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Today's Features

  • By Catherine Cary
    Communication student
    Virginia Tech

        Genevieve Metcalf is no ordinary 3-year-old girl. She loves dinosaurs, lizards and superheroes. Little did anyone know, her favorite superheroes are not the only fighters.
        Genevieve is a curious and rambunctious girl who loves to climb and play in the dirt. She always has a ton of energy and never stops moving.
        “Sleeping and eating are the last things on her mind,” Sarah Metcalf, mother of Genevieve, said.

  •     Liberty Lodge, Bedford’s Masonic Lodge, will celebrate its founding, Saturday. There won’t be any charter members, however. That’s because the Lodge was chartered in 1813, 200 years ago. It got its name because Bedford was named Liberty back then.

        The Lodge was organized on July 6, 1813, and received its official charter on Dec. 14, 1813. It met in the home of Charles Mitchell which, Carl Wells, the Lodge’s chaplain, believes was located at the corner of East Main Street and Otey Street.

  •     Carole Rogers of Bedford knits all year.

        A lot.
        Enough, in fact, to provide 75 sweaters and 125 hats and scarves to a program that gives one of each to students at a Bedford or Franklin County school each year.

  •     “I am proud I am an Army brat,” said Anita Beard as she opened her talk before the New Beginnings support group recently.

        Beard, who now lives in Bedford County, is the daughter of Col. James E. Foster, a career Army officer.
        Military brats are what the children of career members of the armed forces call themselves. They often use the more specific designation of Army brat, Navy brat, and so forth, indicating their father’s specific branch of service.

  • 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.

  •     Little Town Players (LTP) celebrated its birthday by announcing the list of plays it will perform for what will be its 40th season.

        “They said we’d never last,” Karen Hopkins commented during LTP’s Reveal party, held at their theater at the Elks Home. Hopkins is one of LTP’s founding members.

  • Bedford Fire Department units responded to 511 South Street for multiple reports of an explosion and a house on fire early this morning.

    The first engine arrived at 12:29 a.m. to find heavy fire showing from a two-story wood frame private dwelling. Two occupants were reported missing initially.

    After a primary and secondary search proved negative both of those occupants were located at a nearby house. Seven occupants in all were displaced; six adults and one child.

  • SALEM DISTRICT: SUNSHINE AND PLOWING IMPROVE

    SECONDARY ROADS

    Wet roads expected to refreeze overnight with lower temperatures
    SALEM– Equipment operators and contractors with the Virginia Department of Transportation have made significant progress on plowing secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) and neighborhood streets today in western Virginia. 

  • By Regina Carson
    Community Outreach Coordinator
    RVGS

        At the Roanoke Valley Governor’s School for Science and Technology, students are charged each year with carrying out a science fair project.
        This year, Gov. School/Staunton River High School senior Bronson Aznavorian elected to work in the biotechnology field on a project titled Comparing the Efficacy of Homeopathic Treatments in Inactivating Escherichia coli O157:H7.

  • The Bedford Fire Department has stated through its Twitter account there was one fatality in a fire this morning on Saber Court, located off of Blackwater Road in Forest.

    The Bedford Fire Department was assisting the Forest Fire Department in responding to the call. According to the note posted on Twitter, it was a mobile home fire.

    According to Lt. Ryan Burnette of the Forest Volunteer Fire Department the call for the fire came in about 4:45 a.m. Burnette said the mobile home was fully involved in the fire when firefighters arrived.