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Local News

  • 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.

  • Businesses get ready for 70th anniversary of D-Day

        Bedford Main Street, as part of the D-Day 70th anniversary, has a campaign called “Bedford Remembers.”

        According to Bill Mosley, Main Street is encouraging Centertown business and building owners to set up displays to recognize the soldiers of D-Day “and in particular, the Bedford Boys,” Mosley said. It’s part of the same effort as the World War II era propaganda posters that a number of buildings are already displaying.

  • Posters help set the tone for 70th anniversary events

        The 70th anniversary of D-Day will be observed in Bedford with activities June 6-8, and the National D-Day Memorial Foundation is seeking to get the town ready in expectation of visitors from all over the world.

  • CASA advocate manager leaving post

    After 11 years on the CASA staff in Bedford, Angela Mayfield is leaving.

        CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. These are trained volunteers who the Juvenile and Domestic Relations court can appoint, in cases that involve children, to investigate and advocate for the children’s interests. Mayfield served as the advocate manager for the Bedford area.
        Mayfield’s first experience with CASA was as a volunteer in 2001.

  • Y strives to help create a healthy community

        From the young to the elderly, the Bedford Area Family YMCA is helping area residents embrace healthier lifestyles. The hidden secret is the local Y is much, much more than a gymnasium—in who it touches, in what it offers to the community—it’s a cause.

        And May 14, the Y kicks off its campaign to raise funds so it can provide services to those who otherwise couldn’t afford them.
        
    The Y—So Much More

  • 4-H camp taking registrations

        Beth Hawse, youth development agent at Bedford’s Virginia Tech extension office, grew up with  4-H camp.

        She went for the first time in the summer after she finished fourth grade, the first year she could go, and went “every single year.” She went as a camper. Later, as a teen, went as counselor in training and, after that, as a teen counselor. After graduating from college, with a bachelor of science in biology, she went as an adult volunteer. She said it was a very meaningful experience.

  • There were smiles, cheers and fantastic finishes for athletes at Liberty's SO event

        “I am ecstatic!”

  • D-Day Memorial seating gets a facelift

    Workers from F & S Building Innovations spent Monday installing new surfaces, donated by Trex, a company located in Harrisonburg, to the benches that surround the plaza at the National D-Day Memorial.

        The Trex material looks like stained wooden planks. The workers saw it and use construction screws to secure the planks in place, but it’s not wood. It’s made of recycled plastic bottles. According to Martin Leamy, the D-Day Memorial’s site manager, it’s more weather resistant than pressure treated wood.

  • Restoration fundraiser slated for May 10

    Friends of Big Otter Mill and the 24th Masonic District are teaming up for a fundraiser at Big Otter Mill on Saturday, May 10.

        All profits from the fundraiser, a BBQ dinner, will go to the mill restoration project and Masonic District charitable projects. The mill will be open for tours during the fundraiser, which takes place from 3-7 p.m.
        “We are trying to get it restored,” said Tom Richardson, a member of the mill’s board of directors.