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  • Habitat seeks donations for work day

        Habitat for Humanity/Critical Home Repair is a volunteer organization that helps homeowners in the town of Bedford and Bedford County.
        It serves as a Christian ministry, and is in need of funds and labor to provide home repairs to several people in need.
        Habitat has plans to work on several homes on Saturday, April 23. Teams of people from various area churches and groups will be donating time and labor for the jobs.

  • Study supports Amtrak stop here

        A recently completed study presents favorable numbers for having an Amtrak stop in Bedford once rail service is completed between Roanoke and Lynchburg.
        The Bedford/Franklin Regional Rail Initiative (BFRRI), a group of local officials and residents from Bedford and Franklin counties welcomed the findings of the study to assess the feasibility of a passenger rail station in the town of Bedford.

  • Deputies honored for courage, service in face of danger

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office honored a number of deputies Tuesday morning; four of them were honored for courage.

        “These four deputies are being cited for “bravery, heroism and self-sacrifice in risking their lives to protect the survivor/victim of the tragic incidents at Bridgewater Plaza and Breezy Hill Road, Vinton,” Sheriff Mike Brown commented.

  • Computer crash causes some production problems

        Due to a computer crash, all email correspondence sent to news@bedfordbulletin.com between Monday, March 28 and April 4, was probably lost.
        This would also include email correspondence with the editor prior to that about stories or other issues or emails containing an item that has not yet appeared in the paper. Everyone is encouraged to resubmit emails made to news@bedfordbulletin.com as soon as possible.

  • Fireworks set for July

        The town of Bedford, the Bedford Moose Lodge and Bedford County Parks and Recreation are teaming up once again to bring Independence Day fireworks to Bedford, splitting the $12,000 cost three ways. This will mark the second year the fireworks will be launched from the National D-Day Memorial.

  • Chamber honors Dr. Bower

        Dr. John Bower was named Citizen of the Year at the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner, Thursday night.

        Although he no longer lives in Bedford, Dr. Bower grew up here and graduated from Bedford High School in 1947. A rather rowdy fellow in his youth Dr. Bower left, by his own account with a “good riddance” blessing from some prominent local people.

  • Community Day focuses on fun, area resources

        The sixth annual Community Day, scheduled for April 2, is a totally-free, fun event focused on community outreach and the well-being of the Bedford area community and residents. 

        Sponsored by the Bedford Crime Prevention Coalition, even more activities have been added and more agencies and organizations are involved. 

  • Fire destroys mobile home Monday

        Early Monday morning several county fire departments were called to a structure fire at Dawn Place in Chamblissburg. The call was received just before 4 a.m.
        A family of four was displaced by the fire and is being assisted by the Red Cross. The structure is likely a total loss, according to Fire Marshal Jeff Pauley.
        Fire investigators began their investigation Monday morning and were on the scene most of the day. No official cause of the fire had been released as of Tuesday morning.
     

  • Local projects receive tourism grant funds

        Two local events were among those that received matching fund grants announced this week by Governor Terry McAuliffe.
        In all, $812,000 in matching grant funds will be awarded to 39 local tourism initiatives as part of Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) Marketing Leverage Program. The grants are designed to help local and regional tourism entities attract more visitors by leveraging local marketing dollars and will ultimately impact at least 153 other statewide tourism entities.

  • Full pond day

        Smith Mountain Lake reached full pond for the first time on March 7, 1966. Monday, Smith Mountain Lake Park’s Discovery Center was packed with a standing-room only crowd to mark the 50th anniversary of the event.

        “Coming up to the Lake was always a big deal,” commented Fifth District Congressman Robert Hurt. Hurt is a Pittsylvania County native and Smith Mountain Lake figured in his childhood memories.