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  • Burn building will help get firefighters prepared

    Bedford area firefighters will soon have a new facility that will help them be better trained to fight fires and respond to emergency situations.

    Construction of a burn building off Orange Street in Bedford should be finished later this month or in February. The cost of the building ? $430,000 including construction and engineering ? is being paid for through a grant from the Department of Fire Programs, applied for by the Bedford Fire Department. The facility will be used by all 12 independent fire departments in the city and county, representing some 705 volunteers.

  • BSTC earns ASE certification

    Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC) has earned ASE certification in four automotive repair areas.

    According to Kevin Fike, who teaches automotive repair, ASE means Automotive Service of Excellence. It's an automotive service standards program run by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

  • Goode man celebrates 100 years

    Roy Arrington, of Goode, was a New Year's Day baby.

    Arrington was born on Jan. 1, 1908 near Sedalia. Yesterday he celebrated his centennial.

    He worked a number of different jobs, including a stint with the Works Progress Administration (WPA) doing road work in Bedford County during the Depression. He finally landed a job with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and stayed with them for 36 years until his retirement in 1970. He was a motor grader operator and truck driver for VDOT and worked under 12 different resident engineers in the county.

  • Friday morning fire guts house

    A Friday morning fire gutted a house on U. S. 460 a few miles west of Bedford.

    Russell Stevens, Bedford's fire chief, said the call came in around 7 a.m. Flames were shooting out of the front of the house when firefighters got there.

    Stevens, who was the on-scene commander for the firefighters involved, said that it took between 35 and 40 minutes to extinguish the blaze. However, smoldering pockets inside walls and in the attic kept them on the scene until nearly noon.

    The house was heavily damaged.

  • Answering God's call

    Charles Moore can tell you that getting carjacked is a disconcerting experience. It's even worse when the thieves take you along with the car.

    This was one of many experiences that Moore had during nearly 30 years as an American Baptist missionary in Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

  • Man arrested after standoff

    At 7:28 a.m. Thursday morning, Bedford County Sheriff?s Office received a 911 call reporting that a woman had been abducted and stabbed in the stomach. The Chamblissburg Rescue Squad and sheriff?s deputies responded to 116 Scenic Drive. The female victim, was able to get away from the suspect and go to a neighbor?s home and call 911. She had a stab wound to her side and was transported to Carillon Roanoke Memorial Hospital. At this time the relationship between victim and suspect is unclear.

  • Bedford generosity makes Christmas brighter for some

    Brenda Dixon doesn't look anything like Santa Claus. She wasn't making her rounds in a reindeer powered sleigh, either.

    The young woman works for Home Instead Senior Care and delivered gifts last week to folks in the Bedford. The gifts were purchased under the Be a Santa to a Senior Program that Home Instead has sponsored for the three years.

    It was Bedford area generosity that made this possible. Home Instead provided the names of people, along with the gifts these folks would like for Christmas. Local people adopted one by purchasing the desired gifts.

  • Gosnell honored for efforts at bringing technology to county schools

    When Victor M. Gosnell was hired to lead the Bedford County technology department a decade ago, little technology existed within the school division.

    Only one of the high and middle schools had a network set up and none of the schools had Internet connectivity.

    A lot has changed since then and now the school division is looked at as a leader in the technology arena. And Gosnell has been recognized for helping accomplish that ? and much more.

  • Agreement could help keep city power costs down

    In an effort to help keep the cost of electricity stable for the next several years, Bedford City Council authorized a contract Wednesday in which it will team with 78 other cities to purchase power.

    Also on Wednesday, council approved changes to the rear parking lot of the former Hunan Restaurant building, which will allow American National Bank & Trust Company to put in a drive-in area.

  • CASA adds to its volunteer staff

    Judge Philip Wallace swore in seven new CASAs in Bedford Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court this month.

    CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. These are volunteers who have been trained to be advocates for children who are victims of abuse and neglect. When such a case comes to court, the judge can appoint one of these advocates to represent the child's best interests in court.