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Today's News

  • Chamber hosts Goodlatte at luncheon

        Congressman Bob Goodlatte was honored at a lunch hosted by the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce at the Welcome Center on Monday, for a pro-business voting record.

  • As close as it gets

     

    It was the best of times.

    It was the worst of times.

    -A Tale of Two Cities

     

    The Jefferson Forest girls' soccer team had a Dickensian day at the State 4A championship game on Saturday.

    "It was a tale of two halves," said JF Head Coach Stan Golon.

    Indeed, those two chapters cancelled out one another, driving the need for an oversized epilogue.

  • Forest opens strong in post-season

     

     

    Ready or not, playoff action got underway with games on Monday.

    Two days after seniors from Bedford County High Schools marched across the stage at the Vines Center to receive their diplomas, some of their teams marched into the post-season fray.

    It was a mixed bag for the locals. 

    Jefferson Forest showed an affinity for Monday.  In four games, all played on Cav fields, the school posted a perfect 4-0 mark, doing so with uneven levels of ease.

  • Supervisors ready to help pay for sewer line extension

        Bedford County’s supervisors may have decided last week to help fund an extension of sewer lines in Moneta.
        This would solve Moneta Elementary School’s failing septic system problem, although the proposal that District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington brought up at the very end of last week’s meeting, just a little before midnight, would treat it as an economic development measure and funnel the funds though the Economic Development Authority (EDA) instead of transferring the money to the school board.    

  • School budget OK'd

        There will be fewer teachers, larger class sizes and lower take-home pay.
        Maintenance will go unfunded, math specialists won’t be hired and the ninth grade class won’t be carrying their textbooks to school in a tablet.
        The 2014-2015 budget for Bedford County Public Schools is now adopted and it’s far less than what the school board had hoped to be able to spend.

  • Old Fashioned Homecoming

        Gross’ Orchard will hold an “Old Fashioned Homecoming Day,” June 28, as the inaugural event for the new Apple Valley Community Center.

        The Community Center is the Former Laurel Grove Presbyterian Church located directly across Va. 640 (Wheats Valley Road) from the orchard’s sales center.    
        “I hesitated buying it, but nobody wanted it for a church,” commented Walter Gross, who along with his son, Ronnie, operates the orchard.

  • Welcome Center administrative manager, Lynn Scott, retires

        Lynn Scott, who has served as the Welcome Center’s administrative manager as long as the Welcome Center has existed has retired.

        A Bedford native, Scott moved away and, after 28 years, returned to Bedford in 1999. She initially worked for Sue Montgomery, then the county’s director of economic development, before going to work for what was then the joint city/county tourism department.

  • Wildland fire training offered

        The Virginia Department of Forestry celebrates its centennial this year, as well as its 30th anniversary in Bedford County, according to Jeremey Falkenau, the department’s area forester here. As part of the observance, Falkenau would like to invite people to the Bedford Wildland Fire Crew’s next team meeting, to be held on Wednesday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department, located at 315 Bedford Avenue.

        “We’re trying to grow our members for the fire crew here,” Falkenau said.

  • 70th Anniversary

        By all accounts, this will be the last time D-Day veterans gather in such numbers as a group to commemorate the Normandy landing of June 6, 1944.

        It was an event to remember; it was an event urging us to never forget.

  • WWII vets share their experiences

        The 70th anniversary of D-Day brought a number of World War II veterans to the National D-Day Memorial. Here are some of their stories.

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        Kenneth Smith was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division and crash-landed in a glider near Sainte-Mère-Église. He was knocked out and when he came to, he was alone in the dark with two dead bodies, the captain and the sergeant. He was 19 at the time.