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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Sheriff: Drug bust helped keep heroin out of county

        Last week’s heroin bust, which amounted to 2,800 hits of the drug, helped keep the drug from gaining a stronghold in the county, according to Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown.
        Late Sunday, June 7 and early into Monday morning, members of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Vice Unit and investigators from DEA, Virginia State Police, Roanoke Police Department  and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (“HIDTA”) Task Force  made the bust, arresting 54-year-old Jesse Ray Little of Huddleston.

  • New antique shop opens in Bedford

        Rob and Linda Kuczmarski have been collecting antiques for 35 years.

        The hobby grew and the couple turned it into a business. At first, they sold from spaces in antique malls, but now they have their own shop. It’s called Needful Things Antiques and they opened their doors for the first time on March 1. The shop is located in Bedford at the corner of North Bridge Street and Depot Street.
        “We try to have a little bit of everything for everybody,” Linda said.

  • Bedford remembers D-Day

        The National D-Day Memorial marked the 71st anniversary of D-Day as 1,100 people gathered at the Memorial under a hot June sun.

        D-Day marked the beginning of the end of Hitler’s Nazi regime as the German Army was unable to stop the advance of allied troops after American, British and Canadian soldiers drove a wide hole in German coastal defenses on the Norman coast.

  • Polls register good voter turnout

    Turnout was good, especially for a primary. According to Barbara Gunter, the county’s registrar, voter turnout was 4.6 percent by 10 a.m. The Welcome Center precinct had seen 96 voters by 9:30 a.m. and the Bedford Central Library precinct had seen 126 by 10 a.m. Voter turnout at the Liberty High School precinct was 117 by 10:45.

  • Rainy days and Mondays

        Bedford County emerged from the first day of regional playoffs looking like a starting pitcher who’s seen better days.
        On Monday, Bedford teams amassed a record of two wins, six losses and two no-decisions.
        This is the “one-and-done” time of year.  Thus, Jefferson Forest’s boys’ and girls’ soccer, Liberty’s softball and girls’ soccer and Staunton River’s softball and boys’ soccer all saw their seasons come to an abrupt ending.