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  • Forest Fire Department plans to build fire house

    The Forest Volunteer Fire Department plans to build a new fire house on county-owned property near the intersection of Va. 122 and Va. 811, near the Forest Library.

    According to Monty Coleman, the Forest fire chief, the current firehouse is 50 years old and only has three bays for firetrucks. Forest has grown significantly in the past half-century and the fire department has grown to meet the increased need for fire protection. The department now has six trucks shoe-horned into this space.

  • Project serves dual purpose

    A project carried out by Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC) students at the end of last year served two purposes.

    A low concrete wall in front of Washington Street Baptist Church, between the sidewalk and the church building, had deteriorated. The BSTC students replaced it, building the new wall out of split-face concrete masonry units, that emulate stone. The church provided the material, which they got at a discount from Masonry Mart. The students, all in their second year of the school's masonry program, provided the skilled labor.

  • Local singer appears on Apple Idol

    Terry Day is living his dream.

    This week Day appeared with five other contestants vying for Apple Ford's Apple Idol title. The show is part of WSET-TV's "Living in the Heart of Virginia" program, aired daily at 12:30 p.m. on local channel 13.

    For Day, singing on television is a dream-come-true.

  • Play is living history

    Robert Carson has a deep interest in theater. In addition to acting, he's written plays for his church, Antioch Baptist.

    This year, he's writing a play called "Journey" for another church. The church wanted to do something different for Black History Month and Carson wrote a play in which a 100-year-old man takes the audience on a journey through the civil rights movement. It's history presented in dramatic format.

  • Steptoe portrait returns to Courthouse

    Some dream of exotic vacations; others dream of meeting the queen.

    For many years local appraiser, Elizabeth Gladwell dreamed of Jemmie Steptoe. For those unfamiliar with Bedford County's earlier years, James Steptoe (nicknamed Jemmie) was the first Clerk of Bedford County Circuit Court. This was a position he held from 1772 through 1826.

  • Man in U.S. illegally, convicted of sexual battery

    BEDFORD, Va. — An El Salvador man, living in the United States illegally, was convicted Tuesday of aggravated sexual battery against an 8-year-old girl for an incident that occurred at the Goodwill Store on Forest Road in Bedford County.

  • Portrait, plaque honor Nanci Drake

    Friends, family and colleagues gathered at the Bedford Welcome Center Nov. 30 to unveil a commissioned portrait of Nanci Drake, the first Director of Tourism for Bedford City and County who died unexpectedly more than a year ago on Dec. 2, 2006.

    Mayor Skip Tharp presented and donated the portrait. Tharp was joined by County Supervisor Steve Arrington to unveil the portrait.

    The portrait captures Nanci?s energy, enthusiasm and stellar smile.

  • Dragstrip opponents make some noise

    Some neighbors of the New London Airport and Dragstrip say that they don't like the dragstrip's noise.

  • Request to build townhouses for laborers approved

    Bedford County's planning commission gave the green light, last week, to a request by May Brothers to build housing for temporary workers.

  • Tour operators visit Bedford

    Bedford's tourism office will host a group of group tour operators from around the country today. A second group will be here Friday.

    "This is incredible to get," commented Sergei Troubetzkoy, the Bedford area's director of tourism.

    All told, there will be a total 27 tour operators here. Troubetzkoy said that he had that many visit during his entire 18 years as director of tourism in Staunton.