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  • Legion’s national convention takes stand against Stalin bust

    The American Legion has joined a number of others, including the European Parliament, in issuing a resolution condemning the presence of a bust of Soviet Dictator Joseph Stalin at the National D-Day Memorial.

        This latest action came at the Legion’s annual national convention, held in Milwaukee last week. The American Legion represents 2.5 million veterans.

  • Area loses longtime community servant

  • 9/11 survivor to speak at prayer breakfast

        The Bedford area’s Sixth Annual Community Ecumenical 9-11 will feature a man who was there.

        Sergeant Major James O. Smith (U.S. Army, Retired), was still on active duty on Sept. 11, 2001.
        “I was attending a meeting in the Pentagon,” he said.
        SGM Smith is an Army combat medic and Army nurse. At the time he was assigned as chief medical NCO to the National Guard Bureau. The meeting room was to the left of where the hijacked airliner hit.

  • System will detect emergency vehicles approaching traffic lights

    Fire trucks, and eventually all emergency vehicles passing through the city of Bedford, should have a safer trip as the result of preemption devices that are currently being installed at the city’s intersections that have traffic lights.

  • Safety measures

    City of Bedford volunteer firefighters are safer because of the recent installation of an exhaust removal system at the department.

        A grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters fund provided the majority of the money needed to finance the installation of the $80,000 system. Locally, the fire department had to come up with 5 percent of the cost for the system; the federal government provided the other 95 percent.

  • They're back!


        It was a happy meeting.

  • Local guard unit returns from Iraq

    Approximately 300 soldiers from the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Brigade Combat Team returned to the United States Aug. 19 after serving in Iraq since March.

  • Bedford's police say 'Goodbye'

    The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office answered calls in Bedford Monday morning.

        This was so that the entire Bedford police department could attend Sergeant Boyd Lee Royer’s funeral held at Memorial Christian Church in Lynchburg. All but the police officers who worked the midnight shift were there. Chief Jim Day said that they had worked all night and needed to get some sleep because they would be back on again at midnight.

  • Opportunity provides Japanese teen chance to experience our culture

    Arisa Emoto, of Takarazuka, Japan, has been having a total cultural immersion experience this summer.

        The Japanese 13-year old has been staying with Mary DeWald’s family under an exchange program. Emoto speaks only a little English. Nobody in DeWald’s family speaks Japanese. That’s made it a swim or sink experience. Emoto is swimming.

  • High wind, lightning cause problems

    A collision between a cold front, rolling out of the north, and hot, humid air brought high wind and lightning to the Bedford area Thursday afternoon.

        “It was really hot and humid over the area,” said Marc Chenard, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Blacksburg office.
        The result of the collision between the air masses created storms that went high in the atmosphere. Chenard said that storms that go as high as Thursday’s storms create strong straightline winds at the surface.