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  • Two decades of service

    Carol Duus and Annette Jackson have been volunteering at the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office for more than two decades. Last Thursday they were recognized for that service at a luncheon held at Olde Liberty Station.

  • A visit from Patton

        General George Patton was not at D-Day, George Patton Waters, his grandson noted, when he spoke to a group from the 315th Infantry Regiment 70th Anniversary Reunion at the National D-Day Memorial, Friday.

        However, what’s important is who else wasn’t at D-Day. Thanks to Gen. Patton, five German divisions were in Calais, not Normandy, on D-Day.

  • LHS to have homecoming parard

        The first ever Liberty High School Homecoming parade will take place Friday, Sept. 22, in Centertown Bedford, and the public is invited to attend.

        Why a parade?
        Cars and floats are no longer permitted to circle the football field due to the new track surface at Liberty. As Student Council President Foster Garrett stated, “The whole SCA is very excited to start this new tradition of the Homecoming parade, and we hope the community is as excited as we are.”

  • A final goodbye

        A gathering of local and state dignitaries, along with local people who had known him for decades, gathered at Bedford Baptist Church Friday afternoon, to say a last goodbye to former Delegate Lacey Putney.

  • Tour helps young adults consider law enforcement

        Ten young adults came with the Old Dominion Job Corps Center to visit the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office last week. The purpose was to present law enforcement to them as a possible career.

        Captain Tim Hayden and Captain Mike Miller spoke to the group. Miller is in charge of the operations division and Hayden heads up the community division. Both men have been with the Sheriff’s Office for 32 years.

  • A visit from Ivybridge

    Ray Wilson, the former mayor of Ivybridge, stopped by the National D-Day Memorial, Friday.

         Ivybridge is a small town in Southern England that was frequented by the Bedford Boys during the two years they spent training in England prior to D-Day. The town gets its name from an ivy-covered 13th century bridge in the town.
        Friday morning was cool and wet and it was suggested that D-Day Memorial staff — they denied it — had arranged the weather to make Wilson feel at home.

  • Friends of Mill to build pavilion

        The Friends of Big Otter Mill broke ground on a new permanent pavilion at the Big Otter Mill site on Thursday, August 24.

        Big Otter Mill Board of Directors members Stan Bennett, Sheldon Cash, Nicole Johnson, Kristy Milton and Tom Richardson participated in the ground-breaking ceremony.

  • Bedford's Confederate memorials

    Bedford, like many Southern towns, has a Confederate memorial. Actually, the town has two. The best known is a granite obelisk that stands in front of the courthouse.

  • Bedford Get Together to be held Oct. 14

        Bedford Get Together, a community event to be held on October 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Edmund Street Park in Bedford, will be a celebration of the community’s shared values. 

  • The Gentleman from Bedford

        After a lifetime of service to Bedford County, former Delegate Lacey Edward Putney has permanently left the county. He died Saturday morning, Aug. 26, at the age of 89.

        Putney was a Big Island native, growing up in a family with tight finances.
        “We were a poor family, but everybody else was, so you didn’t think of yourself as poor,” commented his brother, Macon Putney.