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  • She did Bedford proud!

        BeeJay Alexander continues to do Bedford proud.
        At this year’s Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest held on Coney Island in New York City, Alexander, a local native who now resides in Virginia Beach, competed in the event for the second straight year, setting a personal best in the process.

  • Active shooter training

        Area law enforcement from a variety of local departments spent much of Saturday training in active shooter scenarios—one at Bedford Elementary School and the other at the Army Reserve Center.

        “It was great training,” stated Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.
        Planning for the training has been going on for months and the departments hold such events once every three years or so.

  • Cop Camp exposes police, their work to area youth

        At a time when law enforcement has been criticized for not being in touch with the citizens it serves, Bedford’s annual Cop Camp is showcasing police work and local officers to some of this area’s most influential residents—its youth.

        Last week’s heat and humidity drained the adults working at  Cop Camp, but it didn’t slow the children down at all. Police officers and sheriff’s deputies made sure the kids stayed hydrated and the children had a great time.

  • 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.