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  • Stalin opponents speak to Council

        People who would like the bust of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin removed from the National D-Day Memorial spoke to Bedford City Council last week in a special appearance.

        Ann Soukhanov, a Bedford resident who noted that she was born and raised in Bedford, told council that the city had been generous in its support to the National D-Day Memorial Foundation over the years. She said that the Memorial could never have been built without the early support that Bedford gave it.

  • Black resigns from school board

        Thursday’s regular 7 p.m. meeting of the Bedford County School Board began with David Black’s resignation. Black has represented District 3 on the school board since 2002. The resignation was prompted by his employer’s corporate headquarters move to Charlotte, N.C.

        “I, as chief accounting officer, must follow if I want to be paid,” Black commented.

        Black’s resignation was effective immediately.

  • Chasing butterflies

        Pat Schuler, a Bedford resident, loves butterflies.

        Schuler, a recently retired registered nurse, developed this passion as a child growing up in Florida. Back then, she noted, nobody had computer games, let alone TVs. Children played outside and one of the activities they did was chase butterflies.

        “Everybody had a butterfly collection,” she said.

  • Majority agrees that Stalin sculpture a total bust

    About 100 people turned out for a forum last week to voice their opinion on the bust of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin that was placed at the National D-Day Memorial on June 1.

        The forum was held in the large third floor room at the Bedford Museum with Tony Ware, a former Bedford County supervisor, serving as moderator. The format called for Ware to call speakers alternating between those who favor the bust and those who oppose. That didn’t last long as the vast majority of those who turned out opposed the bust.

  • Area law enforcement steps up to help one of its own

    A Roanoke County police officer, with Bedford County roots, is facing a life-threatening challenge.

        Adam Childress grew up in the Bedford area and graduated from Liberty High School. His maternal grandparents, Warner and Joyce Scott, live in Bedford and his father, Doug Childress, lives in Forest. His younger brother, Ian Childress, will start a job at LHS this fall. He graduated from Liberty University this spring with a degree in sports management.

  • Man accused of accessing child porn at library

    For the second time this year, an arrest has been made in connection with a man allegedly viewing child pornography on the computers at a local library.

        On July 8, investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, ICAC Task Force, arrested Roosevelt Occenac, of 8 Bradley Lane, Roanoke, a 45-year-old man from Haiti, for attempting to possess child pornography at the Montvale Public Library.

  • Primitive camping site provides peaceful setting

    Camp Karma, a 42-acre primitive campground located off Stone Mountain Road, has been open for a little more than two months and is off to a good start, say owners Eric LaBorie and Lin Frisbee. The camp offers 27 primitive campsites intended primarily for tents, although there are a few that can accommodate a camper up to 25 feet long.

        Primitive means primitive. Each site has a fire ring for a campfire, a place to hang a lantern, a picnic table and a garbage can.

        “That’s it,” Frisbee commented.

  • Former Foundation board member concerned by Stalin bust

    More than three weeks ago former D-Day Memorial Foundation board member Peter Viemeister wrote current board members to encourage them to remove the controversial bust of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin from the Memorial grounds.

         Viemeister, a local historian and author, said     last  week  that  he had not received any response from the board, but felt he needed to take a public stand on the issue.

  • Reed brings love of history to new post

        Robin Reed has loved history since he was a boy traveling around the East Coast with his family visiting every historical site they could find. The fact that his chosen profession deals with telling the stories of history comes as no surprise.

        “To make it a profession is one of the great joys of my life,” states Reed, the newly selected president of the National D-Day Foundation. “I’m an avid living history historian.”

  • Bedford Christmas Station to hold raffle

        Like many organizations that help people going through tough times, the Bedford Christmas Station is facing the double challenge of a drop in donations and an increase in need.