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  • Local woman celebrates 100th birthday

    Family gathered from as far away as Missouri, Texas and Wisconsin to wish Helen Snyder a happy birthday.

    Snyder, who resides at Runk and Pratt in Bedford, celebrated her 100th birthday, Monday. The celebration was attended by two sons and four grandsons. One son, Jim Stubbs, came all the way from Kansas City, Mo. The other, Robert Stubbs, came all the way from Moneta. Robert is the son who brought her here in 2003.

    "She came down to live with me," he said.

    "I live in Kansas City and we fought over who was going to get her," commented Jim Stubbs.

  • Landmark announces potential sale

    Landmark Communications Inc. officials were holding a series of meetings Thursday withemployees to discussplans to explore selling the Norfolk-based company, which includes the Bedford Bulletin and the Roanoke Times.

    "At this early stage, we cannot speculate on where this process will lead," Landmark's chief executive and chairman Frank Batten Jr. said in an e-mailed memo to employees Thursday morning.

    Landmark, parent of The Bulletin, announced last night that it has hired national investment firms to handle the potential sale.

  • Seatbelt saved teen driver

    Trees along a curved section Va. 24, between Spradlin Road and Morgans Mill Road bear the signs of motor vehicle accidents.

    One of those was made by a Staunton River High School student on May 1. Katherine Hogan believes she is alive today because of the "granny car", a 1996 Mercury Sable, that her family got for her to drive and the fact that she always wears her seatbelt.

  • 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.