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  • Bringing WWII to life

    While many Bedford area residents are familiar with Civil War reenactors, two Liberty High School seniors reenact soldiers from a more recent conflict.

    David Seamster and Josh Grimstead portray World War II soldiers from the 29th Division. Their age adds to their authenticity as they are close to the age of the men who actually fought in that conflict. Bob Slaughter, a Roanoke D-Day veteran who spearheaded the effort for the National D-Day Memorial, was 19 when he came ashore that June morning.

  • Sheriff's race fuels good voter turnout

    Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown was headed towards another four-year term in office as votes began to be recorded early Tuesday evening from the Nov. 6 election, and Del. Lacey Putney was on his way to an easy victory over Democratic challenger Lewis Medlin.

  • MRSA cleanup: $216,605

    The cost for hiring a professional cleaning company to sanitize several Bedford County schools after MRSA cases were discovered last month: $216,605.44.

    School officials said the cleaning had to be done to help deal with the community?s fears about MRSA, following the death of Staunton River High School senior Ashton Bonds, apparently of complications from acquiring Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus.

  • School board, supervisor race on ballot

    The only supervisors seat being contested the District 5 Seat. The incumbent is Andy Dooley.

    Dooley was appointed by the board of supervisors to fill that seat after the death of Bobby Pollard in January. Pollard was killed in a farming accident.

    Dooley is a former director of parks and recreation for the county. He retired in July, 2002 after serving with parks and rec in various capacities since 1973.

  • Medlin challenges Putney for House of Delegates seat

    Next Tuesday's elections should be interesting. Although most incumbents facing reelection have no opponent, some people have tossed their hats in the ring to give voters a choice.

    In House of Delegates' 19th District, Delegate Lacey Putney, an independent, is being challenged by Lewis Medlin, a Democrat.

    Putney has held the seat for 46 years and is the most senior delegate in that legislative body. He notes that this seniority is important.

    "It means more than you can describe in words," he said.

  • Brown, two challengers, vie for sheriff's office

    The Bedford County Sheriff's race has proven to be the hottest of the locally challenged races in the county this year.

    Bedford County Sheriff Michael J. Brown, who first took office in 1996, is being challenged by Darryl A. Updike and Charles D. Green for that constitutional office.

    Brown is running as a Republican and Updike and Green are running as independents.

    Sheriff Michael J. Brown

    Sheriff Mike Brown is seeking a fourth term in office as Bedford County Sheriff.

  • Forest native addresses NAACP

    The Bedford Branch of the NAACP featured a Forest native as the keynote speaker at its annual Freedom Fund Banquet, a fundraiser for scholarship money.

    Curtis J. Martin is an attorney at a law firm in Atlanta, Ga, but he grew up in Forest. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Church and graduated from Jefferson Forest High School.

  • Book selection process to be reviewed

    Two books recently pulled from the shelves of Bedford County schools have prompted the school system to set up a committee to look into how new books are reviewed before being added to the libraries.

    A review of the process will be given to the Bedford County School Board in December, along with any recommendations for changes.

    The committee includes library media specialists from every middle and high school as well as 11 representing the county's elementary schools.

  • Candlelight ceremony calls attention to domestic violence

    A candlelight ceremony was held in the square next to he courthouse entrance Monday to call attention to domestic violence.

    Kathleen Guzi, Bedford County's county administrator, spoke at the gathering.

  • Schools shut down to sanitize rooms, buses

    A Lynchburg-based company disinfected Staunton River High School (SRHS), Staunton River Middle School and Huddleston Elementary School last week.

    The work was done after SRHS students refused to enter the school after the death of Ashton Bonds. Bonds, according to his family, died as a result of a Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) infection.