Today's Features

  •     Last year’s renovation of the bell tower on Bedford’s courthouse included repairs to the clock. Long before that, however, Edward Stanley worked on the clock and made sure it rang on the half-hour, along with tolling on the hour.

        Stanley always liked clocks and repaired them as a hobby when he was a child.

  • By April Cheek-Messier
    National D-Day
    Memorial Foundation

        Seventy-five years ago, on February 20, 1941, a group of hale and hearty American boys kissed mothers and girlfriends goodbye, picked up their duffels, and filed in good order onto a train in Bedford, Virginia.
        None could know it, but they were departing for an unexpected rendezvous with history. They were Company A of the 116th Regiment, 29th Division—better known as the Bedford Boys.

  • Eva Arthur, who grew up near Ivy Creek, celebrated her 100th birthday at Carriage Hill last week.    

        Arthur grew up on a farm at the foot of Jackson Mountain. She got lots of exercise when she was young. She had no transportation and frequently walked up, down and around Jackson Mountain “running after cows.”
        The family didn’t raise cattle, but they had two Jersey cows that provided milk for their own use. Arthur helped milk the cows every morning.

  •     Milking a cow, sitting in the cockpit of an airplane with the pilot and collecting honey from a bee hive are some of the activities youngsters and parents enjoy during Field Trip Fun.

  •     Because of kidney failure, Sue Wilken must have dialysis three times a week. It’s a very unpleasant process.

        “It’s painful to have those needles stuck in you,” she said.
        However, good came out of a bad situation. Before she went on dialysis, Wilken, who is five-feet, six-inches tall weighed 285 pounds.
        “I was eating a lot of fast foods,” she said. “I just kept putting on the weight.

  • A terrible traffic accident in 1940, combined with a world war, separated a Bedford County man from his family for more than 60 years.

  •     Ed Hiner grew up in Montvale and graduated from Liberty High School in 1986.

  •     Back in 1949 high school students could drive school buses.

  • By Chappy Merritt

    Contributing Writer

        What started 28 years ago with a group of family and friends deciding to go camping and watch the races at Martinsville Speedway has evolved into at least a four time annual excursion to the track.
        The group attends both Sprint Cup races, the granddaddy of Late Model races in the fall, the July 4th celebration featuring noted country artists and other events when possible.

  • By Patricia C. Held