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  • Eyes of Freedom

        A truck, called the Eyes of Freedom Truck, made a stop at the National D-Day Memorial, Friday. This truck commemorates a unit’s loss in the Iraq War — a Marine Reserve company that lost 26 men in 2005 in fighting in Al Anbar province — the type of loss in which Bedford can surely empathize.

  • New Rec Association feels growing pains

        For all of the benefits expected to arrive with the reversion of Bedford into a town, some negative aspects have come to fruition, as well.
        As part of the reversion agreement, what was formerly the City Parks and Recreation Department was to have fallen under the auspices of the Bedford County Parks and Recreation Department.

  • Deer kill up; so are the accidents

        No changes will be made in the town’s hunting regulations, following a successful season in which a few properties within the town’s boundaries qualified for hunting on that land.
        During a work session of the Public Safety Committee last Tuesday, Bedford Police Chief James Day said there weren’t any issues with the new hunting ordinance that took effect this hunting season. Six property owners took advantage of  the guidelines set up to allow for urban hunting.

  • Moneta rescue expanding crew hall

    Moneta Rescue Squad’s crew hall was just fine when it was originally built, but it finally reached the point of being marginally adequate.
        John Singer, captain of the Moneta Rescue Squad, notes one issue — the width of the ambulance bays — as an example. Ambulances were a lot smaller 40 years ago. Today ambulances have one inch to spare on each side when they pull out.
        Another issue is the lack of insulation. Singer said it’s a cinderblock building with no insulation at all.

  • Time to spruce up the Memorial

        The National D-Day Memorial could use a little help from its friends as it prepares to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day this year.

  • The Snow Arrives

    Blame it on El Niño.

        According to the National Weather Service’s Blacksburg office, the pattern of weather we’ve seen this winter is typical of a neutral El Niño as streams of moisture and blasts of cold try to get together. This couple finally made a match just before Valentine’s Day.

  • Winter Storm: Hazardous driving conditions remain on area roads

    SALEM DISTRICT:  DRIVING WILL BE A CHALLENGE DURING THE EVENING COMMUTE

    Drivers are encouraged to avoid southbound I-81 in Montgomery County

    SALEM– Many roads remain mostly snow covered in western Virginia as snow continues to fall. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews and contractors continue to plow and treat primary roads (those numbered 1-599) and interstates.

  • DAR foots bill for land book restoration

        The real estate land books in Bedford County’s circuit court are a treasure trove for people doing genealogical research.

        “They are used a lot,” said Cathy Hogan, clerk of the circuit court. “They were in terrible shape.”

  • 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.