http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Bower Center begins makeover http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/bower-center-begins-makeover <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bower_a_4_col_0.jpg" alt="Pictured are Sara Braaten, director of the Bower Center, Don Jones, a member of the property committee for Wharton Society/Bower Center, Dr. John Bower, Clif Coleman, of Coleman-Adams, Fred Duis, president of Wharton Society, Philip Brown member of the Wharton Society/Bower Center Board. " title="Pictured are Sara Braaten, director of the Bower Center, Don Jones, a member of the property committee for Wharton Society/Bower Center, Dr. John Bower, Clif Coleman, of Coleman-Adams, Fred Duis, president of Wharton Society, Philip Brown member of the Wharton Society/Bower Center Board. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dr. John Bower, whose donation made the Bower Center for the Performing Arts possible, came to Bedford, Friday, for a groundbreaking ceremony that kicks off a major renovation for the building.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; The renovation project will build a new front to the building and add an elevator, improving handicapped access and new restrooms.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Fred Duis, president of the&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Wharton&nbsp;&nbsp; Foundation, opened the ceremony.<br /> It’s been peachy! http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/it%E2%80%99s-been-peachy <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/peaches_4_col_0.jpg" alt="Water Gross, who turns 81 in September, enjoys meeting the public." title="Water Gross, who turns 81 in September, enjoys meeting the public." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Walter Gross has been growing peaches in Bedford County for 61 years.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;A. J. Gross and sons &mdash; Walter, who turns 81 this fall is one of the sons &mdash; planted its first block of peach trees in 1954, the year after Gross graduated from Bedford High School.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;A lot has changed over those years. Walter recalls that his senior class took a class trip to New York in 1953. The teens raised their own money and rented a Trailways bus for $500.<br /> Remembering the Charleston shooting http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/remembering-charleston-shooting <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/rally_f_3_col.jpg" alt="A candle was lit each time the name of one of the nine people, killed in last month’s church shooting, was read." title="A candle was lit each time the name of one of the nine people, killed in last month’s church shooting, was read." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; An estimated 160 people turned out for a rally in Bedford&rsquo;s Centertown Park to honor the nine people murdered at a Wednesday evening Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Bedford&rsquo;s rally, organized by the Bedford Chapter of the NAACP,&nbsp; also took place on a Wednesday night, exactly one week after the murders.<br /> Hostutler: $38M might not be enough http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/hostutler-38m-might-not-be-enough <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Bedford County&rsquo;s supervisors voted, last week, to set a maximum price tag of $38 million on the construction of a new middle school in the Liberty attendance zone.<br /> Lawsuit moved to federal court http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/lawsuit-moved-federal-court <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A lawsuit,&nbsp; alleging that racism motivated the school board to close Body Camp Elementary School rather than Moneta Elementary, has been moved to federal court.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;A hearing was originally scheduled in Bedford County Circuit Court, last Friday afternoon, but the decision to move it to federal court was made prior to the hearing.<br /> Fireworks will fill the skies this weekend http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/fireworks-will-fill-skies-weekend <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The skies will be filled with fireworks next Friday and Saturday nights in Bedford County and there will be plenty of other activities to enjoy in the area for the July 4 weekend.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Fireworks displays will occur Friday night July 3 in both Bedford and Downtown Moneta and July 4 at Parkway Marina at Smith Mountain Lake.<br /> Couple charged with 2014 Sonic robbery http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/couple-charged-2014-sonic-robbery <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Weeks after the robbery of the Sonic in Forest in February 2014, Matthew Kukulski and Caitlin N. Williamson, boyfriend/girlfriend, became persons of interest in the robbery.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;In August 2014, Bedford County Sheriff&rsquo;s Investigator Steve Smith traveled to Florida where Kukulski was serving time in jail. While in Florida, Smith interviewed both Kuklski and Williamson.<br /> Three arrested for child abuse http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/three-arrested-child-abuse <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; At 9:50 p.m. Monday, June 22, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call reporting a possible child abuse on Mt. Airy Road, Lynch Station.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;A Bedford County sheriff&rsquo;s deputy was dispatched to the location. After arriving on the scene and investigating the complaint Bedford County Social Services Child Protection investigators were contacted and made aware of the complaint.<br />