Features http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/features/todaysfeatures en 60 years on the job http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/60-years-job <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/60_years_on_the_job_3_col.jpg" alt="Catherine Howell in her office at Scott and Bond. She just celebrated 60 years of working for the business." title="Catherine Howell in her office at Scott and Bond. She just celebrated 60 years of working for the business." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> When Tabitha King picked up the cake for a lunch that Scott and Bond was holding in Catherine Howell&rsquo;s honor, the clerk who brought it out thought they had made a big mistake when she saw that it referred to 60 years of service.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; There was no mention of retirement, either. This couldn&rsquo;t be right!<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;But it was. Howell, who is 83, came to work for the agency on July 15, 1957. The lunch was held on July 15, 2017, to honor the anniversary.<br /> Just in time http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/just-time <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/tom_smedley_young.jpg" alt="om Smedley as a young sailor, fresh out of boot camp, in 1945.The photo was taken near San Francisco." title="om Smedley as a young sailor, fresh out of boot camp, in 1945.The photo was taken near San Francisco." align="left" hspace="6" width="61" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tom Smedley, who will turn 90 in September, grew up in a small Ohio River town in Pennsylvania, a short distance down the river from Pittsburgh. It was a steel mill town and his father, a World War I veteran, urged him to get out of the area as soon as he could.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&ldquo;When you grow up,&rdquo; the elder Smedley urged his son, &ldquo;get out of this area and find a clean place to live.&rdquo;<br /> Free Clinic celebrates 25 years of caring http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/free-clinic-celebrates-25-years-caring <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bed_free_-_putney_plaque_2_col.jpg" alt="The plaque the Bedford Christian Free Clinic has prepared for Delegate Lacey Putney." title="The plaque the Bedford Christian Free Clinic has prepared for Delegate Lacey Putney." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Bedford Christian Free Clinic turned 25 years old this year.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The idea began in November, 1991 when a local doctor, Dr. Allen Joslyn, and three local pastors, the Rev. Richard Boyce, pastor of Bedford Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Wes Gillespie, pastor of Brookhill Wesleyan Church, and the Rev. Henry Henderson, pastor of Washington Street Baptist Church, got together to talk about setting up a free clinic in Bedford. The clinic would have a volunteer medical staff and care for people not covered by insurance.<br /> Brook Hill Farm rescues horses, teenagers http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/brook-hill-farm-rescues-horses-teenagers <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/brookhill_riding_2_ew_3_col.jpg" alt="Brookhill’s program has made a world of difference in the lives of at risk young girls, such as Savannah, who is now employed as an EMT by Centra." title="Brookhill’s program has made a world of difference in the lives of at risk young girls, such as Savannah, who is now employed as an EMT by Centra." align="left" hspace="6" width="106" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Brook Hill Farm held an open house to celebrate its success rescuing horses and teenagers.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Brook Hill is an accredited horse rehabilitation and retirement facility. It&rsquo;s where area law enforcement can bring horses that they have confiscated due to neglect and abuse. The horses, in turn, help humans.<br /> A VERY big fish story http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/very-big-fish-story-0 <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/monstercatfish_3col.jpg" alt="Dale Lowe, at right, needed help to hold up a monster catfish that weighed in at nearly 142 pounds. The little boy, standing under the fish is Chase Lowe, Dale’s son and number one fishing buddy." title="Dale Lowe, at right, needed help to hold up a monster catfish that weighed in at nearly 142 pounds. The little boy, standing under the fish is Chase Lowe, Dale’s son and number one fishing buddy." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Thaxton resident Dale Lowe loves to fish. A lot of people love to fish, but Lowe does it in a big way.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&ldquo;I fish tournaments,&rdquo; he said.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;He&rsquo;s good at it, too. So good that he has sponsors that provide him with equipment and boats. The sponsor that provided him with his rod, fishing line and lures was probably especially happy with the results of a tournament he fished in on Kerr Lake back in late January.<br /> County supervisor recalls service in Vietnam http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/county-supervisor-recalls-service-vietnam <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dooley_graduation.jpg" alt="Andy Dooley’s Army bootcamp company. Dooley is the fifth man from the right in the second row from the top." title="Andy Dooley’s Army bootcamp company. Dooley is the fifth man from the right in the second row from the top." align="left" hspace="6" width="108" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Back in the late 1960s, Andy Dooley got a letter from Uncle Sam that most young men at the time were very unhappy about getting.<br /> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;It began with &ldquo;Greetings.&rdquo; It was his notice that he had been selected by the Selective Service System to personally participate in the Vietnam War.<br /> An adventure! http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/adventure <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/wortley_a_4_col_0.jpg" alt="Dr. Wortley assists an ultra runner after an accident on the trail left her with two broken bones in her leg on Saturday, March 18." title="Dr. Wortley assists an ultra runner after an accident on the trail left her with two broken bones in her leg on Saturday, March 18." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> By Emily Scruggs<br /> <p> Intern Writer<br /> news@bedfordbulletin.com<br /> <br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&ldquo;Life has been an adventure.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;That is Dr. George Wortley&rsquo;s take.&nbsp; The words undoubtedly seem true for the doctor, who recently retired after 28 years and two months with the Centra Medical Group and practicing in Big Island.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Dr. Wortley, originally from upstate New York near Syracuse, moved to Bedford 30 years ago and began practicing family medicine with Centra soon after.<br /> Assistant County Administrator is member of Bedford Fire Department http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/content/assistant-county-administrator-member-bedford-fire-department <img src="http://www.bedfordbulletin.com/sites/www.bedfordbulletin.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/reid_in_turnout_gear_3_col.jpg" alt="Reid Wodicka in his volunteer job work clothes. " title="Reid Wodicka in his volunteer job work clothes. " align="left" hspace="6" width="84" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Assistant County Administrator Reid Wodicka is involved in a volunteer activity that he says helps keep him in touch with the community.&nbsp; He&rsquo;s a volunteer firefighter with the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department.</p>