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  • Bedford, Franklin Heritage Trail set to launch July 23

        A joint county heritage trail project featuring historic landmarks and properties around Bedford and Franklin counties will debut with a special inaugural tour to be held Saturday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

  • Don’t worry: It’s only a training exercise

        If you see a lot of police around Bedford Elementary School or the Army Reserve Center this Saturday, don’t be alarmed – it’s only a training exercise.
        This Saturday local law enforcement agencies will be conducting training on dealing with an active shooter. Though the training closely follows the recent shooting in Dallas, Texas, it actually has been in the planning for months, according to Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown. “This is not a reaction to (what happened) in Dallas,” he said.

  • Group from Russian Y visit Bedford

        The Bedford Area YMCA hosted guests from the YMCA in Novosibirsk, Russia, last week.    

  • AWARE turns focus on Walker case

        Family and friends of James Davis “Slim” Walker, with the help of the AWARE Foundation, attempted Saturday to raise awareness of their continued desire to find out what happened to Walker 16 years ago.

        The event was held at the Bedford Food Lion, the last place Walker was seen alive on April 7, 2000.

  • Engineer who designed dam gets warm reception at SML

        Smith Mountain Lake reached full pond for the first time 50 years ago and the Lake community has been celebrating the Lake’s 50th anniversary all year.

  • Teacher puts on fundraiser that helps student see

        Some special glasses, which look like something out of Star Trek, are making it possible for Chris Ward to see.

        Ward, who was a 5th grader at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School last year, was born blind. The optic nerves that are supposed to connect his eyes to his brain did not fully develop. He has very limited vision in one eye and none in the other. Without the glasses he can only see something by holding it less than an inch from the eye.

  • They want to move a chapel

        The Rev. Jeffrey Clemens, pastor of Peaks Presbyterian Church and a former Army chaplain, has a huge project in mind. He wants to move the Gray Ladies Chapel from the grounds of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center to a site on the National D-Day Memorial property.

  • Hunter new director at Sedalia Center

        Heidi Hunter cares about education.

        The former teacher and principal is now executive director at the Sedalia Center. She started the first of this year and wants to help the Center embrace the original vision of its founders, Doc and Annis McCabe, which had a strong focus on education.
        “I absolutely love the setting. It is gorgeous,” said Hunter of the Sedalia Center, which sits on 17 acres in the midst of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Big Island area of Bedford County.

  • Teens team up to help community

        A group of Bedford teens have organized themselves into a group that they call Boys with a Dream. The all-male group plans to come together to help the community.

        Boys with a Dream has only been in existence for a month, but they are already getting attention. Late Friday afternoon, Police Chief Todd Foreman came to a fundraiser the group held at Edmund Street Park and asked them to provide some muscle to help with downtown buildings. The  teens agreed.

  • Fourth of July events

        There will be plenty of opportunities to see fireworks and enjoy Fourth of July events throughout the area this upcoming week.

    Bedford fireworks
        The Independence Day Fireworks in Bedford will be held on Sunday, July 3, beginning at dusk. Parking will be available at Liberty Lake Park. Handicap Parking is offered at the Bedford Visitor’s Center.