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  • 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.

  • Renovation nearly finished

        The renovation of the Bower Center should be done by late May or early June, according to Sara Braaten, the Center’s director.

  • Main Street receives state grant

        Bedford Main Street, Inc., is one of several recipients of grants announced by Governor Terry  McAuliffe this week as part of  $150,000 in Virginia Main Street funding for 10 projects in Virginia.

         The grants, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), include Downtown Investment Grants (DIG) and Financial Feasibility Grants targeting areas of specific need in historic downtown neighborhoods located in designated Virginia Main Street communities.

  • The White Stuff

        The second major winter storm of the season hit the Bedford area Sunday night and Monday, dumping as much as nine inches of snow and ice, resulting in numerous accidents and power outages throughout the region.

        More snow than expected fell Sunday night into Monday which left schools closed Monday and Tuesday.
        Town of Bedford offices delayed opening until noon on Tuesday because of ice on the roads.

  • They're all gone now

        It was a bright, cold February day in 1941 when a group of young Bedford men boarded a train at Bedford’s railroad passenger station for what they thought would be a year of federal service. The men were members of Bedford’s Army National Guard Company A.

  • Sheriff’s Office offers Active Shooter Training

        As a sign of the times we are living in, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is offering a new service to the community—Active Shooter Training.
        The goal is to teach people how to avoid being shot if somebody comes into their place of business, or church, armed and with bloodshed on his mind.

  • Bedford County Fair to be held Sept. 1-4

        After a successful first year back, the Second Annual Bedford County Fair will be held on Labor Day weekend.

        The Bedford County Agricultural Economic Development Advisory Board (AEDAB), in partnership with the Bedford County Tourism Department, will host the Fair September 1-4.

  • D-Day Memorial waives fees for county students

        The National D-Day Memorial will waive educational programming fees for Bedford County Public School students in 6th, 9th and 11th grades who visit the Memorial as part of a school organized field trip.

        “We’ve noticed over the years that attendance by county students has gone down,” said April Cheek-Messier, president of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation.