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Today's News

  • Honoring the Bedford Boys

    Across a vast ocean, 11 boys from Bedford, Virginia are buried overlooking the windswept beaches of Normandy.  Bedford lost 19 during the D-Day liberation…the greatest proportional loss suffered by a single town on that day.  In words inscribed on the wall of a chapel that lies amidst the rows of crosses we are given the following charge: “Think not only upon their passing.  Remember the glory of their spirit.”

  • Obama’s historic appeal to the Muslim world

        Last week, President Barack Obama was in Cairo, Egypt to give a speech that his administration billed as an appeal to a new beginning between the United States and the Muslim world. It did not disappoint.

  • Keeping their story alive

        I got to spend the end of last week in the company of heroes.

        On Thursday and Friday, I attended the Overlord Echoes conference, hosted by Liberty University and the National D-Day Memorial Foundation. Along with the historians, several World War II veterans spoke. There were soldiers, including a silver star recipient, a P-51 pilot and an airborne soldier who arrived in Normandy on D-Day via a glider.

  • Perfect attendance: JF student doesn't miss a day

         As a student at Forest Elementary School, Kelsey Shelton found out early on it paid to go to class, receiving certificates and awards for perfect attendance.

        So she set as one of her goals in life to not miss a day of school. This week, that goal became reality.

  • Recalling Overlord

    Jenny Creasy and Carolyn Rogers of Roanoke looked intently at the map. They were searching for the spot where their uncle, Joseph Comer Sr., had been dropped during the Normandy invasion that began June 6,1944.

        Comer had been a member of the 82nd Airborne at D-Day. He, along with his nieces and son, attended Saturday’s 65th anniversary commemoration at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford.

  • Sharing their stories

    Their numbers are thinning.

        Dr. William McIntosh, director of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, notes that thousands of D-Day veterans showed up for the D-Day Memorial’s dedication in 2001. Hundreds showed up for the 60th anniversary of the largest amphibious assault in history. There numbers were smaller at Saturday’s 65th anniversary, but a number still made it and had stories to tell. Building bridges under fire

  • Students learn SOLs while finding cache

    Owen Hughes and Addison Craft look intently at their GPS receiver. “Fifteen feet,” the device indicates. The two Forest Elementary fifth graders know they are close. They search in the bushes. Then the grass. They look behind the sign. There it is — they’ve found some geocache.

        They pull out a sticker, find where they are on the map and place it on that spot. Then, in an instant, they’re off again, looking for the next hidden “treasure.”

  • Conference provides chance for veterans to share stories

    Saturday’s ceremony at the National D-Day Memorial was preceded by a two day conference, called Overlord Echoes, held at Liberty University. Like Saturday’s ceremony, D-Day veterans were present.

       

    Don’t forget the

    Coast Guard

        Jack Read has heard all the jokes about his branch of service — Knee Deep Navy, Shallow Water Sailors. A vigorous 87-year-old, Read wants the United States Coast Guard to have the respect he feels it deserves.

  • Riddle on the Harp

        You may have seen and heard Riddle on the Harp perform at various local venues.

        The all female group, all of them Bedford County residents, first got together around the turn of the century. It started when Patti Black’s husband gave her a gift.

        “My husband surprised me with a hammer dulcimer and kind of created a monster,” commented Patti Black, a former attorney.

  • Liberty University shows its true colors

    Anyone familiar with the political mindset at Lynchburg’s Liberty University should not be surprised that the little college has banned its Democratic party student chapter. The real shock is that it ever allowed one in the first place.

        The very existence of the humble and courageous chapter, a handful of proud Democrats in a lion’s den of right-wing religious fanatics, is due to the high popularity of President Barack Obama among young people.