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Today's News

  • Former worker at BMS pleads guilty to soliciting a minor

        A Lynchburg man, working at Bedford Middle School as a day treatment counselor, has pleaded guilty to three charges of computer solicitation of a minor under the age of 15.
        On Tuesday, Cleveland Leroy Coaxum Jr., 27, of Lynchburg, entered the pleas in Bedford Circuit Court.
        He had been charged last summer with the three felonies involving the use of communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children.

  • Hardy man faces attempted murder charge

        A Hardy man is facing an attempted second degree murder charge following an incident early Friday morning, May 27.
         Christopher W. Petersen, 29, has been  charged with attempted second degree murder; discharging a firearm in an occupied dwelling and assault and battery.
        Just after midnight on May 27 Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call to the 1100 block of Oyler Road in Hardy.

  • Bedford man arrested for malicious wounding

    A 29-year-old Bedford man has been charged with malicious wounding following a stabbing early Tuesday morning.
        Bedford Police responded to a call at about 5 a.m., after learning from Bedford Memorial Hospital personnel that there was a man there with multiple stab wounds. The subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Christopher William Lantrip.

  • Transient occupancy tax delayed

        The increase in Bedford County’s transient occupancy tax won’t take effect until Jan. 1.

        The supervisors voted 6-0, Monday night, with District 4 Supervisor John Sharp absent, to delay the increase. The action was taken due to concern over the impact a July 1 effective date would have on contracts for summer rentals that had already been paid before the supervisors voted, last month, to raise the tax.

  • LHS takes Memorial up on its offer

        Liberty High School (LHS) took the National D-Day Memorial up on its offer to waive educational fees for student group visits last week. Although Forest Middle School has routinely brought student groups to the Memorial, Martin Leamy, the Memorial’s site manager, said this is LHS’s first large group visit.

  • Company A deploys for active service

        This past Saturday, May 14, soldiers from Bedford’s Company A marched from the Armory to the National D-Day Memorial for their departure ceremony.

        More than 750 family members, friends and well wishers from the community gathered for the send off. Saturday was also the first day of Armed Forces Week.

  • Community garden opens

        First there was a short blast of rain. Then came the rainbow. Then it was time for the ribbon cutting.

        It made for a natural setting for the ceremony as a number of Bedford residents and local officials gathered to officially mark the opening of the Bedford Urban Garden (BUG) on Jackson Street.

  • Liberty zone wants gym comparable to Staunton River, Jefferson Forest

        School board members made no decision on a site for Liberty High School’s new gym, Monday night, after a public hearing on the gym.

  • Bedford Police join White House initiative for open data

        The Bedford Police Department is participating in an Open Data Initiative sponsored by the White House in an effort to help law enforcement be more transparent to the public.
        Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman, Assistant Town Manager Bart Warner and IT specialist  Christie Crouch attended a one-day seminar last month in Washington D.C. at the White House as part of joining that initiative.

  • Nance, Babb honored for their work on Harris case

        Two Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney office employees, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance and Investigator Gary Babb, were recently presented with 2016 Law Enforcement Public Service Awards by the United States Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Virginia for their work on the federal prosecution and conviction of a serial sextortionist of teenage girls.