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Today's News

  • Suspect in Forest bank robbery arrested

    The man suspected of robbing the SunTrust Bank in Forest Tuesday afternoon was arrested in Forsyth County, N.C., Thursday night.

        The suspect was identified by a caller who saw the story on a North Carolina television news report and notified the police with information.

        William Myrl Smitherman, 19, of Clemmons, N.C., is being held on a fugitive warrant from Virginia in the Forsyth County North Carolina Jail, awaiting extradition.

  • Bomb scare briefly courthouse

        The Bedford legal community received a morning jolt that was stronger than the usual cup of coffee when staff was notified of a bomb scare.

        The message was received Friday, at 8:24 a.m. by the county's 911 dispatch center, according to Major Ricky Gardner, of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

  • Stabbing leads to charge

    An Evington man has been charged in connection with a stabbing early Friday morning.

        At 1:58 a.m. Firday the Bedford County Sheriff’s received a call reporting a stabbing. Deputies responded to 1179 Langford Lane and talked to the victim, Jeremy Neighbors, who said he had been stabbed.

  • Blevins speaks at United Way conference

    Dr. James Blevins, Bedford County’s superintendent of schools, was one of the panelists at a United Way of Central Virginia conference held in Lynchburg recently. The conference theme was “Closing the Achievement Gap in Central Virginia.”

        “Our teachers have to be what I call ‘angels’,” Dr. Blevins said.

  • Supervisors accept revised site plan

    Last year ended with the Bedford County Board of Supervisors telling Southside Electric to try harder to create an acceptable site plan for a proposed substation on Dickerson Mill Road.

  • FMS student wins Bedford County Spelling Bee

    Jake Richardson might want to spend some time studying  menus from area restaurants before the upcoming regional Spelling Bee in Roanoke.

        A year ago Jake was eliminated from the Bedford County Division Spelling Bee after missing the word “chimichanga.” This year, en route to becoming Bedford County’s top speller, he correctly spelled “anchovy,” though his Dad thought he’d missed it.

  • Former teacher pleads in case

    A former Staunton River High School teacher will serve seven months in prison for a sexual relationship he had with a 16-year-old student on school property in 2005.

        David Allen Cherry, 39, of Forest was found guilty Monday in Bedford County Circuit Court by Judge James Updike of seven misdemeanor charges of  contributing to the delinquency of a minor in the case. Cherry entered Alford pleas to the charges which mean he accepts the guilty verdict in his own best interest while not conceding his guilt in the case.

  • Authorities urge parents to be informed, involved

     A recent incident in which a 21-year-old man traveled to Bedford county to allegedly run off with a 13-year-old girl illustrates the dark side of the Internet, local authorities state.

  • Letters

    Thanks to Rick

        My first move when the Bedford Bulletin arrives is to open to the editorial page and read Rick Howell’s column. He does such a great job of demonstrating the ridiculous thought processes of today’s liberals. This week in the Feb. 4th issue he practically gushed defending the pork, oops sorry, “special interest” provisions in this “spend our budget into oblivion” bill.

  • The sad truth about the Internet is that predators are always prowling

    Over the years Operation Blue Ridge Thunder has taken its share of criticism. In fact, during the last sheriff’s race, Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown was often taken to task by claims from opponents that he brought criminals into the community through the effort, because of the nature of the program. Last week’s events in Bedford County should put a halt to such talk.