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  • Forest man charged with attempting to abduct boy, attacking several others

    A Forest man has been arrested for attempting to abduct a 13-year-old boy Monday at a bus stop, as well as attacking several other residents.

    At 8:22 a.m. Monday, September 8, Bedford County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Jane Randolph Street in Forest after receiving a call from a mother who reported that her 13 year old son had returned home from his bus stop.

  • Board delays decision on whether to close Thaxton Elementary; Bedford Primary School won't close

    The Bedford County School Board voted to delay making a decision on whether to close Thaxton Elementary School Thursday. A vote could come by the end of this year, after staff has a chance to craft a plan for where students from that school would be be redistricted to attend.

    The board, at Thursday's special called meeting held at Bedford Science and Technology Center, did apparently rule out closing Bedford Primary School. The decision now apparently hinges on if, and when, Thaxton Elementary would be closed.

  • Old Glenwood Esso building sold

        Wilber Martin started Glenwood Esso 61 years ago and Friday, for the first time, the original Glenwood Esso building on Va. 43, passed out of his family’s hands.

        Wilber’s son, Curry, eventually took over the business and, by the end of the 20th century it outgrew the old building. Curry moved the business to its current facility in 1997. He sold the building to his sisters and one sister, Gail Hopkins, a retired elementary school teacher, eventually bought the others out.

  • Virginia men drive tractors to Indiana

        Have you ever felt the urge to make a multi-state cross country drive seated on a tractor?

  • Get an up-close look at a B-17

        A piece of living history is visiting Roanoke’s airport this week, and she’s welcoming guests.

  • NoahFest to be held this weekend at Sedalia

        The third annual NoahFest is slated for this weekend at Sedalia Center.

        The fundraising festival grew out of Michael Okuley’s experience when his son, Noah, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
        “When Noah was diagnosed, the community really rallied around us,” Okuley said. “We felt an obligation to pay it forward.”

  • Gleaning fields to help the hungry

        The Society of St. Andrew held its 3rd Annual Commonwealth Day of Gleaning, Thursday, with volunteers showing up at eight farms and orchards across Virginia to gather fruit and vegetables that would otherwise have gone to waste.

  • Forest’s new fire engine now at work

        The Forest Fire Department's new Engine 51 is now in service.

        The fire truck replaces Pumper 5, which was lost in a roll-over crash last summer. The accident happened on Va. 709 on a bad curve near New London Steak House. None of the six men riding in the truck’s cab were seriously injured.
        According to Ryan Burnette, the fire department’s public information officer, the new truck cost $500,000 with 95 percent of the cost covered by insurance.

  • Bedford VFD puts new pumper into service

        Bedford Volunteer Fire Department put a new fire truck into service on Aug. 1 — a  2014 Seagrave pumper.

        The Bedford Fire Department has a long history with Seagrave. Its ladder truck is a Seagrave and the department’s first pumper was a 1927 Seagrave. The 1927 pumper, fully restored, is on display at the Welcome Center in a specially designed room that allows the firefighters to take the old truck out to drive in parades and other occasions.

  • Bedford Boy's Bible up for preservation vote

        The National D-Day Memorial has nominated the Bible belonging to “Bedford Boy” John Schenk to the Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifact competition.