http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en The project is underway. Liberty Middle School breaks ground http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/project-underway-liberty-middle-school-breaks-ground <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/groundbreaking_4_col.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Members of the Bedford County School Board, Bedford County Board of Supervisors, M.B. Kahn Construction and others gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for the new middle school in the Liberty zone. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Liberty Middle School is slated to be open in Aug. 2018 with actual construction expected to begin in the next couple of weeks.</p> BCSO looks into thefts in Lake Vista area http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/bcso-looks-thefts-lake-vista-area <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Bedford County Sheriff&rsquo;s deputies are investigating several reports of thefts from vehicles in the Lake Vista area of Bedford County.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The larcenies occurred late Thursday night or early morning hours of Friday. All the thefts were from unlocked vehicles. Items missing are wallets, personal items, a .270 rifle and credit cards.<br /> Former Army sergeant enters pleas http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/former-army-sergeant-enters-pleas <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A former sergeant in the US Army pleaded no contest Tuesday to six felony charges related to a relationship he had with a 14-year-old Bedford County girl.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Angelo E. Paderes , 27, entered the pleas on four counts of computer solicitation, one count of carnal knowledge and one count of abduction. A sentencing hearing has been set for March 3 at 1:30 p.m. on the charges. The no contest pleas mean he agrees the commonwealth has enough evidence to convict him, while not admitting to the crimes.<br /> A farm and a practice http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/farm-and-practice <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ratliff_b_3_col.jpg" alt="Don and Dr. Sandra Ratliff with their two big sows, which they use for breeding." title="Don and Dr. Sandra Ratliff with their two big sows, which they use for breeding." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Retirement and an urge to farm brought Dr. Sandra Ratliff, Johnson Health Center&rsquo;s newest&nbsp; pediatrician, to Bedford.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Her husband, Dave, is the one who retired. Dr. Ratliff was not ready to retire, but they both had the same agricultural interest.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&ldquo;We knew we wanted to farm,&rdquo; she said.<br /> Dec. 7, 1941 http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/dec-7-1941 <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pennsylvania.jpg" alt="he USS Cassin, a destroyer, has capsized against the USS Downes, another destroyer, in a Pearl Harbor drydock. The USS Pennsylvania is astern, occupying the rest of the dry dock. " title="he USS Cassin, a destroyer, has capsized against the USS Downes, another destroyer, in a Pearl Harbor drydock. The USS Pennsylvania is astern, occupying the rest of the dry dock. " align="left" hspace="6" width="72" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ldquo;I was 20 years old at that time,&rdquo; recalls Leonard Peverall, remembering a long-ago Sunday morning &mdash; Dec. 7, 1941.</p> Childress’ store http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/childress%E2%80%99-store <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/childress.actor_.jpg" alt="John Hart, star of the late ‘50s TV series “Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans,” signs autographs in Childress’ Cash Food Market. Bunker Hill was a major sponsor of the show and that’s what brought the actor to Bedford. The children in the photo are William and Jimmy McDaniel and Jim Stanley. " title="John Hart, star of the late ‘50s TV series “Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans,” signs autographs in Childress’ Cash Food Market. Bunker Hill was a major sponsor of the show and that’s what brought the actor to Bedford. The children in the photo are William and Jimmy McDaniel and Jim Stanley. " align="left" hspace="6" width="112" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Back in the 1950s and 1960s, Bedford had nearly a dozen small family owned grocery stores.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; One of them was Childress&rsquo; Cash Food Market, owned by Wes Childress. The market was located in the building, on West Main Street, that now serves as Bedford&rsquo;s Elks Lodge and Wes&rsquo; son, Tim Childress is a member and official of that lodge.<br /> Making a dream come true http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/making-dream-come-true <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/stalk_eyes_cvr_3_col.jpg" alt="The heroic fiddler crab." title="The heroic fiddler crab." align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Once again, Ron Sisson proves that electrical engineers can write.</p> Group hopes to help area youth http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/group-hopes-help-area-youth <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/casa_4_col.jpg" alt="Pictured with Judge Louis Harrison, center, are Darnell and Renee Wood, Kristen Hern, Carol Wite and Roy and Carol Brooks. Hern is an advocate manager and the rest are CASAs." title="Pictured with Judge Louis Harrison, center, are Darnell and Renee Wood, Kristen Hern, Carol Wite and Roy and Carol Brooks. Hern is an advocate manager and the rest are CASAs." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Bedford&rsquo;s newest group of CASAs have a variety of reasons for getting involved in the lives of local youth.</p>