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  • Bedford serves as backdrop for several scenes in feature-length film

    The cast and crew of the feature-length film “Lake Effects” came to Bedford last week in order to shoot several scenes of the movie which has Smith Mountain Lake as its backdrop.

        “Our goal is to show the hospitality and the charm of a smaller town,” stated Sara Elizabeth Timmins, the film’s producer. “Our whole goal with this film, along the way, was to showcase real places that do exist and not make them up.”
        And Bedford will play a part in that.

  • Co-workers remember Bonnie Davis

    It’s been nearly five years since Bonnie Davis was killed after being struck by a motorist while crossing Dawn Drive from a parking lot to Sam Moore Furniture, her place of employment. The accident happened on Dec. 19, 2005.

  • Rescue squad celebrates 40 years of service

    The Montvale Rescue Squad is getting ready to celebrate 40 years of service to that community.

        Formed in May 1970, the crew now responds to more than 200 calls each year. Members are hoping this month’s celebration will help honor those who paved the way as well as generating interest from others who would want to join the crew.

  • Opponents want Stalin bust removed, not just moved

    The National D-Day Memorial Foundation’s decision to temporarily remove the bust of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin has not satisfied the bust’s opponents.

        According to Robin Reed, the foundation’s president, the bust will be stored until an appropriate venue of the display of busts of allied political leaders is developed.
        Jim Morrison, a vocal opponent, likened the decision to a shell game — a pea is placed under one of three shells on a table and the shells are moved around.

  • Domestic violence awareness is focus of October events

    October is a month dedicated to domestic violence awareness and Bedford Domestic Violence Services has a number of events planned to observe it.

  • More than 100 cats, dogs taken from Thaxton home

    Calling it one of the worst cases of animal “hoarding” they’ve seen, deputies from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and animal rights volunteers spent most of Monday removing more than 100 cats and dogs from a home in Thaxton.

  • Stalin bust to be moved

    Change is coming to the status of the statuary at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford.
        And though the controversial bust of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin will be removed from its current location, it will be put back up at a different location at the Memorial sometime in the future, according to Foundation President Robin Reed.

  • Getting the big wheel rolling

    Big Otter Mill is one step closer to having a functioning mill wheel again.

        Workers from Water Wheel Factory welded buckets back in place on the mill’s massive water wheel, Saturday.
        There’s still a lot of work to be done, notes Richard Burnett, the Big Otter Mill foundation’s treasurer. Now, the gearing inside the wheel has to be replaced.
        “That thing has a huge internal gear,” Burnett said.

  • He was there

    Bedford’s annual Community Ecumenical 9-11 Prayer Breakfast had a special speaker this year.

        Sergeant Major James Smith was in the Pentagon attending a meeting when an airliner, hijacked by terrorists, crashed into the building. Smith’s meeting was being held in the same wing of the massive office building that the airliner hit.

  • Republicans rally around their cause

        About 230 enthusiastic Republicans turned out for a dinner last month at Bedford Elementary School and the party’s prospects this fall appeared to be the cause, judging from comments by various speakers at the event.

        “The pendulum has been swinging away from us for some time,” said State Senator Ralph Smith. “Now it is swinging back.”
        “I think things are looking good for us in November,” he said.