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Today's News

  • Be careful while trying to stay warm

        It’s cold outside, and the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department has some tips to make sure your efforts to keep it warm inside don’t result in a tragedy.

        Brad Creasy, Bedford’s fire chief, said that the poor economy means that more people are burning wood to cut heating costs. This works fine as long as you keep a few safety measures in mind.

  • Sheriff's Office issues warning on scams

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is warning people to beware of a scam involving fake checks that appear to come from Publisher’s Clearing House. According to Major Ricky Gardner, these checks are coming to Bedford County. The office recently received a call from a county resident, who was the subject of this scam.

  • Lodge will stay open

    An 11th hour deal will keep the Peaks of Otter Lodge—operated by Virginia Peaks of Otter Company under a contract with the National Park Service—open.

  • Group of volunteers work on trail at Abbott Lake

        The Blue Ridge Parkway is getting a handicapped-accessible trail around Abbott Lake with a little help from its friends.

        The friends are the Roanoke Valley and Peaks of Otter Chapter of Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
        “We’re a non-profit organization that provides volunteers for the Parkway,” said Regina Desper,  chairman of the Roanoke Valley Chapter.

  • Facility will be unique in U.S.

        A Tobacco Commission grant plus a software donation by AREVA will make it possible to build a digital control room mock-up in Bedford County. The mock-up will be at the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research (CAER) in New London.
        According to Bob Bailey, CAER’s director, the facility was designed with space that could be configured for a variety of reactor types.

  • Legislators get ready for another tough session

        Delegate Lacey Putney expects another tough General Assembly session when legislators convene in Richmond next month.

        This will be a long session, in which the state legislature develops the Commonwealth’s biennial budget. Putney chairs the House of Delegates Appropriations Committee, which plays one of the principal roles in developing that budget.

  • Putney named VGEA Legislator of the Year

    The Virginia Governmental Employees Association (VGEA) named  Virginia House of Delegates Member Lacey E. Putney Legislator of the Year.

        This is a rare award. According to Glenn Pond, who works as a lobbyist for the organization, this award has only been given three times in the last 20 years. Putney has received it twice, the previous time in  2000.
        “We only give it to special people at special times,” Pond said.

  • Expect changing road conditions Saturday evening and overnight as winter weather continues

        With winter weather continuing into the evening, overnight and into Sunday, snow plow operators with the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Salem District will continue work to plow and treat roads around-the-clock.

  • 'Cujo' continues ascent

    A boxing title has come to Bedford County.

  • Forest lads take River in rematch

    They say that timing is everything.