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Today's Features

  •     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.

  •     Back in March, a location scout for the film Juanita visited with Jared Srsic several times about using the Millstone Tea Room as a major backdrop for the film.

  •     Thaxton resident Dale Lowe loves to fish. A lot of people love to fish, but Lowe does it in a big way.

        “I fish tournaments,” he said.
        He’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.

  •     Thaxton resident Dale Lowe loves to fish. A lot of people love to fish, but Lowe does it in a big way.
        “I fish tournaments,” he said.
        He’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.

  • Members of Otterville United Methodist Church will carry a cross down Va. 122, Friday evening, Good Friday, in commemoration of Jesus’ crucifixion. Rusty Keenan, a member of the church made the cross.

  •     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.

        It began with “Greetings.” It was his notice that he had been selected by the Selective Service System to personally participate in the Vietnam War.