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  • Wildland fire training offered

        The Virginia Department of Forestry celebrates its centennial this year, as well as its 30th anniversary in Bedford County, according to Jeremey Falkenau, the department’s area forester here. As part of the observance, Falkenau would like to invite people to the Bedford Wildland Fire Crew’s next team meeting, to be held on Wednesday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department, located at 315 Bedford Avenue.

        “We’re trying to grow our members for the fire crew here,” Falkenau said.

  • Welcome Center administrative manager, Lynn Scott, retires

        Lynn Scott, who has served as the Welcome Center’s administrative manager as long as the Welcome Center has existed has retired.

        A Bedford native, Scott moved away and, after 28 years, returned to Bedford in 1999. She initially worked for Sue Montgomery, then the county’s director of economic development, before going to work for what was then the joint city/county tourism department.

  • Promoting tourism

        Sergei Troubetzkoy isn’t leaving town for a new job because he’s unhappy with Bedford County.

        Instead, it’s strictly a practical decision for a man who will be retiring in a few years.
        Troubetzkoy has taken a job as Lynchburg’s first director of tourism and last Friday was his final day as Bedford County’s director of tourism. “Friday the 13th,” he noted. 

  • Old Fashioned Homecoming

        Gross’ Orchard will hold an “Old Fashioned Homecoming Day,” June 28, as the inaugural event for the new Apple Valley Community Center.

        The Community Center is the Former Laurel Grove Presbyterian Church located directly across Va. 640 (Wheats Valley Road) from the orchard’s sales center.    
        “I hesitated buying it, but nobody wanted it for a church,” commented Walter Gross, who along with his son, Ronnie, operates the orchard.

  • D-Day dinner Chance to recognize veterans for their service

        Bernard Marie has observed the anniversary of D-Day with a dinner for D-Day veterans, with the public invited, for years.

        Friday was the 30th dinner, and it will be the last.
        Marie was 5 years old — he had just turned five the day before — and living in one of the French towns facing Omaha Beach when American troops landed. One of his memories of that time is an American soldier giving him a chocolate bar.

  • 70th Anniversary

        By all accounts, this will be the last time D-Day veterans gather in such numbers as a group to commemorate the Normandy landing of June 6, 1944.

        It was an event to remember; it was an event urging us to never forget.

  • WWII vets share their experiences

        The 70th anniversary of D-Day brought a number of World War II veterans to the National D-Day Memorial. Here are some of their stories.

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        Kenneth Smith was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division and crash-landed in a glider near Sainte-Mère-Église. He was knocked out and when he came to, he was alone in the dark with two dead bodies, the captain and the sergeant. He was 19 at the time.

  • Body Camp Elementary to close after one more year

    They'll do their best to make it a year to remember.

    Those were the first thoughts from staff and parents of students from Body Camp Elementary who will have one more year at the school before it closes.

  • Events planned this week for 70th anniversary of D-Day

        Bedford’s focus will once again turn to that fateful day, 70 years ago, when Operation Overlord commenced and the men of Co. A, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division joined thousands of others as they stormed the beaches of Normandy.
        It was June 6, 1944, and the words of General Dwight D. Eisenhower echoed through the heart of a nation; the heart of the men who would be carrying out the mission:

  • JF's Katie Cousins named Gatorade National Player of the Year

        Bedford County lays claim to being the best in several areas.

        The county seat proclaims itself to be “The World’s Best Little Town.” 
        Many feel the Peaks of Otter are the most scenic mountains in Virginia.
        Olde Liberty Station has one of the best cheesecakes you’ll ever sample.
        Add to that list:  The best high school girls soccer player in the nation.