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Today's News

  • Chamber holds town hall meeting

        “I am delighted that we are once again a town,” said Bedford Vice-Mayor Jim Vest, the opening speaker at the town hall meeting. The meeting was held, Thursday, at CVCC’s Bedford facility and sponsored by the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce.
        Vest was speaking of Bedford’s reversion to town status on July 1, 2013. He said that, if Bedford had remained a city, taxes would have escalated to the point where Bedford would not have been competitive with other localities.

  • Raising awareness

        Matt and Davannah Byers are hoping to spread the word.

        Their 8-year-old autistic son has a rare form of photosensitive epilepsy and they want to raise awareness about the condition.
        And maybe even help another family who is going through the same struggles they face on a daily basis.
        “We want to reach other people,” Matt said.

  • Bedford Police Chief to retire

        Jimmy Carter was president and interest rates on home mortgages were at 21 percent.

        The late ‘70s weren’t a good time to be selling real estate, but that’s what James Day was doing back then. So he started applying for other jobs, including with the Roanoke Police Department.
        He got the job and what started out as an interim job—two or three years until the real estate market came back—became his career.

  • Two dead at Evington home

        The investigation is continuing into the discovery of two partially decomposed bodies found this weekend at an Evington home.

        On Saturday July 19, at 1:30 p.m., a Bedford County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a home located at 2478 Tucker Terrace, Evington, after receiving a call from a neighbor, according to Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.
        Ruby Laughon is listed as the owner of the property where the bodies were discovered.

  • Flushed

        A decision by the Bedford Regional Water Authority’s (BRWA) board of directors last week put an end to a local developer’s plan for a public/private partnership to extend a sewer line to Moneta Elementary School.

  • Grand jury indicts father of dead child

        The father of a 2-year-old child who died in late February has been indicted for two counts of child abuse and neglect.
        Michael Anthony Smith was indicted by a Bedford County grand jury this month on two counts of felony child abuse and neglect and one count of manufacturing methamphetamines. Smith is scheduled to appear in circuit court July 29 for a plea on the charges, according to court records.

  • Shentel makes Forbes list for 2nd year

        Shentel has been named to the Forbes 2014 list of 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America.
        Shentel’s inclusion on the list marks the second consecutive year in which the company has been awarded this honor, which recognizes organizations who have demonstrated exemplary trustworthy business practices over the previous year.

  • He’s been a mentor to many at the BPD

        If you ever happened to be at the Bedford YMCA when Sgt. Charles Nelms of the Bedford Police Department was lifting weights, you knew why it was foolish for anybody to try to resist arrest when he hauled that person in. In his prime, Nelms bench pressed 365 pounds.

        Nelms officially retired on July 1 and the Police Department held a farewell dinner for him at Olde Liberty Station Monday. During the dinner, officers who worked with him and for him offered compliments and some humorous stories.

  • Agencies work together at Cop Camp

        This year’s Cop Camp, the 10th year of the event, accommodated 150 youth, the most ever according to Lt. Todd Foreman of the Bedford Police Department.

        He said the number of slots they have depends on the number of adults, and the amount of money available.
        “We ran the camp off donations,” Lt. Foreman said.

  • Accident injures four in Bedford

        An accident late Monday afternoon in Bedford sent four people to area hospitals, though no injuries appeared to be life threatening.

        According to Lt. Todd Foreman of the Bedford Police Department, around 4:40 p.m. a blue Toyota Camry, which was northbound on Independence Boulevard, apparently crossed the center line of the road and struck a Land Rover, which was southbound at the time of the accident.