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Local News

  • Forest Fire Department receives Fireman’s Fund grant

    any, enabled the Forest Volunteer Fire Department to buy some new pieces of equipment.

  • Alliance celebrates Bastille Day

        As always, the Bedford International Alliance held its annual Bastille Day picnic on the Saturday evening closest to the French holiday. Bastille Day, celebrated on July 14, marks the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789 when Parisians stormed the Bastille, a medieval fortress in Paris.

  • Tall order

        Jimmy and Stella Brown have created quite a stir the past several weeks for those traveling south on Va. 122 towards the Lake.

        At the entrance to their home on Brown Court, two 14-foot high century plants have been blooming, drawing attention from those passing by. Hundreds have stopped to look; many have taken pictures.
        And the Browns enjoy it all.
        “We see a lot of people just pull up and take a picture,” Stella said.

  • Helping is still her passion

        Alzheimer’s slowly robs its victim of cognitive abilities but, in the case of Doris Juanita Burnette, her passion for helping others remains intact.

        Burnette began collecting aluminum soft drink can tabs for Ronald McDonald House in 1986 and, remains involved with it in spite of her illness.

  • Fire truck overturns

    Forest Volunteer Fire Department's Pumper 5, was on it's way fight a structure fire on 16522 Wyatts Way, when it overturned on New London Road this morning.

  • Not a typical 11-year-old

        Ryan Balderston, of Thaxton, sometimes thinks of himself as “a 40-year-old in an 11-year-old body.”

  • 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.