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  • What started the fire?

        Bedford County’s fire and rescue department hosted a fire investigation seminar last week. The three day seminar was taught by Steve Riggs of the Public Agency Training Council, a national organization.

        “We are the largest privately held public safety training company in the country today,” Riggs said.
        Riggs said they have 78 instructors and conduct between 800 and 900 seminars each year.

  • Stay #SMLStrong

    Editor’s note:

        Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Vicki Gardner was a victim of the August shooting at Bridgewater Plaza in which two WDBJ7 journalists were killed. She continues to recover from her injuries and submitted this letter in response to all that has happened since the shooting.
    By Vicki Gardner
    Executive Director
    SML Regional
    Chamber of Commerce

  • Little horse brings big cheer to others

        Sheldon is a miniature horse, but that doesn’t mean he can’t tackle big tasks.

  • Adams stepping down as Bedford Main Street director

        After two years as Bedford Main Street’s executive director, Amanda Adams is stepping down.
        “I have really enjoyed the last two years that I’ve spent as Main Street’s executive director,” Adams stated. “Over the last two years, I’ve been fortunate to be part of a growing board, the development of a new mission, and help Main Street get back to being an integral part of the Bedford community.”

  • Gift could provide ‘little bit of beauty’ in tough situation

        Barbara Owen, of Bedford Professional Women, noted that she had accumulated a number of  Estée Lauder cosmetic bags. What should she do with these colorful, feminine bags?

        “We women have a lot of bags at home,” she said.
        Owen and Kelli Reed, the  Estée Lauder counter manager at Peebles, got together and came up with an idea.

  • Fires destroy county homes

        Fires on two consecutive days kept county firefighters busy this week.

  • Woman tells dispatcher she saw Bigfoot

        Could Bigfoot be walking around your backyard?
        A Bedford County woman called Bedford County dispatch two weeks ago stating she saw Bigfoot and a baby on Sept. 9. The story has made the rounds on social media and a number of websites which deal with such stories.

  • Museum promoting model train layout

        Wally Post, of the Bedford Central Railroad Group, brought Phoebe Snow to Olde Liberty Station for a recent visit.

        Phoebe Snow is actually an imaginary person, the feature of an early 20th century long-running Lakawana Rail Road advertising campaign for a luxury train by the same name. Miss Snow — several models portrayed her over the years—always wore a white dress. The style of the dress changed over the years, but it was always white and there was a reason for this.

  • Centra wants hospice house

        Bedford Hospice House was built with great hopes. The folks who raised the money, a decade ago, saw it as a place where terminally ill people, who could not stay in their own homes, could still spend their last days in a home-like environment.

        The result was a beautifully designed hospice house, located on Falling Creek Road, next to the former county group home gym.

  • Christian Fellowship holds prayer breakfast

        Bedford Christian Fellowship held its annual 9/11 prayer breakfast at Main Street United Methodist Church, Friday.