http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Community comes together http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/community-comes-together <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/shooting_jb_d_3_col.jpg" alt="Harriet Tyree waits on a customer at Bridgewater Sports Wear, Friday, the morning Bridgewater Plaza reopened." title="Harriet Tyree waits on a customer at Bridgewater Sports Wear, Friday, the morning Bridgewater Plaza reopened." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> They came together to pray; they came together to remember; they came together to mourn.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;In the days following the shooting at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, coming together was important for the community, in whatever ways possible.</p> Shooting shocks area, nation http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/shooting-shocks-area-nation <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/shooting_jb_c_3_col_0.jpg" alt="Seth Dalton places a bouquet at a memorial to Alison Parker and Adam Ward in front of the Smith Mountain Lake Visitor Center." title="Seth Dalton places a bouquet at a memorial to Alison Parker and Adam Ward in front of the Smith Mountain Lake Visitor Center." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> By John Barnhart and Tom Wilmoth<br /> news@bedfordbulletin.com<br /> <br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;This isn&rsquo;t supposed to happen here. Not in Moneta &ndash; not to someone we know.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;In fact it isn&rsquo;t supposed to happen at all.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;But last Wednesday morning changed everything. The Smith Mountain Lake Community&mdash;and the media family at WDBJ7&mdash;will never be the same.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;A simple live report from Bridgewater Plaza turned deadly&mdash;and shocked the world.<br /> Better than Fair http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/better-fair <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fair_at_night_se_photo_4_col.jpg" alt="The Bedford County Fair gave the appearance of a small city in the night sky over Huddleston. The Fair drew almost 15,000 people." title="The Bedford County Fair gave the appearance of a small city in the night sky over Huddleston. The Fair drew almost 15,000 people." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Bedford County&rsquo;s first county fair for more than four decades was a rousing success. According to Joy Powers, who headed up the project, 14,800 people attended. This is double the number of people they anticipated.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;According to Susan Epperly, who was in charge of non-livestock contests, people came from as far away as Amherst County and Charlotte County. Some people came on multiple days.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;There was something to see every day.<br /> Never forget http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/never-forget <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/shooting_keaton_7102_3_col.jpg" alt="Pastor Troy Keaton is interviewed by Greta Van Susteren during her show on Fox News last Wednesday evening. Last week’s tragedy brought national and international media outlets to the community. " title="Pastor Troy Keaton is interviewed by Greta Van Susteren during her show on Fox News last Wednesday evening. Last week’s tragedy brought national and international media outlets to the community. " align="left" hspace="6" width="119" height="85" /><p> By Rev. Troy Keaton<br /> <br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;It&rsquo;s the morning we will never forget.&nbsp; We will never forget where we were when we heard the news that our incredible community had become the center of the news world.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;We will never forget the sadness when we learned that two young precious lives were taken so soon.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;We will never forget the fear and shock we felt when we heard that our own executive director, Vicki Gardner, had also been shot but was thankfully still alive.&nbsp;<br /> Council considers a dog park http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/council-considers-dog-park <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Bedford Town Council held a discussion on the possibility of building a dog park at Greenwood Park.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;According to Councilman Beckham Stanley, a survey showed that 75 percent of town residents favor a dog park. He told council that the park can be built with private money. Stanley said&nbsp; Jamie Snell. a fencing contractor, has offered to make a $4,600 in-kind donation for fencing and James Jones, a local excavation contractor, has offered to help. According to Stanley, the Bedford Humane Society will keep it clean.<br /> Gleaning for others http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/gleaning-others <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/glean_-_12-year-old_gleaner_4_col.jpg" alt="Brooke Johnston, 12, came with her grandmother to glean apples." title="Brooke Johnston, 12, came with her grandmother to glean apples." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Gleaning apples in Bedford County got its start 30 years ago when Roger Lane asked Danny Johnson, owner of Johnson&rsquo;s Orchards in Bedford County a question &mdash; &ldquo;What do you do with your dropped apples?&rdquo;<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;When Johnson replied that he doesn&rsquo;t do anything with them, Layne got some people together and gleaned in Johnson&rsquo;s orchard. He also called Society of St. Andrew, a Bedford County based hunger relief organization which was already gleaning potatoes in its potato project.<br /> Hurt stops by Bedford http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/hurt-stops-bedford <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/hurt_3_col.jpg" alt="Leah Coles, owner of Hebruz, talks with Congressman Robert Hurt. Hurt was on a walking tour of Centertown businesses Tuesday." title="Leah Coles, owner of Hebruz, talks with Congressman Robert Hurt. Hurt was on a walking tour of Centertown businesses Tuesday." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Congressman Robert Hurt stopped by Bedford, Tuesday, for a walking tour of Centertown businesses. He said he was touring across the 5th Congressional Districts which includes 23 cities and counties. Hurt is taking a look at the challenges small businesses face.</p> County fair returns! http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/county-fair-returns <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fair_rides_3_col.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A Bedford County fair will open its gates, for the first time in more than 40 years, Friday at 1 p.m.</p>