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        Snow removal crews are working to clear interstate and primary roads in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s 12-county Salem District Thursday morning.  Early morning snowfall has left most roads in moderate condition.  Motorists are advised to use caution if they must travel on Thursday.  Forecasters expect more snow throughout the day on Thursday, and motorists should be alert to changing road conditions.  

  • The lights are on!

        “We like to say we live on the best decorated street in Bedford,” commented Bedford City Manager Charles Kolakowski at the Elks Christmas lighting ceremony Friday night.

        Kolakowski lives right across the street from the Elks National Home and admits that the Elks Christmas light display has a lot to do with that.
        “We truly appreciate having them as neighbors,” he said.

  • Community comes through to meet the needs

    The Bedford Christmas Station made Christmas brighter for 292 families this year.

        “Which is 1,200 people,” explained Karen Hughes, the Christmas Station’s director.
        That’s 10 percent more than last year. Hughes said they have heard from people who have lost jobs, can’t find work and their unemployment benefits have run out. The community stepped up and helped meet the additional need.

  • Changes to Web site planned

    Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 5, the Bedford Bulletin’s Web site, www.bedfordbulletin.com became a subscription-based news and information site.

  • Burns leave local farmer with some major bills

    A long journey for a Bedford County dairy farmer began with a routine day’s work. It was Oct. 9.

        “A very lovely autumn afternoon,” recalled Danny Cottrell. “I was raking hay.”

  • Coast to coast

    A grandmother is walking across America to call attention to the need of bone marrow donors.

        Jeana Moore’s journey started in Seattle, Wash., on Oct. 19, 2009. After strolling down the West Coast to Los Angeles, she turned eastward. She walked through Bedford County recently, her route taking her down U. S. 460 with stops in Bedford and Goode. She’s been walking between 12 and 15 miles a day.
        “During the summer, I was doing 18 to 20 through the desert,” she said.

  • So how much snow will we get?

    The National Weather Service expects our winter not to be as wet or cold as last year—a year that brought several larger-than-normal snow storms.

        "We are in a La Niña pattern where it favors warmer weather,"said William Perry of the Weather Services' Blacksburg office.
        El Niño/La Niña is an oscillation of temperatures in the Pacific Ocean. During El Niño, water is warmer in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. During La Niña, it's colder.

  • Fire Department to provide photo-op for families

    The Bedford Volunteer Fire Department is going to give families a chance to take photos of their children and Santa Claus sitting on the department’s historic 1927 Seagrave fire truck on Saturday, Dec. 11.

  • Tree lighting, parade kick off the season this weekend

    More than 85 entries will line the streets of Bedford to share their vision of “Christmas in Bedford” this Saturday. The Christmas season kicks off in Centertown the night before with a Friday evening tree lighting.

        The Bedford Christmas Parade is scheduled Saturday, Dec. 4, at noon. There will be decorated floats and marching bands, antique cars, lots of horses, and  - of course  - Santa Claus. People from all over the region will be participating in this year’s Christmas extravaganza.

  • Festival of Trees grows

    Last year’s Festival of Trees, held at the Bedford Welcome Center, had less than 10 trees, according to Judi Jackson, one of three volunteers who spearhead the effort.

        “This year, we have 21,” Jackson said.
        According to Jackson, Herb Crowder came up with the idea last year. She, Crowder and Yolanda Adams have been heading it up ever since. This year, Jackson added an additional idea. Civic organizations decorate trees and visitors cast votes to decide which tree is the best.