Today's News

  • Man guilty of robbing his grandmother

        A Lynchburg man will spend five years in prison for robbing his step-grandmother. Blake Johnson, 20, pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in Bedford County Circuit Court to breaking and entering and grand larceny.

  • Woman pleads guilty to robbing family

        Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance gives credit to Bedford Police Investigator Neil Baltzelle for making it possible to bring a robbery case to court. He attributes it to “good old fashioned investigative work.” According to Nance, Baltzelle never gave up on the case in spite of encountering multiple dead ends.
        “He’s the primary reason why we are at this point,” said Nance.

  • Hunting in town with firearms moves forward

     Bedford’s town council took another step toward allowing urban hunting with firearms last week.
        The impetus for this action is the inclusion into the town limits of territory that had been just outside the former city’s city limits. People in this area had always been able to hunt on their property with firearms. This isn’t legal under existing town ordinances.

  • Activities help bring awareness to domestic violence issues

        October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and Bedford Domestic Violence Services has events scheduled for the month to raise awareness and funds for the non-profit organization.

  • Fundraiser to fight canine cancer

        Like humans, dogs also get cancer. On Oct. 12 Johnson’s Orchard will host a dog walk, sponsored by Ridgewood Animal Hospital n Forest, to raise money to help do something about it.

  • VDGIF launches Shop with a Cop program

        While working in Northern Virginia, Nathaniel Bowling, a state Conservation Police Officer for this area now, saw a program local law enforcement had to help make Christmas special for area children. Bowling has decided to begin the program—Shop with a Cop—here.
        The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Bowling’s employer, is seeking assistance to launch the Shop with a Cop program in Bedford.

  • Parent questions school safety

        The parent of a New London Academy Elementary student, during public comments at last Thursday’s meeting, urged the Bedford County School Board to make the county’s schools more secure.
        Megan Shopbell, who spoke along with her Mom, Cindy Smith, said she moved to the area from Ohio a year ago and found the safety measures far behind what the schools had there.

  • Alpaca by Jaca finds a new home

        A growing business led the owners of Alpaca by Jaca to look for a new home earlier this year. They found it at The Forum at Westlake.

        The shop first opened on the Bedford County side of the Smith Mountain Lake in March, 2012. Jack and Sally Hutslar, retired educators, moved to Bedford County in 2004 because Jack thought this would be a good area to set up a business selling log homes, which he proceeded to do. Sally planned to sell real estate.

  • BFD: Celebrating 125 years

        For the celebration of its 125th anniversary, the Bedford Fire Department has planned a parade to kick the festivities off and a bunch of Amish Outlaws to close it out.

        And in between, you can expect plenty of family-oriented fun.

  • History revealed

        Bob McMillan, who lives on Irving Road, west of Thaxton, is sure that nobody knew about the old culvert running under the part of the road that fronts his property. He’s convinced that the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) didn’t even know about it before he first called it to the department’s attention 15 years ago after noticing that it was deteriorating.