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Today's Features

  •     Esmond Eugene Cocke, who lives north of Bedford, was living on a 400-acre farm where his father was a share-cropper, raising corn, cattle and pigs, when Uncle Sam sent him a written invitation to participate in World War II.

        It was 1943; Cocke was 18.
        “They gave me a choice when I went in,” he said. It would be a life-altering decision.

  • Bedford Memorial Hospital’s volunteer chaplains celebrated their 10th anniversary this month.

         They marked it with a presentation of a painting by Beulah Witt. Witt’s painting depicts 10 hands in a circle forming a heart. All the hands depicted are hands of real people, either people who work at the hospital or people who worship at Mountain View Union Church.
        The volunteer chaplains seek to show love to people coming to the hospital through kindness.

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    Homecoming/Revival services

  •     Bedford Christian Fellowship and the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, with support from the Bedford County Ministerial Association and the Society of St. Andrew, will sponsor the eighth annual Community Ecumenical 9/11 Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

  •     One of the current residents of the Elks National Home originally lived there for a couple of years as a teenager during World War II.

        Sheridan Besosa was 13 and living in Puerto Rico when the United States entered the war.

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    Community Bible Study

  • Community Bible Study

  •     Years ago when Susan Coryell lived in Northern Virginia, she started writing a novel about a haunted  Revolutionary War era estate nearby.

        But then she moved to Smith Mountain Lake.
        Her address changed, but her desire to write didn’t. Coryell decided to continue working on her novel, “A Red, Red Rose,” but move the setting to a lake.

  •     Twenty years ago a storm came through and knocked a lot of fruit off the trees at Gross’ Orchard in Bedford.

        That fruit was usable, but could not be sold.
        That, according to Ronnie Gross, is when they learned about the Society of St. Andrew in Big Island, and were able to coordinate the gleaning of the fruit at the Gross’ Farm.
        That partnership has been ongoing for the past two decades, including last week during the Commonwealth Day of Gleaning.

  •     Bedford Baptist Church has been planting potatoes for the Society of St. Andrew and Shepherd’s Table for five years, according to Ben Shrader. Shrader spent a sunny afternoon last week with a tractor digging up the taters in the 45-by-90 foot plot where they were planted. The church’s youth group showed up later to put them in bags. Shrader said that they got 1,400 pounds of them last year.