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  • 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.

  • Vote to delay school closing fails

    A request to delay a decision on closing either Moneta Elementary School or Body Camp Elementary school failed on two separate votes Thursday night during a meeting of the Bedford County School Board.

  • Schools reap rewards of promoting positive behavior

    A new initiative to promote positive behavior in Bedford County Public Schools is showing impressive results. And people are noticing.

    Recently, Bedford Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Robert Louis Harrison Jr. gave out awards to school administrators, praising them for their work through the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. The goal of the program—in partnership with students, families and the school community—is to “create a safe, supportive and successful learning environment.”

  • Public hearing scheduled on potential school closing

    The Bedford County School Board will be conducting a public hearing on potential closing/consolidation of elementary schools in the Staunton River Zone and the resulting redistricting of students.

    The hearing will take place on Monday, June 2, 7 p.m. in the Staunton River High School auditorium. Anyone who wants to speak at this hearing should contact Sherry Ratliff, School Board Clerk, at 540-586-1045 x-257. Those wishing to speak may also sign up to speak on the evening of June 2 when arriving at the hearing.

  • 500th ballistic vest delivered

        Representatives from Virginia law enforcement agencies received a total of 42 ballistic vests from the Safe Surfin’ Foundation a week ago. The vests given to the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office included the 500th ballistic vest donated.

        The vests come in two forms. One is designed to wear under an officer’s shirt. The other is designed to wear over it. The ballistic material is removable and can be transferred from one type to the other.