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  • Activity helps woman with MS

        “I was told a long time ago I’d never walk again,” said Debra Rice.

        Rice, who lives at Salem Court Apartments, got that cheerful news from a doctor in 1991. Rice has multiple sclerosis (MS) an autoimmune disease. Her immune system attacks the myelin sheaths that cover nerves, disrupting their function.

  • Four day hikers rescued

        On July 4, just after 8 p.m., a call was received from Big Island Volunteer Fire Chief Brandon Cocke to Bedford County 911 Communication Center requesting deployment of the Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue’s Special Operations Command Team to aid in the rescue of several day hikers who needed assistance. 

  • 'Fowl play'

        The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) was involved in a wild goose chase in the Lake Vista neighborhood in Forest last week.

  • Moose help Bedford celebrate the holiday

        In spite of the fact that Bedford’s Moose Lodge had less than a month to pull it together, the fireworks display the lodge sponsored Friday night went smoothly.

        “It turned out very well,” said Andy Dooley, the lodge administrator, “We were very pleased.”
        The people attending were very pleased, too. When the display ended, people cheered and applauded.

  • Blazing a trail

        Glenn Field was given some good advice when he started to put his Eagle Scout project together: Pick a project that you have a passion to complete.

        That wise advice came from his Scoutmaster, Jason Moore.
        Field did just that, and in the process, blazed a trail others can enjoy for years to come.
        “I was looking for an idea I could be proud of—something challenging,” Field stated.

  • July has left us all wet

        “It’s been pretty wet,” commented Ken Costura, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Blacksburg office.

        But we knew that already, didn’t we. All we had to do was look out our window the past couple of weeks.

  • Here are some ways to celebrate this week

        Looking for a way to celebrate the 4th? These are some ideas...

    Moose fireworks
        The Bedford Moose Lodge is sponsoring a July 5 fireworks show.
        The fireworks will be shot off from the Lodge’s property on U.S. 460. The show will start at 9 p.m. and last 20 minutes concluding with a large finale. The show is free to the public.
        Shuttle service will be available from a number of off-site parking areas:

  • Moose fireworks: What you need to know

        The Bedford Moose lodge has parking lined up for its July 5 fireworks show.
        The fireworks will be shot off from the Lodge’s property on U.S. 460. The show will start at 9 p.m. and last 20 minutes concluding with a large finale. The show is free to the public.
        The following are the off site parking areas. Shuttle service will be available from a number of these:
        • Mountain View Union Church — just beside the Lodge on east side of U. S. 460

  • Elks donations help local organizations

        Bob Humphreys, a past Exalted Ruler of Bedford’s Elks Lodge and the local trustee for the Elks National Foundation, recently presented checks for $250 each to representatives of eight local non-profit organizations on the front porch of the Elks National Home.

  • Filling in the sinkhole

        A sinkhole that appeared Sunday shut down one lane of traffic in the eastbound lane of US 460 in Bedford, just past the Wal-Mart intersection.

        The sinkhole appeared around 4 p.m. Sunday, reported by a Trooper with the Virginia State Police.
        Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation and the city of Bedford were on the scene late Sunday afternoon. VDOT had blocked off the lane and corrective measures began Monday.