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  • Tackling the Appalachian Trail

    Frank Spoon decided to go on a hike -- 700 miles later he’s one third of the way to his destination.

        Spoon, the cousin of Walt Rivers of Bedford County, began hiking the Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain, Georgia, on April 12. Last Wednesday he hit Catawba Mountain near Salem and his cousin picked him up for a bit of a breather.
        But not for too long -- by Monday he was back on the trail, picking up right where he left off.

  • 72nd Anniversary

        June 6 is always a special day of remembrance at the National D-Day Memorial, but the observance of the 72nd Anniversary of the invasion will take on a new dimension of significance.

  • LU class helps keep plane in good shape

        Rucker Tibbs oversaw maintenance on the L-3 “Grasshopper” on display at the National D-Day Memorial.

        The L-3 is a two-seat observation plane, with a fabric skin and this type of plane was widely used on D-Day and throughout the World War II.
        Tibbs died last fall and now students from the Liberty University’s (LU) Aircraft Maintenance Technician School have picked up the work. One of the subjects taught in this school is washing and corrosion control.

  • Friends to the Blue Ridge Parkway

        Although funding is tight for the National Park Service, the Blue Ridge Parkway gets by with a little help from its friends.

        Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway is a non-profit organization that exists to help the Park Service maintain the Parkway. Their work helps maintain overlooks, trails, historic structures and graveyards on the Parkway property.

  • Pregnancy Center honors woman’s success

        Both the Bedford Pregnancy Center and one of its clients celebrated milestones last week.

  • LHS takes Memorial up on its offer

        Liberty High School (LHS) took the National D-Day Memorial up on its offer to waive educational fees for student group visits last week. Although Forest Middle School has routinely brought student groups to the Memorial, Martin Leamy, the Memorial’s site manager, said this is LHS’s first large group visit.

  • Company A deploys for active service

        This past Saturday, May 14, soldiers from Bedford’s Company A marched from the Armory to the National D-Day Memorial for their departure ceremony.

        More than 750 family members, friends and well wishers from the community gathered for the send off. Saturday was also the first day of Armed Forces Week.

  • Community garden opens

        First there was a short blast of rain. Then came the rainbow. Then it was time for the ribbon cutting.

        It made for a natural setting for the ceremony as a number of Bedford residents and local officials gathered to officially mark the opening of the Bedford Urban Garden (BUG) on Jackson Street.

  • Long honored with state award

        Senior Virginia State Trooper Brandon Long has received the Outstanding Safety Achievement Award.

        Long received the award in Richmond last week. According to First Sergeant Michael Bailey, this award recognizes state troopers for outstanding efforts to promote public safety. It identifies troopers who excel in this effort.

  • Boot Camp aims to help small businesses

        Union Bank and Trust representatives showed up at last week’s Business Boot Camp to present a check for $1,000 to help support the program. One of their own, Tammy Brown was teaching last week’s installment.

        Brown, who serves as Union’s business banking’s relationship manager and works out of the bank’s Forest office has taught several of these seminars. She said the goal is to provide small business owners with basic information.