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Today's News

  • Forest Fire Department plans to build fire house

    The Forest Volunteer Fire Department plans to build a new fire house on county-owned property near the intersection of Va. 122 and Va. 811, near the Forest Library.

    According to Monty Coleman, the Forest fire chief, the current firehouse is 50 years old and only has three bays for firetrucks. Forest has grown significantly in the past half-century and the fire department has grown to meet the increased need for fire protection. The department now has six trucks shoe-horned into this space.

  • Project serves dual purpose

    A project carried out by Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC) students at the end of last year served two purposes.

    A low concrete wall in front of Washington Street Baptist Church, between the sidewalk and the church building, had deteriorated. The BSTC students replaced it, building the new wall out of split-face concrete masonry units, that emulate stone. The church provided the material, which they got at a discount from Masonry Mart. The students, all in their second year of the school's masonry program, provided the skilled labor.

  • Local singer appears on Apple Idol

    Terry Day is living his dream.

    This week Day appeared with five other contestants vying for Apple Ford's Apple Idol title. The show is part of WSET-TV's "Living in the Heart of Virginia" program, aired daily at 12:30 p.m. on local channel 13.

    For Day, singing on television is a dream-come-true.

  • Play is living history

    Robert Carson has a deep interest in theater. In addition to acting, he's written plays for his church, Antioch Baptist.

    This year, he's writing a play called "Journey" for another church. The church wanted to do something different for Black History Month and Carson wrote a play in which a 100-year-old man takes the audience on a journey through the civil rights movement. It's history presented in dramatic format.

  • Steptoe portrait returns to Courthouse

    Some dream of exotic vacations; others dream of meeting the queen.

    For many years local appraiser, Elizabeth Gladwell dreamed of Jemmie Steptoe. For those unfamiliar with Bedford County's earlier years, James Steptoe (nicknamed Jemmie) was the first Clerk of Bedford County Circuit Court. This was a position he held from 1772 through 1826.

  • Man in U.S. illegally, convicted of sexual battery

    BEDFORD, Va. — An El Salvador man, living in the United States illegally, was convicted Tuesday of aggravated sexual battery against an 8-year-old girl for an incident that occurred at the Goodwill Store on Forest Road in Bedford County.

  • Artists display work at the Electric Company

    "This is a big milestone for all of us," commented Pattie Siehien as she cut a ribbon the building that served as the Bedford Electric Department's home for a century.

    The Depot Street building is now home to two dog related business, Paw Wash and Pawcasso. It also houses the Artisan Cafe, open for lunch, and 13 crazy artists. Actually, they aren't crazy. When Siehien held her grand opening this month, she billed the event as "Meet the Crazy Artists" and some of them were on hand to talk to the public. They all live in the Bedford area.

  • Commentary - Super Bowl party characters

    In my XLVII years on this planet, I've been invited to (and asked to leave) many Super Bowl parties. I feel I've developed a sense of what kind of people you might encounter at such fests. Therefore, if you're hosting a Super Bowl party, you might want to keep these guidelines in mind when crafting your invitation list.

    The fan: Only interested in the game. Wants to make conversation during the commercials and halftime show.

    The anti-fan. Only interested in the commercials and halftime show. Wants to make conversation during the game.

  • Crunch time for gals

    All three county teams enter this week with a lot on the line: Staunton River aims at unseating Brookville; Forest looks to snag the final home seed from Rustburg; and Liberty wants to avoid finishing in the basement by keeping Amherst there.

    All three squads are on the road. Staunton River faces the Bees for the third time, having lost in the Byrd Invitational and at home in the regular season. While Brittany Campbell has been a thorn in the Eagle side, it has been Joyous Tharrington that has provided the stake in the heart in those two losses. Neutralizing her will be key.

  • Minutemen run with big dogs

    Liberty leveraged its size, agility and quickness in completing a regular season sweep over Staunton River. This time, the visiting Minutemen won 71-48.

    The Minutemen are only a victory over Forest away from taking the informal county crown.

    Golden Eagle senior Mike Lynch put on a fine shooting display, nailing six three-pointers in leading all scorers with 18 points. Liberty's Martrey Stevens nearly matched Lynch as he hit three treys in picking up 17 points.