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Today's Features

  • Bedford Town Councilman Robert Carson is concerned about bullying and has started a campaign to draw attention to the problem and get people talking about it. He’s begun by distributing buttons that read “I take a stand against bullying!”

        “Most of the buttons of my first order have gone,” he said. Some have gone as far as Tennessee.
        Bullying can take multiple forms. It can be physical, but it can also be verbal. Carson notes that it’s possible to destroy another person with your words.

  •     Holy Name of Mary and Resurrection are the only two Roman Catholic churches in Bedford County. 

  • 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.

  •     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.

  •     Main Street United Methodist Church’s wood ministry is ready for its 13th year of helping people keep warm.

        According to Roger M. Layne, who heads up the ministry, volunteers will be working from a wood pile that is 65-feet long, six-and-a-half feet high and 17 rows wide. Each row is between 15 and 18 inches long.