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  • County man graduates from West Point

        The United States Military Academy, better known as West Point, is more than 200 years old.

         President Thomas Jefferson signed legislation establishing it in 1802. Since then a steady stream of young men have graduated from the academy to take their place as officers in the United States Army. Among the latest group — they graduated at the end of May — was Kevin Carlin, a Bedford County man.
        Carlin, after graduating, headed off to become an aviation officer.

  • Local Girl Scout chosen for White House campout

        Samantha Houck loves the outdoors.

        But even she couldn’t have imagined that her adventurous spirit would one day lead to camping out on the South Lawn of the White House.
        Houck, a rising junior at Jefferson Forest High School, was one of a select few of Girl Scouts from several states     given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by First Lady Michelle Obama to attend the first-ever campout at the White House held on Tuesday, June 30.

  • There will be horses and hounds

        The 11th Annual Horse and Hound Wine Festival takes place this Saturday at Johnson’s Orchard.

        “It’s always the second Saturday [in July],” noted Nancy Johnson.
        This means it’s usually hot, but there are large tents for shade and CINTAS, as usual, will be on hand with cold, wet towels to help people cool down. They also help dogs too. And there are lots of dogs—dogs of all kinds ranging from tiny Yorkies to an enormous Irish Wolf Hound.

  • Fireworks will fill the skies this weekend

        The skies will be filled with fireworks next Friday and Saturday nights in Bedford County and there will be plenty of other activities to enjoy in the area for the July 4 weekend.
        Fireworks displays will occur Friday night July 3 in both Bedford and Downtown Moneta and July 4 at Parkway Marina at Smith Mountain Lake.

  • Remembering the Charleston shooting

        An estimated 160 people turned out for a rally in Bedford’s Centertown Park to honor the nine people murdered at a Wednesday evening Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

        Bedford’s rally, organized by the Bedford Chapter of the NAACP,  also took place on a Wednesday night, exactly one week after the murders.

  • Bower Center begins makeover

        Dr. John Bower, whose donation made the Bower Center for the Performing Arts possible, came to Bedford, Friday, for a groundbreaking ceremony that kicks off a major renovation for the building.

         The renovation project will build a new front to the building and add an elevator, improving handicapped access and new restrooms.
        Fred Duis, president of the    Wharton   Foundation, opened the ceremony.

  • Christian Ministries offers client bags

        When new food pantry clients come to Bedford Christian Ministries for help, they are often short of a wide range of basic necessities.
        According to Houston Crum, Bedford Christian Ministries’ finance committee chairman, a lot of them are new to town, or setting up households for the first time, or are in some sort of crisis.

  • Coalition reaches out to community

        When he took over as chief at the Bedford Police Department, Todd Foreman stated getting law enforcement involved with the community was crucial.

  • J.D. Scott: He saw one last festival

        James Douglas Scott saw one more Strawberry Festival, and then he was gone. Better known as J. D. Scott, owner of Scott’s Strawberry Farm, he lost a long battle with cancer on May 31.
        Scott Baker, the county’s Virginia Tech extension agent, was one of the people who knew Scott well. Baker has been Bedford County’s extension agent since 1997.
        “He’s always been an individual who has utilized extension,” Baker said.

  • Bedford remembers D-Day

        The National D-Day Memorial marked the 71st anniversary of D-Day as 1,100 people gathered at the Memorial under a hot June sun.

        D-Day marked the beginning of the end of Hitler’s Nazi regime as the German Army was unable to stop the advance of allied troops after American, British and Canadian soldiers drove a wide hole in German coastal defenses on the Norman coast.