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  • Claim to Fame
      The festive Christmas decorations were shut down at Bedford's National Elks Home not long ago. But that doesn't mean the celebrating stopped. In fact, the place was in full roar last Friday evening.  That's when Liberty High School's first-ever Hall of Fame class was inducted. At a banquet hosted at the Elks Home, the class numbering 13 members was feted.  On Saturday, the members received their commemorative medallions between basketball games featuring the Liberty and Staunton River varsity squads.
  • Jingle Bell Rock (and Run)
      The kickoff of the Bedford Christmas season was, once again, given an able assist in the form of the YMCA's Christmas Classic 5K race. As usual, the race drew a large throng, featured fun and festivities and had a special guest.  This time, however, the welcomed visitor wasn't the jolly guy in the red suit .
  • Safety switch
      When Beth Bays took a hunter safety course earlier this fall, she came away from the training feeling less than thrilled. "I wasn't impressed with the information," said the Huddleston resident.  "I was disappointed in the curriculum." The course Bays took is a relatively new one.  Just a few years ago, the mandatory training shifted from a course mandating 10 hours of class time to one that had the student do some preparatory work at home prior to a six-hour classroom session.
  • Girls rule!
      It was all you might expect it to be. There was no winner.  Times were not kept.  All the entrants wore the same bib number.  There was no team champion. And they had a ball. The Girls on the Run Celebration 5K took place at Sweet Briar College this past Saturday.  A total of 495 young ladies, assisted by 125 coaches and cheered on by hundreds of family and friends, successfully navigated the course at the Amherst County school.
  • Pepper Time
      The hours of ten, two and four o'clock have long been  known as "Dr. Pepper time."   Whitney Jones hopes pepper time comes for her a bit later in the day.  That's because Jones has been chosen as one of five finalists for the Doctor Pepper Challenge, to be held at halftime of the ACC football title game the evening of Dec. 7.
  • A 'Gala' run in Apple Valley
        The apples may all have been picked, but that doesn't mean Gross's Orchard couldn't still be a fruitful place. Last Saturday, the orchard served as the setting for the 16th annual Apple Valley cross country race, a 5K run which puts the harriers in as gorgeous a setting as they're likely to encounter. Among the Granny Smith, Stayman and Gala trees, the runners were treated to a crystal-clear view of the Peaks of Otter, as Mother Nature sent them nothing but sunshine.
  • A different kind of dog
      Life changes quickly. Those that aren't agile enough to adjust to those changes get left behind. Scott "Cujo" Sigmon is nothing if he isn't agile. The man who singlehandedly brought professional boxing to this area has moved on to the next stage of his career. "I want to become one of the most powerful managers in boxing," said Sigmon.  "I want to give guys a chance to change their lives, like I'd been given."
  • Photo of the week: The tinniest toad
  • A run for the heroes
      By Mike Forster sports@bedfordbulletin.com   You can do something. The attacks by terrorists on September 11, 2001 resulted in America becoming enmeshed in a war that has outlasted all other American conflicts. We have largely been insulated from the effects of the war:  There is no draft and Americans have not been asked to make any kind of economic sacrifice. So, given this situation, how might one recognize the solemnity and importance of the impending anniversary of that dark day?
  • Hall for Liberty's famed
      What will Bedford soon have in common with Springfield, Mass., Canton, Ohio and Cooperstown, NY? It'll be among those localities that have halls of fame. While those august cities have dedicated structures to house the basketball, football and baseball (respectively) halls of fame, Bedford's will reside within the walls of Liberty High School. And while those aforementioned halls have a national scope, this one will be local.