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  • Teen girl saved from life threatening situation

        A Forest teen was rescued from a life-threatening situation off New London Road, last week by Forest firefighters.

        According to Jack Jones, a teenage girl was being pulled on a tube in the snow last week on a tube by an ATV. The tube ended up over a frozen pond and the ice broke leaving the girl, still on the tube, stranded in the pond 30 feet from the shore. Bystanders tried to throw a rope to her, but couldn’t reach her.

  • BFD honors firefighters

        The Bedford Volunteer Fire Department honored its firefighters during an awards banquet that looked back on 2017, a year that marked 129 years of service for the department.

        A crew from the Big Island Volunteer Fire Company stood ready to answer calls that came in for Bedford. They also got dinner at the banquet, but they got theirs late. Shortly before the banquet began, they got called out.

  • Remembering Dr. King

    Normally when temperatures are below 20 degrees, convincing someone to leave the warm relief of their home in the early morning is a back-breaking task.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. march, program to be held Monday

        The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March/Program will be held Monday, January 15  at 10 a.m. at Washington Street Baptist Church.
        The march from the Courthouse to Washington Street Baptist Church/ Processional will be led by BCPS ROTC & Boys with a Dream.
        Special guests will include Minister Jonathan Slocumb, Oakmulgee Baptist Church; and Peaks of Otter Association Youth Choir under the direction of Rev. Edwin Taylor.
        The event is sponsored by the Bedford Chapter NAACP.

  • Order of the Day

        Back in 1944, a 19-year-old sergeant from Roanoke knew he was part of something huge and the piece of paper in his hands was going to be historic.

        The sergeant was Bob Slaughter and the piece of paper was his copy of General Dwight Eisenhower’s Order of the Day for D-Day. While he and the other men of his company were waiting to board landing craft, Slaughter took it around and asked them to sign it. The paper bears the signatures of 75 of those men on the front and back.

  • Burning boxwoods

        Last month the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department set fire to some of the boxwoods in the Wharton Garden. This is not something they normally do. Usually they put out fires, not start them.

  • Fire destroys farmhouse

        A Friday morning fire destroyed a two-story farmhouse that dated back to the 19th century.

  • Apple Valley run raised money for Bedford House

    race, held last month, raised $2,500 for Friends of Bedford House.  According to Ronnie Gross, of Gross’ Orchard, this year was the 20th year the orchard sponsored the race. This year’s race drew 102 runners even though a rainy day suppressed turnout.

        “It ends up like a family reunion,” said Theresa Boyes, the race director.
        Boyes also runs in the race. She was a runner when she attended Liberty University. Boyes works as events coordinator at Avoca, the home of Charles Lynch.

  • Groups come together to hire Youth Career Navigator

        On Monday, Dec. 18 area community organizations came together to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to hire a Youth Career Navigator for the Bedford area.
        In the case of area youth who may have experienced hardship, they now have a village of support. The village is comprised of Bedford County Public Schools, Bedford County Department of Social Services, Region 2000 Workforce Development Board and Adult & Career Education of Central Virginia.

  • Their job: Cut the grass

        O2 emc, the company that built a solar array on the former Schrock Farm now owned by Bedford has to make sure the site doesn’t grow up in weeds. Along with looking unsightly, the stuff would eventually block the solar panels.

        They contracted with Sunraised Farms to maintain the grounds.
        “It’s relatively hilly,” said Brooks Mixon, who is part of Sunraised’s ground maintenance team.