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  • Hoarding hampers firefighters’ efforts

        According to Bedford Fire Chief Brad Creasy, firefighters are running into a situation inside some houses, when they respond to a fire, that hampers their ability to fight the fire. That obstacle: hoarding.
        “We’ve seen a growing number of houses that have hoarding-like conditions in recent years,” Creasy said.

  • Tearing it down

    On Monday, workers from James Jones & Associates demolished the historic house at 719 Longwood Ave. in Bedford that was damaged beyond repair in a mid-December fire. The house was built in 1891 and was home to Josephine Bibb, a well-known Bedford teacher from her birth until her death in 2003. Jamie Snell is the most recent owner of the historic home. The fire began in the area of the home’s wood stove. The homeowners were not at home when the fire began.

  • Local agencies oppose changes to boater safety laws

        The Smith Mountain Lake Water Safety Council is concerned about two pieces of legislation in this year’s General Assembly, according to Pete Lewis, a member and former chairman of the Council.
        The legislation — SB52 introduced by State Senator Richard Stewart, and HB650, introduced by Delegate Margaret Ransone — would eliminate the requirement for boaters 45-years-old and older from taking a boating safety course.
        Lewis said the Water Safety Council opposes these bills.

  • Bedford VFD celebrates busy year, accomplishments

        The Bedford Volunteer Fire Department celebrated a busy 2013, its 125th year, with an awards dinner at the Welcome Center on Saturday.

        Bedford’s fire department is the busiest of the county’s volunteer fire departments because it has a first due area that includes 182 square miles of the county. It’s also one of the most densely populated parts of the county with the U.S. 460 corridor running through it.

  • Strong turnout for Bedford MLK Jr. event

    “It's been a great day.”
        That's how Ronnie Miller, president of the Bedford Chapter of the NAACP, summed up Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Walk in Bedford.

        More than 100 people showed up for the march through Centertown and the program that followed at Washington Street Baptist Church.  It  was   one   of   the largest turnouts for the annual celebration in Bedford in years.

  • Bedford woman to represent U.S. at Normandy event

        Sperry Grills, a young Bedford woman, will represent the United States at a special dedication in Normandy in June.

        “This will be my fourth trip to France,” Grills said.

  • Fire destroys home

        A fire at 1111 Grindstone Dr. in Bedford on Monday has displaced one resident, who is being helped by the American Red Cross.

        Firefighters received the call at 5 p.m. Monday, after a neighbor saw flames coming from the home. The homeowner was not at the residence when the fire occurred. Crews arrived to find the two-story wood frame private dwelling with heavy fire showing. Fire departments from Bedford, Big Island and Forest responded and the fire was under control in less than an hour.

  • Prom Princess!

        According to Julie Austin-Witcher, Mrs. Virginia for 2013 and National Mrs. East Coast, the annual prom is the highlight of many teens’ high school year. It’s also costly as prom dresses can be quite expensive. That’s why Austin-Witcher came up with the Prom Princess Project.

        The event has a two-fold purpose. The main part is as a fundraiser, to buy prom dresses for girls who will be unable to afford them.

  • LU to modify Ivy Lake dam

        A gift given to Liberty University in 2008 is going to cost the university $1million dollars, and the school, in turn, wants to give it away. The university received Ivy Lake as a gift from the developer who built the subdivision around it.

  • Bedford business sues water authority

        A Bedford business is suing the Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) over its plan to build a major new water system, intended to bring treated water, drawn from Smith Mountain Lake, to Bedford and on to Forest.
        The lawsuit was filed last week in Bedford County Circuit Court by attorneys representing Bedford Weaving, a business located in the town of Bedford.