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  • 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.

  • Putney honored by Lynchburg College

        Former Delegate Lacey Putney grew up in a family of five boys.

        He was the only one of the five who did not go to Lynchburg College. He went to Washington and Lee. This decision came about because Washington and Lee offered him a baseball scholarship, as a pitcher. This made a big difference for him; his family still had an  outhouse when he graduated from M.E. Marcuse High School in Big Island.

  • Delegates honor Rucker Tibbs

    Delegate Terry Austin came to Bedford County, Thursday, to visit Rucker Tibbs at the New London Airport. He had, in hand, a resolution from the House of Delegates honoring Tibbs for his contributions to aviation over half a century.

  • D-Day plus 71 years; Memorial gets ready

        D-Day Plus 71 Year: The National D-Day Memorial Foundation will commemorate the 71st anniversary of D-Day with a full day of activities including special music, wreath layings, a veteran’s reunion tent, living history, and a twilight remembrance in the evening. 

  • Fireworks set for July 3 in Bedford

        The Bedford Moose lodge is finalizing plans for the Fourth of July fireworks display the lodge is sponsoring.
        According to Andy Dooley, the chairman of the lodge’s fireworks committee, the fireworks will be shot off from the National D-Day Memorial on July 3. Parking will be available at Liberty Lake Park — Dooley said that facility has lots of parking available, the Bedford Welcome Center, for handicapped parking only, and the Army Reserve Center in the Harmony project.

  • Health Foundation gift buys new lifesaving technology

        A $13,000 gift from the Bedford Community Health Foundation is paying for a Lucas2 Chest Compression System. This is a portable machine that preforms CPR. According to Janet Blankenship, the machine delivers the correct pressure at the correct timing.

        “It doesn’t get tired,” she commented.

  • Main Street hits ‘the ground running’

        Bedford Main Street, Inc. is in the midst of a lot of changes – and the new board wants area business owners and residents involved.
         Next week, on May 28 at 5:30 p.m. there will be a meeting at Avenel to discuss some of those changes.
        One of those is the opportunity to reboot Centertown’s 2nd Fridays; another is to better utilize Centerfest to feature the town’s business community.