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  • 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.

  • Legion, police honor Bedford Boys

        The Bedford Police Department, with help from Bedford’s American Legion post, has decorated a police cruiser to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

        The hood of the car is covered by a wrap which shows scenes from D-Day surrounding scenes from the National D-Day Memorial.
        “We wanted to do something to commemorate the Bedford Boys,” commented Bedford Police Chief James Day.

  • Lynch Manley honored for his work with Lifesaving Crew

    Lynch Manley’s nearly half century of service to the Bedford Lifesaving Crew was honored at the crew hall last week when Congressman Robert Hurt presented a flag, flown over the Capitol, to Manley’s wife, Julie.

        Manley, who died in March, was still running calls in 2013 at the age of 80, driving the ambulance.

  • Fox News visits D-Day Memorial

        A Fox News crew showed up at the National D-Day Memorial to shoot video that will be used in a D-Day documentary, slated to air on Fox News Sunday at 10 p.m. and again at 1 a.m.

  • Moose plan fireworks

        Last year, when Bedford gave up sponsoring a fireworks show, Bedford’s Moose Lodge stepped in. This year the group would like to expand the fireworks to 25 minutes, according to Andy Dooley, chairman of the Moose’s fireworks committee.
        They are going to need some help. Dooley said, at a meeting last week, that they have $1,400 in sponsor money, so far. They will need an additional $4,000.
        The fireworks display is scheduled for Saturday, July 5, beginning around 9:30 p.m.