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  • One year later, couple sees new home rise from the ashes

    Jamie and Kim Snell, along with their three shih tzus, Mocha, Java and Latte, were able to move into their new home on Longwood Avenue the week before Thanksgiving.

  • Shooting ruled justifiable; officers return to duty

    The officer-related shooting death of Richard Thomas Bergeron on Oct. 28 has been ruled as a justified shooting by Michael R. Doucette, the commonwealth's attorney in Lynchburg, who was serving as special prosecutor in the investigation.

    “I will not be seeking any criminal charges against them,” Doucette wrote in a letter to Circuit Court Judge James Updike. “In fact, in my opinion, they should be commended for the quick and decisive action they took which saved the life of Doris Bergeron.”

  • Drug collection receptacle being utilized

        The drug collection receptacle now in place at the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office appears to be doing its job.
         The first week of its use appeared to be fruitful, yielding 7.45 pounds of pills.
        The two oldest prescriptions were from 1969 and 1963.
        There was a large number of liquid meds along with inhalers, ointments and even several Eppy Pens.  CVS/pharmacy provided the drug collection receptacle to the Sheriff’s Office.

  • Annual Festival of Trees is underway

        Local organizations have been busy decorating Christmas trees at the Welcome Center for the Center’s annual Festival of Trees. People can vote for their favorite tree by contributing $1 per vote. These voters are encouraged to vote early and vote often. This contest is a fundraiser and each tree has a designated local charity. The charities designated by the top three winning trees get the money raised by the contest.

  • Elks Home village

        The Elks National Home, now an English Meadows Senior Living Community, will hold an open house on Dec. 2 from 7-9 p.m. If you go, you’ll get a chance to tour the interior of the historic Home.

        “We are inviting the community to see the beauty of the indoors,” said Sharon Jones, the Home’s activities director. “It’s prettier than the outdoors.”

  • Sweet gratitude

        Dr. Ron Hendrickson, a dentist in Goode, offered children an offer they couldn’t refuse. At least their parents couldn’t refuse it.  He offered to buy Halloween candy for $1 per pound. One child took him up on the offer to the tune of four pounds.

        “It’s amazing how these kids kept coming in,” Dr. Hendricksen commented.

  • Museum says ‘thanks’ to its volunteers

        The Bedford Museum hosted a lunch, this month, to thank its many volunteers.

        According to Doug Cooper, the Museum’s manager, nearly 100 volunteers perform tasks ranging from construction, to archiving donated items to making genealogy presentations. Archiving is critical so that people know what the Museum has and where it is. Some of them come in frequently, on a weekly basis or multiple times a week.

  • BPD vehicle struck

        A Bedford Police Department cruiser was damaged during an accident early last Wednesday morning.

        The accident occurred just in front of Wal-Mart on U.S. 460 in Bedford.

  • Andy Bears

    When Andy Wilks was 12 years old, his brother Jon joined the Air Force and was getting ready to leave home for the first time.

  • Bedford Christmas Parade is Dec. 6

        The Bedford Christmas parade will be held December 6 at 4 p.m. This year’s parade theme is “A Christmas Story” in Bedford.
        The parade will be followed by the Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. in the Centertown Plaza (Bridge & Main). There will also be carriage rides and free pictures with Santa in SantaLand that evening from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
        Carriage rides will also be available through Centertown and free pics with Santa from 6:30 — 8:30 p.m. on Friday, December 12 and Friday, December 19.