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  • Moneta rescue expanding crew hall

    Moneta Rescue Squad’s crew hall was just fine when it was originally built, but it finally reached the point of being marginally adequate.
        John Singer, captain of the Moneta Rescue Squad, notes one issue — the width of the ambulance bays — as an example. Ambulances were a lot smaller 40 years ago. Today ambulances have one inch to spare on each side when they pull out.
        Another issue is the lack of insulation. Singer said it’s a cinderblock building with no insulation at all.

  • Time to spruce up the Memorial

        The National D-Day Memorial could use a little help from its friends as it prepares to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day this year.

  • The Snow Arrives

    Blame it on El Niño.

        According to the National Weather Service’s Blacksburg office, the pattern of weather we’ve seen this winter is typical of a neutral El Niño as streams of moisture and blasts of cold try to get together. This couple finally made a match just before Valentine’s Day.

  • Winter Storm: Hazardous driving conditions remain on area roads

    SALEM DISTRICT:  DRIVING WILL BE A CHALLENGE DURING THE EVENING COMMUTE

    Drivers are encouraged to avoid southbound I-81 in Montgomery County

    SALEM– Many roads remain mostly snow covered in western Virginia as snow continues to fall. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews and contractors continue to plow and treat primary roads (those numbered 1-599) and interstates.

  • DAR foots bill for land book restoration

        The real estate land books in Bedford County’s circuit court are a treasure trove for people doing genealogical research.

        “They are used a lot,” said Cathy Hogan, clerk of the circuit court. “They were in terrible shape.”

  • Hoarding hampers firefighters’ efforts

        According to Bedford Fire Chief Brad Creasy, firefighters are running into a situation inside some houses, when they respond to a fire, that hampers their ability to fight the fire. That obstacle: hoarding.
        “We’ve seen a growing number of houses that have hoarding-like conditions in recent years,” Creasy said.

  • Tearing it down

    On Monday, workers from James Jones & Associates demolished the historic house at 719 Longwood Ave. in Bedford that was damaged beyond repair in a mid-December fire. The house was built in 1891 and was home to Josephine Bibb, a well-known Bedford teacher from her birth until her death in 2003. Jamie Snell is the most recent owner of the historic home. The fire began in the area of the home’s wood stove. The homeowners were not at home when the fire began.

  • Local agencies oppose changes to boater safety laws

        The Smith Mountain Lake Water Safety Council is concerned about two pieces of legislation in this year’s General Assembly, according to Pete Lewis, a member and former chairman of the Council.
        The legislation — SB52 introduced by State Senator Richard Stewart, and HB650, introduced by Delegate Margaret Ransone — would eliminate the requirement for boaters 45-years-old and older from taking a boating safety course.
        Lewis said the Water Safety Council opposes these bills.

  • Bedford VFD celebrates busy year, accomplishments

        The Bedford Volunteer Fire Department celebrated a busy 2013, its 125th year, with an awards dinner at the Welcome Center on Saturday.

        Bedford’s fire department is the busiest of the county’s volunteer fire departments because it has a first due area that includes 182 square miles of the county. It’s also one of the most densely populated parts of the county with the U.S. 460 corridor running through it.

  • Strong turnout for Bedford MLK Jr. event

    “It's been a great day.”
        That's how Ronnie Miller, president of the Bedford Chapter of the NAACP, summed up Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Walk in Bedford.

        More than 100 people showed up for the march through Centertown and the program that followed at Washington Street Baptist Church.  It  was   one   of   the largest turnouts for the annual celebration in Bedford in years.