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Today's News

  • D. Reynolds celebrates 60 years

    D. Reynolds celebrated 60 years in business last week.

    The men's clothing store has been at the same location on South Bridge Street in Bedford since William Dawson Reynolds opened it on Nov. 14, 1947. It's a bit larger than it originally was.

    "It was two separate stores when I came here," said Ruth Crouch, the store's manager. Crouch has been there since 1963 and has managed the store for the past 33 years.

    Back in 1947, W. Dawson Reynolds' brother, Alex, opened a shoe store next door. A door connected the two businesses.

  • Duchess of Bedford's new owner tastes business ownership

    For Becky Turner owning your own business was something always in the back of her mind. She is now the new owner of The Duchess of Bedford, the town's popular bakery and breakfast and luncheon stop.

    As a child she never cooked. "Mama would never let us in the kitchen. We made such a mess," she explained. "I did Pampered Chef to stock my kitchen because I did enjoy cooking and it is much more enjoyable with the right tools."

  • Hunters for the Hungry primed for hunting, holiday seasons

    With deer season coming into full swing, the opportunity for hunters and non-hunters to help their fellow Virginians presents itself through the Hunters for the Hungry program.

    Hunters for the Hungry (H4H), has set an ambitious target of facilitating the movement of 360,000 pounds of meat from the woodlands of Virginia to the supper tables of the state?s neediest families.

  • From Minutemen to Ironmen

    In the mid-1980s, a couple of jocks graduated from Liberty High School. Kevin Willis and Chris Tharp were fast friends who played football for the Minutemen. Willis was a middle linebacker and Tharp was a slightly-built defensive lineman. They played for Dr. John Walker, and ?You walked a straight line under him,? according to Willis.

    Fast forward twenty-some years, and the two are teammates again. Only now, instead of tackling Cavaliers and Bees, the two are taking on the grueling course of the Ironman world.

  • Marathon Man

    Editor?s note: Bill Vickery, a resident of Bedford, recently ran in the Richmond Marathon. He was invited to share some of the experiences he had in training up for the race.

    The Training

    Training for a marathon is like having to eat your peas before dessert, except in this case, there are so many peas you wonder if it is worth it. I trained for the Richmond marathon for two months. I ran the marathon to raise money for the Bedford Hospice Hardy Fund.

  • Barry Bonds' plight--Commentary

    So, Barry Bonds was indicted by a federal grand jury last week. Is anybody surprised?

    I'm no Barry Bonds fan, nor am I an apologist for the man. In my opinion, he is a gifted athlete who has shown zero regard for the fans. His selfishness is legion. Also, it is obvious that the guy bulked up somehow.

    I question the merit of putting Bonds behind bars. This has been a witch hunt, plain and simple. And Bonds makes a pretty good witch. Now, the talking heads are wringing their hands, decrying the end of baseball as we know it.

  • Bee-wildering

    There was no rest for the weary, while the well-rested ran roughshod.

    Liberty limped into Stinger Stadium for its VHSL Regional semifinal against top-seeded Brookville. The Minutemen limped out of the joint following a 42-14 pasting at the hands of the Bees.

  • Letters to the editor

    Appreciation expressed

    A big ?thank you? to all the voters in Bedford County and City who came out on a cold and blustery November day and showed support for my re-election.

    My thanks to everyone who volunteered their time for the many campaigning events during the past six months, for all who donated to my campaign, and, for all the citizens who placed campaign signs on their property. I am humbled by your dedication, commitment, enthusiasm and support.

  • Making a difference

    On Saturday, Oct. 27, Bedford participated in Make a Difference Day for the 8th consecutive year.

    On this national day of community service, more than 100 individuals took part in worthwhile activities. The staff of Bedford Community Resource Center would like to thank all of the groups, businesses, organizations, and individuals who made a difference for the eighth year in a row! Our thanks go to the Safe Haven staff, parents, and children as well as the female residents of Bedford County group home for visiting local nursing homes.

  • A season of thanks

    The story of the first traditional Thanksgiving began over 380 years ago when a group of men and women fleeing persecution boarded a ship and set sail for freedom in the New World. The group, who would come to call themselves Pilgrims, battled treacherous weather conditions and bouts of sickness throughout the nine weeks they spent on the high seas.