Features http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/features/todaysfeatures en Gardener preaches the organic way http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/gardener-preaches-organic-way <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/organic_b_4_col.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> By Patricia C. Held</p> Local inventor always looking for the next product http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/local-inventor-always-looking-next-product <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/new_pups_008.jpg" alt="bricant applicator that he invented for the tire industry." title="bricant applicator that he invented for the tire industry." align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> By Patricia C Held Contributing writer</p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Truck driver, lawyer, carpenter, engineer &hellip; these are a few of the career choices children consider when growing up.</p> A 19th century soap opera http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/19th-century-soap-opera <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; They say that, if you look far enough up your family tree, you will probably find somebody hanging. Jennifer Thomson, genealogical librarian at the Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library, has been researching her family tree. While she didn&rsquo;t find anybody hanging, she did find something interesting in the foliage.<br /> Medical crisis prompts local woman to publish book http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/medical-crisis-prompts-local-woman-publish-book <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/shelly_hill_3_col.jpg" alt="Shelly Hill " title="Shelly Hill " align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; What do you do if you nearly die? Bedford County native Shelly Hill took her second chance at life to publish a book of fine art photography.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Hill, a 1991 Liberty High School graduate, was 34 when she came down with Fifth Disease. This disease is caused by parvovirus B19, a human virus. It is not the same virus that causes parvo in dogs. Dogs can&rsquo;t catch parvovirus B19, nor can people catch it from dogs.<br /> Fact or Fiction http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/fact-or-fiction <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/faggins_author_4_col.jpg" alt="Diane Fanning takes a break in her writing studio located behind her home in Bedford. " title="Diane Fanning takes a break in her writing studio located behind her home in Bedford. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; When Diane Fanning was 9 years old, a man attempted to abduct her.</p> A look at how Jefferson kept cool and warm http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/look-how-jefferson-kept-cool-and-warm <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/poplar_-_fireplace_3_col.jpg" alt="Travis McDonald, Poplar Forest’s director of architectural restoration, points to a fireplace at Poplar Forest with brickwork darkened from fires that burned there in Jefferson’s time. " title="Travis McDonald, Poplar Forest’s director of architectural restoration, points to a fireplace at Poplar Forest with brickwork darkened from fires that burned there in Jefferson’s time. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Trying to keep a house cool in the summer and warm in the winter was a challenge 200 years ago, even if you happened to be Thomas Jefferson.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; Jefferson&rsquo;s retreat, Poplar Forest, located in Forest shows how he did it, as best he could.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&ldquo;You have to start with the structure,&rdquo; said Travis McDonald, Poplar Forest&rsquo;s director of architectural restoration.<br /> Being Christ's hands and feet http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/being-christs-hands-and-feet <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/teens_b_4_col.jpg" alt="Pictured from left to right, Danea Mitchell, Mia Davidson and Devan Lebo do yard work around an elderly Big Island residen&#039;t home." title="Pictured from left to right, Danea Mitchell, Mia Davidson and Devan Lebo do yard work around an elderly Big Island residen&#039;t home." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; For more than 30 years, adults, youth and children from all over Virginia have been converging on Eagle Eyrie Baptist Conference Center, between Big Island and Coleman Falls.&nbsp;</p> Bedford native shares passion for art, aircraft http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/bedford-native-shares-passion-art-aircraft <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/jacket_a_3_col.jpg" alt="A closeup look at the painting. It shows an F-4C Phantom, flown by Col. Robin Olds, at the end of a low altitude bombing run in Vietnam." title="A closeup look at the painting. It shows an F-4C Phantom, flown by Col. Robin Olds, at the end of a low altitude bombing run in Vietnam." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Gene Thomas, a Bedford native and 1971 Liberty High School grad, has loved art since his elementary school days.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&ldquo;I started drawing when I was in fourth grade,&rdquo; he said.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;He was also fascinated with military aircraft from the time he was in elementary school. His drawings came from photographs in a book called &ldquo;Fighting Aces in the Pacific.&rdquo;<br />