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  • Recalling Overlord

    Jenny Creasy and Carolyn Rogers of Roanoke looked intently at the map. They were searching for the spot where their uncle, Joseph Comer Sr., had been dropped during the Normandy invasion that began June 6,1944.

        Comer had been a member of the 82nd Airborne at D-Day. He, along with his nieces and son, attended Saturday’s 65th anniversary commemoration at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford.

  • Sharing their stories

    Their numbers are thinning.

        Dr. William McIntosh, director of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, notes that thousands of D-Day veterans showed up for the D-Day Memorial’s dedication in 2001. Hundreds showed up for the 60th anniversary of the largest amphibious assault in history. There numbers were smaller at Saturday’s 65th anniversary, but a number still made it and had stories to tell. Building bridges under fire

  • Students learn SOLs while finding cache

    Owen Hughes and Addison Craft look intently at their GPS receiver. “Fifteen feet,” the device indicates. The two Forest Elementary fifth graders know they are close. They search in the bushes. Then the grass. They look behind the sign. There it is — they’ve found some geocache.

        They pull out a sticker, find where they are on the map and place it on that spot. Then, in an instant, they’re off again, looking for the next hidden “treasure.”

  • Conference provides chance for veterans to share stories

    Saturday’s ceremony at the National D-Day Memorial was preceded by a two day conference, called Overlord Echoes, held at Liberty University. Like Saturday’s ceremony, D-Day veterans were present.


    Don’t forget the

    Coast Guard

        Jack Read has heard all the jokes about his branch of service — Knee Deep Navy, Shallow Water Sailors. A vigorous 87-year-old, Read wants the United States Coast Guard to have the respect he feels it deserves.

  • Council urged not to cut SRO program

    Students participating at Bedford Elementary School’s Gang Resistance Education And Training Program just recently had a graduation ceremony at the school. School Resource Officer Robert Monk received an emotional display of thanks for his work there. But the future of that program at the school is hanging in the balance as Bedford City Council considers the 2009-2010 budget and the cuts that will have to be made to balance it.

  • Perriello seeks help for veterans

        Congressman Tom Perriello stopped by Bedford last week to speak at a town hall meeting sponsored by the Bedford City and County Voters League. The meeting was held at Washington Street Baptist Church.

        Perriello called for greater efforts to help veterans returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said that there is currently an 11 percent unemployment rate among these veterans.

  • Breaking: Perriello introduces bill to save National D-Day Memorial

    Breaking: Perriello introduces bill to save National D-Day Memorial

  • Elementary, middle school Teachers of the Year honored

    A delegation from the school division’s central office made its rounds, Friday, with a surprise for three teachers.

        Each year Bedford County Public Schools chooses three teachers, elementary, middle school and high school as Teacher of the Year for the school year that is just about to end. One of them is also designated the county-wide Teacher of the Year. Candidates for this honor are nominated by their colleagues and the nominations are reviewed by a panel of teachers. The winners are surprised in person the morning after the decision is made.

  • Supervisors vote to hire additional paid rescue staff

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted last week to hire additional paid staff to supplement volunteer rescue squad coverage.

        The county already has paid staff to supplement the volunteer rescue squads from 4 a.m. until 6 p.m. The additional staff extends this to 24-hour coverage.

        “It’s a bare minimum,” said Jack Jones, the county’s director of emergency services.

  • Teacher of the Year

    As a student, Jami Key had several extraordinary teachers who impacted her life. Now she’s returning the favor to students in Bedford County and this past week was recognized for those efforts by being named as the school system’s Teacher of the Year.

        Key, a science and biology teacher at Liberty High School, has spent all of her teaching career — 23 years — at LHS. “It is quite an honor,” she said of being named Bedford County Teacher of the Year. “”We have lots of other deserving teachers.”