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  • Remembering the Charleston shooting

        An estimated 160 people turned out for a rally in Bedford’s Centertown Park to honor the nine people murdered at a Wednesday evening Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

        Bedford’s rally, organized by the Bedford Chapter of the NAACP,  also took place on a Wednesday night, exactly one week after the murders.

  • Bower Center begins makeover

        Dr. John Bower, whose donation made the Bower Center for the Performing Arts possible, came to Bedford, Friday, for a groundbreaking ceremony that kicks off a major renovation for the building.

         The renovation project will build a new front to the building and add an elevator, improving handicapped access and new restrooms.
        Fred Duis, president of the    Wharton   Foundation, opened the ceremony.

  • 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.