https://www.bedfordbulletin.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en 50 years of service https://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/50-years-service <img src="https://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/rev_henderson.jpg" alt="The Rev. Henry Alvin Henderson in his office today with an open Bible in front of him." title="The Rev. Henry Alvin Henderson in his office today with an open Bible in front of him." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Rev. Henry Henderson, pastor of Washington Street Baptist Church, will celebrate 50 years of service to the church on July 13. It will be celebrated with a big dinner at the Forest Rec Center.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ldquo;We are calling it a Golden Jubilee,&rdquo; said Sandy Payne, a member of the anniversary committee.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Actually, Rev. Henderson, who was 27 when he came here, was a bit reluctant to come at first.<br /> Derby Day https://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/derby-day <img src="https://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/avenel_0887_0.jpg" alt="Dave Spangler and Kathy Terrell were the winners of the Best Couple in the Derby Day hat contest." title="Dave Spangler and Kathy Terrell were the winners of the Best Couple in the Derby Day hat contest." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The wet evening didn&rsquo;t dampen spirits at Avenel, Saturday night, when more than 150 people turned out for the biggest party in Bedford.</p> A place to get fit! https://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/place-get-fit <img src="https://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_5759.jpg" alt="The fitness court is the newest addition to Liberty Lake Park. It is open to the public’s use, free of charge. " title="The fitness court is the newest addition to Liberty Lake Park. It is open to the public’s use, free of charge. " align="left" hspace="6" width="75" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The newest addition to Liberty Lake Park&rsquo;s offerings was dedicated last week.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; It&rsquo;s a fitness court and it was built without requiring taxpayer funding. It&rsquo;s part of the National Fitness Initiative and it&rsquo;s the first of the Initiative&rsquo;s fitness courts built in Virginia.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;D. W. Lawhorne, the town&rsquo;s director of public works, and Town Councilman Bryan Schley learned of the fitness courts.<br /> Online business opens brick-and-mortar location https://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/online-business-opens-brick-and-mortar-location <img src="https://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/north_bridge_st._boutique.jpeg" alt="Jeneé Welsh in her shop." title="Jeneé Welsh in her shop." align="left" hspace="6" width="111" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A business that has been solely online for four years now has a brick-and-mortar location.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Something Else Boutique, owned and operated by Jen&eacute;e Welsh, and her husband, Joe, opened its first brick-and-mortar location, located at the corner of North Bridge Street and West Depot Street, on March 7. She said the online business generates between 400 and 500 orders a week and the physical location is part of her expanding business.<br /> Boys with a Dream holds prayer circle https://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/boys-dream-holds-prayer-circle <img src="https://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0807_2.jpg" alt="The Rev. Jonathan Slocumb gave the prayer." title="The Rev. Jonathan Slocumb gave the prayer." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Boys with a Dream held its annual prayer circle April 27 at the Bedford&rsquo;s Farmers Market. The event began during what Bob Carson, president of the Bedford Branch of the NAACP, described as a difficult time for law enforcement.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &ldquo;We wanted to begin a relationship between young people and police,&rdquo; Carson said.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Saturday marked the fourth time they have done this.<br /> U. S. 460 fatality accident https://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/u-s-460-fatality-accident <img src="https://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/460_fatality.jpg" alt="This photo from the Forest Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page shows one of the vehicles involved in the accident." title="This photo from the Forest Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page shows one of the vehicles involved in the accident." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A Lynchburg man died after striking two vehicles while driving on the wrong side of US 460 near Owen&rsquo;s Market. Three others were injured in the accident.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Virginia State Police Trooper T.M. Wertz is investigating the three-vehicle fatal crash in Bedford County. The crash occurred May 4 at 1:30 p.m. on US 460 near Harvest Lane.<br /> School board adopts budget, approves FMS project contract https://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/school-board-adopts-budget-approves-fms-project-contract <p> Most school staff in Bedford County Public Schools will receive a 4 percent raise next year as a result of action taken by the Bedford County School Board at a special called meeting last Wednesday.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The School Board approved its budget for the 2019-20 school year during that meeting on a 5-2 vote. Board members Martin Leamy and Susan Kirby voted against the budget. The two have been critical of the school system&rsquo;s adoption of a personalized learning approach to teaching.<br /> Schuch named VASS president https://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/schuch-named-vass-president <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Bedford County Public Schools (BCPS) Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch is looking forward to helping new superintendents throughout the commonwealth in his new role as president of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS).<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dr. Schuch called it &ldquo;humbling&rdquo; that&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; his peers would elect him to serve in this capacity of leadership.<br />