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  • Rescuers, men they helped, meet again

        Dallas Neel just happened to be in the area when the call for a possible drowning in a pond off Krantz’s Corner Road was dispatched at 3:37 p.m. on May 16.

        “God put me at the right spot that day,” stated Neel, a conservation police officer with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. “I was just glad I was in the right spot.”

  • VDOT digs up U.S. 460

        A long-awaited Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) project, designed to improve safety on the section of U.S. 460, on the west end of Bedford, is underway.

        “It’s basically to improve sight distance,” said Jason Bond, a VDOT spokesman.

  • Fourth of July events

        Residents throughout the Bedford area will have plenty of opportunities to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend with fireworks and activities.
        From Poplar Forest to Smith Mountain Lake, Bedford to Moneta, activities are planned for July 4 and July 5.

  • Networking Women help Bedford Ride

        Bedford Networking Women will sponsor an event called Christmas in July to raise money for Bedford Ride. The event will be held at the Bedford Moose Lodge on July 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

        Bedford Ride is a non-profit organization that provides non-emergency medical transportation for people, living in Bedford County, who would otherwise be unable to get to medical appointments. All drivers and dispatchers are volunteers. Bedford Ride provides the vehicles, gasoline and insurance.

  • Networking Women help Bedford Ride

        Bedford Networking Women will sponsor an event called Christmas in July to raise money for Bedford Ride. The event will be held at the Bedford Moose Lodge on July 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

        Bedford Ride is a non-profit organization that provides non-emergency medical transportation for people, living in Bedford County, who would otherwise be unable to get to medical appointments. All drivers and dispatchers are volunteers. Bedford Ride provides the vehicles, gasoline and insurance.

  • Local woman scales the Peaks for 90th birthday

    So what did Edley Updike do for her 90th birthday? She went for a little stroll—up Sharp Top at the Peaks of Otter!
        On Sunday, June 1, Updike hiked to the Peaks summit with her daughter, Denise Updike Gaston. They didn’t take the bus up; they started at the bottom and hiked all the way up.
        Where did she get the idea? A friend had done it several years ago.
        “She said 'I bet I can do it, too’,” Denise said of her Mom. “I want to give it a shot.”

  • Man arrested for soliciting someone to murder his wife

    A former Bedford man has been charged with hiring someone to murder his wife.

    Kevin Colgan, 61, who now lives in Roanoke was arrested Thursday after an investigation in which Colgan allegedly attempted to hire an undercover officer to murder Sara Colgan, who lives in the 5700 block of E. Lynchburg Salem Turnpike.

  • Chamber hosts Goodlatte at luncheon

        Congressman Bob Goodlatte was honored at a lunch hosted by the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce at the Welcome Center on Monday, for a pro-business voting record.

  • Wildland fire training offered

        The Virginia Department of Forestry celebrates its centennial this year, as well as its 30th anniversary in Bedford County, according to Jeremey Falkenau, the department’s area forester here. As part of the observance, Falkenau would like to invite people to the Bedford Wildland Fire Crew’s next team meeting, to be held on Wednesday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department, located at 315 Bedford Avenue.

        “We’re trying to grow our members for the fire crew here,” Falkenau said.

  • Welcome Center administrative manager, Lynn Scott, retires

        Lynn Scott, who has served as the Welcome Center’s administrative manager as long as the Welcome Center has existed has retired.

        A Bedford native, Scott moved away and, after 28 years, returned to Bedford in 1999. She initially worked for Sue Montgomery, then the county’s director of economic development, before going to work for what was then the joint city/county tourism department.