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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Board votes to close Body Camp Elementary in one year

        They’ll do their best to make it a year to remember.
        Those were the first thoughts from staff and parents of students from Body Camp Elementary who will have one more year at the school before it closes.

  • New feedlot setbacks passed by supervisors

        A joint public hearing between the Bedford County Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors packed the supervisors’ meeting chamber, Monday night.
        It wasn’t even standing room only. Every seat was taken, people lined three sides of the room while others stood in the hall because there was no room for them.

  • Budget adopted; no more money allotted to the school system

        Unlike the Commonwealth of Virginia, Bedford County has a budget.
        The problem is, the county will only be able to appropriate local revenue until the state adopts its budget. Monday night, the county’s supervisors adopted an $89,337,592 general fund budget on a 6-1 vote.

  • Love of horses leads to competitive riding

        Gabrielle Clauser, a Bedford County homeschooler who recently turned 15, loves horses.

        She’s been riding since she was 7 and is planing on becoming a veterinarian specializing in horses.
        The love of horses started with a summer camp. Clauser said that her mother asked her if she wanted to go to summer camp. Summer camps were not exactly her cup of tea, but this one involved horses. That got her attention and she decided to try it.

  • Woodson humbled by teaching honor

        When Debra Woodson was named Bedford County’s Teacher of the Year, it was as if her entire educational career passed before her eyes.

        “It was very exciting,” she said of the announcement made at a banquet earlier this month. “I never expected it in a million years. I was just so surprised.”