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Today's News

  • Closed schools declared surplus

        The school board unanimously voted, with no discussion, to declare Body Camp Elementary School and Thaxton Elementary School surplus and turn them over to the Bedford County Board of Supervisors. The resolution declares them surplus effective Aug. 1.

  • Thaxton man arrested for armed robbery

        Monday afternoon,  at 5:54 p.m., Bedford County 911 dispatch received a call from a female on Triggs Road, Bedford, stating that she had been robbed by a male subject holding a large “butcher” knife to her stomach and demanding “all of her money.”

        The victim gave the subject the contents of her wallet. After pushing the victim into a chair in the living room he exited the house by the back door, but not before cutting the phone lines so that a call could not be placed.

  • Three arrested on child abuse charges

    At 9:50 p.m. Monday evening, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call reporting a possible child abuse on Mt. Airy Road, Lynch Station. A Bedford County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the location. After arriving on the scene and investigating the complaint Bedford County Social Services Child Protection investigators were contacted and made aware of the complaint.

  • Coalition reaches out to community

        When he took over as chief at the Bedford Police Department, Todd Foreman stated getting law enforcement involved with the community was crucial.

  • Lawsuit claims racial bias

        A lawsuit filed against the Bedford County School Board, and Dr Douglas Schuch in his capacity as superintendent of schools, alleges that the decision to close Body Camp Elementary School, rather than Moneta Elementary School, was based on racial bias.

  • Bedford has top crime rate —sort of

        Crime in the town of Bedford is up.
        In fact, according to the Virginia State Police, the town has the highest rate of crimes per capita in Virginia.
        But those numbers are a bit misleading – according to the report itself.
        For 2014, the VSP report states that the town averaged 11,735 crimes per 100,000 people. Of course, Bedford doesn’t have close to that number of people – but it does have more than the report states.

  • Town has its say

        Back when Lacey Putney was first elected to the House of Delegates, the winner of the Democratic Primary was also the winner of the November election. Putney was first elected by unseating the incumbent delegate, Charles Green, in a Democratic Party primary in 1961.
        Now, at least in Bedford County, the winner of the Republican primary is also the winner of the November election.

  • Sheriff lauds citizens who help deputy

        Bedford County Deputy Sonny Daniels got a big assist last Wednesday from area residents in his pursuit, and eventual arrest, of 22-year-old Ryan D. Ellis of Forest.

        One of those residents, Randy Willis, was thanked personally by Daniels and Sheriff Mike Brown during a brief ceremony held Thursday at Trio’s Pizza in Forest, where Ellis was eventually arrested.

  • Christian Ministries offers client bags

        When new food pantry clients come to Bedford Christian Ministries for help, they are often short of a wide range of basic necessities.
        According to Houston Crum, Bedford Christian Ministries’ finance committee chairman, a lot of them are new to town, or setting up households for the first time, or are in some sort of crisis.

  • BPD adds new officers

        Two newly hired officers for the Bedford Police Department were touching base with the community Saturday afternoon at the 3-on-3 basketball tournament held at Edmund Street Park.

        This week, they left for training at the Cardinal Criminal Justice Academy in Salem.
        Chevon Thompson and Daniel Willis attended Saturday’s event and began working on the community policing initiative that Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman is stressing for the department.