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Today's Features

  •     This is the story of how a chair became a family treasure, then found its way home, while inspiring new friendships along the way.

        The classic chair with a fan-shaped back was part of Sarah Fowler’s family’s life for 60 years.
        It first belonged to her Great Uncle Walter in Connecticut. After his death, the chair “traveled around,” to her mother’s home, and more recently resided in her own sewing room.

  •     Three Bedford County artists will take part in Franklin County’s Artisan Studio & Harvest Tour this coming Saturday and Sunday. The three are members of Art Vision Gallery and Studio, located on Scruggs Road.

  • A good deed can open up opportunities.

        That’s how County Attorney Patrick Skelley came to join the Bedford Community Orchestra. He’s performed as a percussionist for the orchestra since 1997.
        Back then Skelley was living next door to Joe Still, who was the orchestra director. Still was elderly and Skelley helped him out one day.
        “He got his tractor stuck,” Skelley said.

  • When Tabitha King picked up the cake for a lunch that Scott and Bond was holding in Catherine Howell’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.

         There was no mention of retirement, either. This couldn’t be right!
        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.

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    At 1:50 p.m. on Friday afternoon, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from the guard house at Georgia Pacific on Lee Jackson Highway in Big Island.

  •     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.

        “When you grow up,” the elder Smedley urged his son, “get out of this area and find a clean place to live.”

  •     Bedford Christian Free Clinic turned 25 years old this year.

        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.

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    Today, Friday, the June session of the Bedford County Grand Jury was held to consider a number of proposed indictments. Three defendants who were previously charged for their alleged role in the death of Raymond Wood on March 27, 2017, saw their charges upgraded by these indictments. True bills were returned against the following individuals.

  •     Brook Hill Farm held an open house to celebrate its success rescuing horses and teenagers.

        Brook Hill is an accredited horse rehabilitation and retirement facility. It’s where area law enforcement can bring horses that they have confiscated due to neglect and abuse. The horses, in turn, help humans.

  •     Bedford’s LOVE Letters were unveiled last week on a blustery Wednesday morning.