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  • BFD runs most calls in its history

        Bedford’s fire department celebrated 127 years of running into burning buildings with an awards banquet, Saturday, looking back on the busiest year the fire department has ever recorded, according to Fire Chief Brad Creasy.

  • Mystery quilt

        The Lynchburg Museum has a mystery quilt that originated in Bedford County. The museum has a quilt display and one, which is on loan to the museum from the Quilt Museum of Virginia in Harrisonburg, is a mystery.

        According to Douglas Harvey, the museum’s director, the quilt definitely came from Bedford County and one of the squares of cloth it’s made of has the date of Feb. 4, 1942, on it.

  • Liberty University buys New London Airport

        Liberty University has purchased New London Airport. The sale closed on Dec. 22, according to Dave Young, Liberty’s assistant provost for aeronautics education.

  • Local firefighter battling cancer

        Denver Aud, a Bedford firefighter, got a nasty surprise late last year when a sore throat sent him to a doctor.

        A blood test done as part of the exam indicated some abnormalities, and this led to a bone marrow biopsy and cancer screening. The cancer screening led to a diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).
        MDS is a type of cancer that affects the stem cells that produce blood cells. Aud said his MDS would eventually destroy his immune system if left untreated.

  • Christmas Eve fire destroys house in Moneta

    Two adults were hospitalized for smoke inhalation after a fire in Bedford County.

  • Christmas eve accident claims life of Thaxton man

         Virginia State Police Trooper J. H. Wheat is investigating a single vehicle crash which occurred Christmas Eve at 11:10 p.m. on Va. 122, four tenths of a mile south of Route 24 in Bedford County.
        A 1988 Ford F-150 pick-up truck was traveling south on Route 122, just south of Route 24, when it ran off the right side of the roadway, up an embankment, struck a tree and overturned.

  • Making a positive difference

        Cliff Fuqua, a mechanical engineer with two small sons of his own, volunteers to help youth in a difficult situation. Fuqua is a CASA volunteer.

        CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. CASAs are trained volunteers who have been trained to prepare a report to the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in cases where minors are involved.

  • Taxi service starts in Bedford

        Bedford now has a taxi cab service called Bedrock Ridez, the only fully licensed and insured cab service in town. The cab  is owned and operated by Penny Beard.

  • Frozen

        “I call it my little Frozen,” commented Linda DeCicco.

         DeCicco was referring to the interior decorations in her Body Camp home. They make her think of the Disney animated feature of the same name.
        Everything is decorated with icicle and snowflake ornaments. The Christmas tree has them. the fireplace mantle is covered with them. Cabinets are festooned with   them and one cabinet is full of them.

  • The Spirit of Bedford

        Bedford County’s fire and rescue department had a chance to save the county some money when it acquired a new ambulance. According to Janet Blankenship, deputy chief of fire and rescue, the new ambulance consists of a new chassis with a refurbished box.

        “We saved quite a bit of money on that unit,” Blankenship said. “It was half the cost of a brand new unit.”