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Today's News

  • 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.”

  • JF's Katie Cousins named Gatorade National Player of the Year

        Bedford County lays claim to being the best in several areas.

        The county seat proclaims itself to be “The World’s Best Little Town.” 
        Many feel the Peaks of Otter are the most scenic mountains in Virginia.
        Olde Liberty Station has one of the best cheesecakes you’ll ever sample.
        Add to that list:  The best high school girls soccer player in the nation.

  • Vote to delay school closing issue failed

        A request to delay a decision on closing either Moneta Elementary School or Body Camp Elementary school failed on two separate votes Thursday night during a meeting of the Bedford County School Board.