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  • Bedford hosts state checkers tourney

        The 97th annual Virginia State Checkers Tournament was held in Bedford this past weekend and drew a former World Champion to the competition.
        Alex Moiseyev, who lost his world title in 2013,  is now playing in nearly all big events in order to climb back to the top and included Bedford on his tour.

  • Remembering 9/11

        A number of local organizations began getting together, in the wake of the Sep. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, for a prayer breakfast each year on the 9-11 anniversary. The purpose of the breakfast is to encourage people to pray for America’s leaders, and people in America’s armed forces.

        Colonel James Park was the guest speaker at this year’s event held at Main Street United Methodist Church.
        Park graduated from West Point in 1972 and became an artillery officer.

  • Students touch hearts of first responders in NYC

        The Rev. Geoff Hubbard, pastor of Cool Spring Presbyterian Church, used to live in New York City.
        So when the terrorist attacks on the city occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, he shared an even deeper concern as he watched the tragedy unfold.

  • 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.