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  • Tom looks for his home

        The Super 8 motel, on U. S. 460 on the west side of Bedford, has had an interesting guest since the weekend. He probably won’t pay his bill, although Sherry Pounds, the general manager doesn’t mind. She just wishes he had better toilet habits.

        He’s a large tom turkey.
        “He came Saturday afternoon and decided to stay,” Pound said.

  • Fire destroys cabin off Rocky Ford Rd.

        A cabin burned down last Wednesday, May 10, in the area of the 6800 block of Rocky Ford Road.

        Originally dispatched for reports of a brush fire in area of 6100 block of Rocky Ford Road, the Bedford  Fire  Department dispatched brush trucks instead of fire engines. That proved to be helpful, even though the fire was not dispatched as a structure fire.
        As the dispatch went out, multiple reports of a fire in the woods were made to the dispatch center, according to Matt Scott, deputy chief of BFD.

  • Avenel’s Derby Day is biggest ever

        This year’s Derby Day, a major fundraiser held by the Avenel Foundation, held Saturday evening at Avenel was the largest ever.

  • Centra BMH to expand ER

        Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital is about to embark on an expansion of its emergency department.

          In order to do that, the hospital needs a temporary home for that department while the work is being done. The solution is to temporarily move it to the second floor of the old hospital building. It will use parking in the area currently dedicated to administrative parking. There will be directional signs that will show people where they need to go. Volunteers will also be on hand to help people find their way.

  • Derby Day slated for May 6 at Avenel

        Derby Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 6 at Avenel.

        Avenel Foundation marks the annual running of the Kentucky Derby with a festive event that serves as a major fundraiser. The Foundation exists to maintain the historic home.
        Avenel was built by Col. William Burwell to serve as a home for his family and his in-laws. That’s why the house has such a complex internal stair system. The two families shared the public areas of the house, but each had their own private section.

  • Love letters

        Bedford County’s Love Letters will be unveiled next week at the Bedford Welcome Center.

         These Love Letters are not amorous missives. The are actual, large, metal letters that spell out the word “LOVE.” It’s part of a state-wide tourism branding project and localities around the state are doing it. This initiative of the Virginia Tourism Corporation started in 2012.
        However, Bedford’s Love Letters are unique.

  • Local farmers help out those affected by wildfires

        Moved by the devastation farmers in the Midwest have been dealing with because of wildfires, a group of area residents have been reaching out to help their counterparts in Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Texas.

  • Diversity provides strategic advantage

        Brigadier General Lapthe Flora was the speaker in the first of a series of talks at the Bedford Welcome Center, sponsored by the National D-Day Memorial, marking the centennial of America’s entry into World War I. Tomorrow marks the 100th anniversary of the United State’s declaration of war on the German Empire.

  • Feature film has casting call

        The feature film Juanita, which will spend a week filming in the Bedford area, has put out a casting call for extras.
        Work in Bedford is expected to take place April 30-May 5.
        In the story line Juanita untethers herself from her exhausting life and sets out on a bus to an unknown destination and future. The film is based on the novel “Dancing on the Edge of the Roof” by Sheila Williams.     The  screenplay is by Roderick Spencer.

  • Montvale FD gets new pumper

        The Montvale Fire Department has purchased a new pumper, a brand new Pierce Rescue Engine with a tank capacity of 1,000 gallons.

        According to Montvale Fire Chief Scott Hawkins, the truck was bought through the county’s fire apparatus replacement rotation. The truck cost $520,000 and the county put up $260,000 of that amount. The fire department had to raise the rest. This price does not include the cost of the equipment the truck carries.