en Ray Nance’s book published <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Elisha Ray Nance, known to local folks as Ray Nance, set out 30 years ago to write an account of what he and other men of Company A experienced on June 6, 1944.</p> Robertson: Hope Tree ignoring requests for meeting on camp <img src="" alt="Dr. William Robertson " title="Dr. William Robertson " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; According to Dr. William Robertson, Hope Tree, the ministry that currently owns Camp Virginia Jaycee located in Bedford County, is ignoring him.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ldquo;The leadership of Hope Tree is not letting me meet with the full board,&rdquo; Dr. Robertson said in a press conference, Thursday morning.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ldquo;I have twice asked to meet with the full board and I have been twice denied,&rdquo; he said.<br /> D-Day Memorial celebrates veterans <img src="" alt="A child gets a chance to meet one of the dwindling number of living World War II veterans" title="A child gets a chance to meet one of the dwindling number of living World War II veterans" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The National D-Day Memorial held its annual celebration of veterans, Monday. It was a cold, wet nasty day, but the event still drew more than 600 people.</p> County rebrands its outreach focus <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Bedford County&rsquo;s department of tourism is in the final stages of a rebranding effort. According to Nicole Johnson, the county&rsquo;s new brand is &ldquo;Destination Bedford.&rdquo;</p> Keen to serve 15 years <img src="" alt="Wesley Keen" title="Wesley Keen" align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Wesley Keen and his wife, Sherry Keen, kept a 14-year-old girl padlocked in her room and tortured her.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A pre-sentence report on Wesley Keen showed guidelines of probation up to six months in jail. He had previously pleaded guilty to four felony charges in this case.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike, that wasn&rsquo;t near enough.<br /> FMS design work begins <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ken Thacker, of VMDO Architects gave the school board an update on the Forest Middle School (FMS) expansion project. VMDO is the firm designing the project.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The design will accommodate 1,200 students and separate school bus and car traffic. He said it will be ready for the 2020-2021 school year.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Thacker expects all design work to be done at the end of March. There will then be a four week period for the firm to solicit bids from construction companies.<br /> Each did ‘their bit’ <p> By James F. Burns<br /> Retired professor<br /> University of Florida<br /> <br /> Democratic ‘Resistance’ takes back the House! <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Disgust at the clownish and corrupt figure in the White House led many millions of Americans to the polls Nov. 6, where they chose the only entity they could to stop him in at least one branch of the Congress: the Democratic Party.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Democrats, at last count, won at least 32 seats in the House of Representatives, taking back that chamber from the Trumpanzees and assuring Americans there will finally be a restoration of checks and balances in our national government.<br />