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Today's Features

  •     Back in 1949 high school students could drive school buses.

  • By Chappy Merritt

    Contributing Writer

        What started 28 years ago with a group of family and friends deciding to go camping and watch the races at Martinsville Speedway has evolved into at least a four time annual excursion to the track.
        The group attends both Sprint Cup races, the granddaddy of Late Model races in the fall, the July 4th celebration featuring noted country artists and other events when possible.

  • By Patricia C. Held

  • By Patricia C Held Contributing writer

        Truck driver, lawyer, carpenter, engineer … these are a few of the career choices children consider when growing up.

  •     They say that, if you look far enough up your family tree, you will probably find somebody hanging. Jennifer Thomson, genealogical librarian at the Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library, has been researching her family tree. While she didn’t find anybody hanging, she did find something interesting in the foliage.

  •     “I was 20 years old at that time,” recalls Leonard Peverall, remembering a long-ago Sunday morning — Dec. 7, 1941.

  •     Retirement and an urge to farm brought Dr. Sandra Ratliff, Johnson Health Center’s newest  pediatrician, to Bedford.
        Her husband, Dave, is the one who retired. Dr. Ratliff was not ready to retire, but they both had the same agricultural interest.
        “We knew we wanted to farm,” she said.

  • A shooting incident in the Thaxton area has ended with an 18-yearold in custody, without incident, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

    No citizens or law enforcement officers were injured during this event. One report stated the suspect had suffered a minor injury.

    The manhunt led to some roads being closed and schools going on lockdown in the Wheatland Road area of the county.

    The Sheriff's Office will release more information later this afternoon.

  •     Niyonsenga Pacifique was only 2 years old when the Rwandan genocide occurred in 1994. As many as one million Rwandans were killed and another two million became refugees.

  •     Local law enforcement and rescue agencies have a bright idea.
        And it’s shedding light on a subject they don’t want anyone to ignore.
        BULB – Buckle Up Live Better – is an effort of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and a coalition of community partners to encourage seat belt use in the county as an effort to save lives.