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  • Q & A with Tom Perriello

    Following Saturday’s Town Hall meeting in Bedford, Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello sat down with Bedford Bulletin Editor Tom Wilmoth to answer a few more questions. Here are his responses.

        Q: What do you say to the reports by some describing those who have been showing up at the Town Hall meetings nationwide as “an angry mob?”

  • Merchants band together to reorganize Main Street

        A group of Centertown merchants representing Bedford Main Street Inc. presented plans for the organization’s future to Bedford City Council last Tuesday, stating that “with the merchants organized and truly working together we can build Main Street into a sustaining program within a short time.”

  • County students will no longer attend alternative school

    Three Bedford County students scheduled to attend the R.E. Cook Regional Alternative School this year will be transferred to the Bridge School in Bedford, because of a planned relocation of that school.

  • Learning English by immersion

    Sou Yasuda, 13, of Toyama, Japan is having a great adventure this summer.

        Part of the adventure is that he’s spending four weeks in Bedford County living with an American family in the Thaxton area. The other part of the adventure is that Yasuda does not speak English and the DeWald family, the Americans hosting him, do not speak Japanese.

        Actually, Yasuda does know a little English, he’s been taking it in Japan. This summer he’s been learning by the immersion method, or in this case, the swim or sink method.

  • Superintendent continues work on transition

        Several Bedford County schools will have new principals this year as a result of a reorganization plan being implemented by new Bedford County Schools Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch.

        Dr. Schuch announced the changes, that include a number of transfers and reassignments, following last Thursday’s special called meeting of the Bedford County School Board.

        Among the changes:

  • Edible history

    Local children harvested produce and an education this year from the National D-Day Memorial victory garden.

        During World War II, Americans were encouraged to plant victory gardens at home. The goal of these gardens was to increase the food supply during the war.

  • Defense spending bill includes Federal study of D-Day Memorial proposal

    The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 approved by the Senate on an 87-7 vote Thursday includes language that directs the U.S. Department of the Interior to study the feasibility of adding the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford to the list of monuments and historic sites owned and operated by the U.S. National Park Service. 

        The provision was introduced by Senator Warner and co-sponsored by Senator Webb.  The two Virginia senators had introduced similar, stand-alone legislation June 8. 

  • Rape suspect sought

    The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a rape that occurred on Goodview Road on Monday July 20.

        The victim reported to investigators that she was walking down Goodview Road, between 11 p.m. and midnight Monday night, when she was offered a ride by an unknown white male. She reported that after getting in the car, the suspect drove her to a railroad service road on Goodview Road and forced her to have sex.

  • One small step

    Larry Stanecker couldn’t have chosen a better time to go to work for Grumman Aircraft Engineering.

        Stanecker, who now lives in Goode, took the job with Grumman in 1968 when the company was knee-deep in its efforts to build the lunar landing module, or LEM,  that would help man land for the first time on the moon. A year later that effort would pay off.

        This past week, as NASA celebrated the 40th anniversary of man setting foot on the moon, Stanecker looked back in amazement of that event.

  • Indonesians get southern hospitality

        A delegation of high school students and teachers from the world’s third largest democracy are spending some time in the world’s second largest democracy.