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Today's Features

  •     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.

  • One of the worst train wrecks in Virginia history occurred in the wee hours of the morning of July 2, 1889, when a passenger train traveling eastward from Roanoke didn’t quite make it to Thaxton. Now “Lost at Thaxton,” the result of 18 months of research by Michael Jones brings that tragic night to life for readers.

  • Bedford Fire Department has been answering the call—everyone of them.

  •     Thirty of the finest young scientific minds congregated in Washington, D.C., last week.

  • 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.

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    On August 7, Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies took a missing person’s report on Katherine Lynn Taylor, 44.

    She is a white female, brown hair, hazel eyes, 5’7”and 110 lbs. She has a unicorn tattoo on her right shoulder and a butterfly tattoo on her right leg.

  •     Sedalia Center held its 18th annual Bluegrass Festival, Saturday.