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  • House burns on Christmas Eve

        It wasn't the night before Christmas, but a Bedford couple's plans for Christmas day were radically altered. They were forced to flee their home in the wee hours of the morning of Dec. 24 when their house caught fire. Fortunately, they were able to escape the rapidly progressing fire without injury.

  • Carrying water for Bedford County

    After several years of reacting to growth, the Bedford County Public Service Authority (PSA) now will attempt to spend some time on planning, according to Brian Key, the PSA’s director.

        Key took over the spigot from Willie Jones at the end of last year.

  • New CASA volunteers sworn in at ceremony

    Judge Philip Wallace of the Bedford Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court swore in a group of new CASA volunteers Thursday evening.

        CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. These are trained volunteers who are appointed by the court to be a voice for any children affected by a case that comes through that court. Their job is to investigate the situation and provide independent factual information to the court regarding the child. This report may contain recommendations as to the child’s welfare.

  • Seminar focuses on teamwork

    Two area groups and one hospital teamed up to sponsor a day-long seminar on investigating and prosecuting child abuse.

  • Fire destroys home; owner injured in blaze

    A fire in the 1800 block of Lazenbury Dr. in Bedford County Wednesday afternoon left the homeowner with second and third degree burns and her home destroyed. Family members are hoping, however, that Barbara Hamilton will be home for Christmas.

        “She’s doing a little better,” Debbie Bowyer said of her mom, stating that she was still at Lynchburg General Hospital recovering from her burns.

  • Smyth receives ‘Best Workplace’ designation

    Smyth Companies, Inc. has been designated as “Best Workplace” for 2008 by the “Best Workplace in the Americas” program. 

        The program is administered by Printing  Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF), and is awarded to  companies who demonstrate exceptional practices in the area of human resources and employee relations.

  • Cutting edge design

    Smith Mountain Lake Volunteer Fire and Rescue will be on the cutting edge of marine firefighting technology when it takes delivery of its new fireboats next year.

        What’s more, the design work that put these boats on the cutting edge was done by five members of the fire department.

  • Single-vehicle crash injures three

    Three people were injured in a single-vehicle accident Friday afternoon and the driver of the truck was arrested for driving under the influence.

  • Towers get go-ahead

    A Bedford County Planning Commission vote, Monday night, brought broadband Internet access one step closer for three elementary schools.

  • A bright future cut short

    People who knew Mitchell Simmons say that he would have had a bright future.

        Simmons, a 17-year-old senior at Staunton River High School, died Monday, Dec. 1, after an accidental shooting. He was remembered this week for his service to others, his friendship and his hard work both on the baseball field and in the classroom.

        “He wanted to go to VMI and would have been a shoe-in to get there,” said Joe Hubble, his advanced placement government teacher. “They would have loved to have him.”