilty of one count of forcible sodomy on a girl under the age of 12 years old, a Bedford County jury recommended last Wednesday he receive 12 years on the conviction.
        The eight-woman, four-man jury found Monday guilty on one count of forcible sodomy involving one victim. The jury found him not guilty on two separate counts involving a second girl.

  • Police arrest man after chase, shooting

        Officers with several law enforcement agencies participated in a search for a vehicle with a man suspected of having a gun Tuesday morning.

        The search ended when the suspect was brought into custody early Tuesday afternoon after being apprehended  near the intersection of Va. 122 and Dickerson Mill Road in Bedford.
        The Virginia State Police, Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and Bedford Police Department participated in the pursuit.

  • Bedford Police Department now at full strength

        Bedford’s police department is now up to full strength with the hiring of Lt. Carla Spencer.

  • BFD runs most calls in its history

        Bedford’s fire department celebrated 127 years of running into burning buildings with an awards banquet, Saturday, looking back on the busiest year the fire department has ever recorded, according to Fire Chief Brad Creasy.

  • Mystery quilt

        The Lynchburg Museum has a mystery quilt that originated in Bedford County. The museum has a quilt display and one, which is on loan to the museum from the Quilt Museum of Virginia in Harrisonburg, is a mystery.

        According to Douglas Harvey, the museum’s director, the quilt definitely came from Bedford County and one of the squares of cloth it’s made of has the date of Feb. 4, 1942, on it.

  • Counterfeit bills making rounds in Bedford

        Between October and December the Bedford Police Department had 10 cases of counterfeit money being passed in the town. The department is seeking area residents’ help in identifying people who may have information about the incidents.

        Pictures of two people the police department wants to talk to have been posted on the town’s Facebook page.
        Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman said most of the counterfeit bills have been 50s and 100s, along with some 20s.

  • The good, the bad — and a surprise

        A report on the material condition of the county’s buildings included some good news, some bad news—and a surprise.
        The county supervisors heard the report Tuesday evening from Jeremy Lucas of Master Engineers & Designers, which was hired to do a study and evaluation of the buildings.