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  • Community Day promotes trust

        Community Day will be held this Saturday, May 12, as part of the effort of the Bedford Crime Prevention Coalition, a group of community members who seek to promote community trust.
        Community Day will feature activities for both youth and adults from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  at  Edmund Street Park. There will be a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for ages 9-18. Individuals can be combined to form teams or you can bring your own team.

  • Event to draw attention to suicide prevention

        Two women from Bedford participated in the Out of Darkness Walk, held in Lynchburg, back in October. Out of Darkness has a suicide prevention focus. They thought that Bedford needed to have something similar.

        “We thought that at the same time, that we should bring it to Bedford,” said Shannon Jurkus, one of those who attended the event.
        They got a friend involved and the three women have organized “Hike for Hope,” which will take place Saturday morning at Falling Creek Park.

  • Tornado confirmed in county

        The National Weather Service has confirmed that wind damage in the Moneta area of Bedford County, on April 15, was caused by a tornado.
        According to Andrew Loconto, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Blacksburg office, the EF1 twister touched down at 6:10 p.m. and traveled about three-fourths of a mile, remaining on the ground for a minute.
        “It was a brief touchdown,” said Loconto.

  • Legion honors Congressman

        The American Legion posts of the 5th Congressional District honored Congressman Tom Garrett for being a co-sponsor of the American Legion 100th Anniversary Coin Act.

  • Hospice House benefit

        Tara Cheek knows first-hand how the Bedford Hospice House can help a caregiver.

  • Car show will benefit man with cancer

        Richard Cunningham is organizing a cruise-in to benefit Charles “Chuck” Forrest, a Body Camp neighbor.

        “He’s got cancer,” Cunningham said.
        It’s lung cancer and the goal of the cruise-in is to raise money to help Forrest with the medical bills for his treatment.
        Forrest, who is 64 and lives near the former Body Camp Elementary School, is a truck driver and has also worked on cars in the Body Camp community for years.

  • Run to benefit YMCA program is Sat.

        The annual Blossom to Bottle run will take place at Johnson’s Orchard Saturday, starting at 5 p.m.

        This year’s event as a new feature. It will still have its 5K course, but a new 3K route has been added.
        “You can run or walk,” said Nancy Johnson.

  • Friends of Blue Ridge Parkway looks for volunteers

        The Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway Peaks chapter is looking for some helping hands.

  • Reserve Center named for fallen vets

        Bedford’s Army Reserve Center officially has a name now.

  • They split a cool million

    It was a few days after the winning numbers were announced in Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle, and Rick Manley was at the Speedy Mart at 514-B Blue Ridge Avenue in Bedford.

     

    He spotted a sign in the store proclaiming that one of the $1 million top prize tickets had been bought there. So he offered his congratulations to the store owner.

    “He said, ‘Was it you?’” Manley recalled. “I said, ‘I doubt it.’”