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  • Pure instinct

        Friday, July 14 had already been a busy day at the guard gate at Georgia-Pacific’s Big Island mill for Security Officers Lieutenant RJ Nowlin and Captain Danny Humphreys.

  • Big Otter bridge to be replaced

        A long-term project to replace the Big Otter River Bridge on Route 43—Peaks Road—will likely lead to single-lane traffic across the bridge for the next two years.

  • History program makes local connection

        Every year the Bedford Museum holds a history program for elementary school aged children called Fridays at the Museum. Each year, Jennifer Thomson, who heads up the program, chooses a different area of history.

  • Quilts in show brighten Bedford Library

    The Quilt Guild has, once again, brightened the Bedford Central Library with its annual quilt show. This is the Guild’s 21st show and the show features 80 quilts, quilted by the Guild’s  27 members.

        The show includes the opportunity to vote on your favorite quilt in each of several categories. Each quilt has a tag that gives its background.

  • Better hearing

        Thanks to the Foundation for Sight and Sound and the foundation’s manufacturing partner, ReSound, Marianna Atwell, a freshman at Liberty University (LU), received a pair of the company’s top-of-the-line smart hearing aids.

        These hearing aids normally cost $6,000, but Atwell got them for free.
        Atwell is currently a math major but she plans to alter her program to math  special education.
        “I want to teach math to deaf kids,” she said.

  • AEP believes they have an obligation

        John Shepelwich, a spokesman for American Electric Power, said, in a phone interview, that the company believes that the flowage easements attached to properties that extend below the 800 foot contour at Smith Mountain Lake gives the power company regulatory rights. Shepelwich said the easements were worked out in the 1960s.

  • Horses and hounds

        The annual Horse and Hound Wine Festival took place on a hot, humid day, but at least the dogs got to stay cool in the pond. The festival is always held on the second Saturday of July, which fell on July 8 this year. The event drew 3,000 people, with no official count on the number of dogs although there were plenty of the furry, friendly creatures accompanying their favorite humans.

  • Homefront Festival set for July 15

        The National D-Day Memorial is pleased to offer free admission for students 18 and under and to veterans for A 1940s Homefront Festival.
        Adult admission is $5 for the event, half the regular price. The event, formerly known as Family Day, is Saturday, July 15 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. A 1940s Homefront Festival is  sponsored by WoodmenLife.

  • Boys With a Dream make PSA

        Boys With a Dream are making a public service announcement (PSA) on drug avoidance.

        Bob Carson, one of the group’s mentors, said the serious problem with opioids prompted the effort. According to Carson, the group came up with the idea of doing the PSA.

  • Johnson’s Orchards unveils LOVE letters

        Johnson’s Orchard’s LOVE Letters have been an undercover effort.

        Even Danny Johnson had been, to a large extent, kept in the dark. His grandson and his grandson’s wife, the two behind the creative project, wanted to avoid strong suggestions from grandpa, although Danny did have some input on his personal historical knowledge on what parts of the orchard are subject to the strongest winds.