http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en At 74, vet seeks recognition for his fallen shipmates http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/74-vet-seeks-recognition-his-fallen-shipmates <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ride_for_recognition_2_col_0.jpg" alt="Del Francis passed through Bedford Tuesday as part of his ride to Washington D.C." title="Del Francis passed through Bedford Tuesday as part of his ride to Washington D.C." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Vietnam Memorial is incomplete, according to Del Francis.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;It&rsquo;s missing the names of his 74 shipmates who died when their ship, USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754) sank. Although the Evans had deployed from the United States to provide Naval gunfire support for the troops fighting in the war, it was assigned to a joint exercise with Australian ships at the time and was determined to be not in the zone of combat at the time. That&rsquo;s why the names were left off the wall.<br /> Board looks at county buildings http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/board-looks-county-buildings <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/new_it_guy_with_scott_2_col.jpg" alt="Robert Floyd, left, the new director of information technology, talks with Scott Baker, director of the Virginia Cooperative Extension office in Bedford. Monday was Floyd’s first day on the job." title="Robert Floyd, left, the new director of information technology, talks with Scott Baker, director of the Virginia Cooperative Extension office in Bedford. Monday was Floyd’s first day on the job." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Three buildings owned by Bedford County &mdash; the old county nursing home building, the Burks-Scott Building and the County Administration Building &mdash; were the center of attention at a long Bedford County Board of Supervisors work session held Monday night.</p> Ruff pleads to rape charge http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/ruff-pleads-rape-charge <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A former Bedford resident pleaded guilty to one count of rape Tuesday morning in Bedford County Circuit Court.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Roger Alfred Ruff, 71, faced three counts of the rape of a juvenile under the age of 13, but under the plea agreement two of the charges were not prosecuted. A sentencing hearing has been set for Oct. 14.<br /> Planning commission gives OK to middle school plan http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/planning-commission-gives-ok-middle-school-plan <p> present, the Bedford County Planning Commission voted, last week, 5-0 to recommend approval of the special use permit necessary for construction of the county&rsquo;s new middle school on a parcel adjacent to Liberty High School (LHS).<br /> Hiring tourism director put on hold http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/hiring-tourism-director-put-hold <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ldquo;We need a marketing plan, we need a direction, we need a vision on how we are going to sell Bedford County Administrator Carl Boggess told a gathering of tourism stakeholders at a Thursday morning meeting at the Welcome Center.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Boggess told the group that his recommendation will be to develop a marketing plan before hiring a new tourism director.<br /> Active shooter training http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/active-shooter-training <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/training_0412_3_col.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Area law enforcement from a variety of local departments spent much of Saturday training in active shooter scenarios&mdash;one at Bedford Elementary School and the other at the Army Reserve Center.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&ldquo;It was great training,&rdquo; stated Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Planning for the training has been going on for months and the departments hold such events once every three years or so.<br /> LTP still keeping audiences entertained after all these years http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/ltp-still-keeping-audiences-entertained-after-all-these-years <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ltp_c_3_col.jpg" alt="The Butler family is an LTP family. Stan and Lisa Butler are pictured here singing in the show’s opening chorus." title="The Butler family is an LTP family. Stan and Lisa Butler are pictured here singing in the show’s opening chorus." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ldquo;We are going to take collective responsibility for this fiasco,&rdquo; said Nancy Johnson, Friday evening, as she and Karen Hopkins gathered the cast of Little Town Players&rsquo; (LTP) 40th anniversary presentation.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The local theater group was making its final preparations for the free show it presented Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Johnson, Parkie Smith and Karen Hopkins planned and organized the entire show and it worked.</p> Couple hosts child from NYC for third straight year http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/couple-hosts-child-nyc-third-straight-year <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/kayla_and_lottie_3_col.jpg" alt="Kayla Thelwell with her doggie friend, lottie" title="Kayla Thelwell with her doggie friend, lottie" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Kayla Thelwell, who just turned 12 and lives in the Bronx, spent two weeks in Bedford courtesy of the Fresh Air Fund.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The Fresh Air Fund allows children from low income communities in New York City to have country and small town experiences every summer.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;This is the third summer that Mike and Katy Shea, of Bedford, have hosted Kayla. She&rsquo;s a very welcome house guest. The Sheas three children are grown and Katy notes that it&rsquo;s nice to have a child around the house.<br />