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  • Beauty and the Brawl

    The Beauty — Smith Mountain Lake — and the Brawl, the Elite Series anglers third stop of the 2010 season, meet up again this week to showcase the best bass fishing has to offer.

        The weather’s been great and SML promises to fish as good as it looks during the Evan Williams Bourbon Blue Ridge Brawl scheduled for this Thursday through Sunday, April 15-18.

  • GOP selects chairman

    An enthusiastic crowd packed Susie B. Gibson Auditorium at the Bedford Science and Technology Center for a Republican mass meeting Monday. Three hundred and thirty-two registered voters participated in an election that chose Nate Boyer as the new Bedford County Republican Party chairman, replacing Kevin Corwin who was stepping down.

  • Astride with Pride

    A fundraising event, held at Avenel and attended by 70 people, raised $6,000 for Astride with Pride, a therapeutic riding program.

        According to Stormi Shelton, who heads the program, the program has 35 riders this year. It’s a bit of a challenge because the program is down two horses. One horse has been retired and Dan, an enormous mule, died.

        Another challenge is that, like most non-profits, Astride’s budget has suffered due to the economic downturn.

  • Bedford’s 1st, 2nd Friday event

    Bedford held its first, 2nd Friday last week, sponsored by Bedford Main Street.

        Bedford Main Street went with the second Friday concept because Roanoke and Lynchburg already have a first Friday event. Rather than compete, Main Street decided to carve out its own niche.

  • Living was harder back in Jefferson’s day

    A service project by a group of Girl Scouts from Greensboro, N.C., enabled Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest to offer something extra last week.

        Poplar Forest has a hands-on program geared for elementary school groups. Among other things it lets them try their hand at a number of tasks that were part of everyday life back in Jefferson’s day. This included household tasks that made the girls happy that they are living in 2010, not 1810. They noted that it would have been a lot of work.

  • Students hear first-hand account from Holocaust survivors

    Alfred and Josiane Traum’s childhood memories are different from most folks’. For Alfred Traum, those memories include being put on a train, taken to a foreign country and never seeing his parents again. For Josiane Traum, they included being hidden in a convent orphanage by nuns.

        The Traums are Jewish and lived at a time when Adolf Hitler was determined to annihilate the Jews. The two, who now live in Maryland, spoke at Staunton River High School recently.

  • Local podiatrist helps out in Haiti

    A Bedford podiatrist got a first-hand look at the results of January’s massive earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

        Dr. Robert Feldman is a graduate of the University of Miami in Florida, and went to Haiti during the first week of March under a program called Project Medishare, sponsored by the university. He was there through the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care, an organization of which he is a member.

  • Jury recommends life sentence for Wesley Earnest

    Though Wesley Earnest had some friends in Chesapeake believing he was a single, multi-millionaire, too rich to work for the FBI, a six-man, six-woman Bedford County jury had its say Monday, convicting him as a first-degree murderer.

  • Falling Creek planting 750 trees this Saturday

          The Bedford County Parks and Recreation Department (BCPRD) will be working with the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF), Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF), members of the BC Agriculture Economic Advisory Board (AEAB) and volunteers, to enhance areas along stream banks and to re-establish areas of habitat for a variety of wildlife at Falling Creek Park.

  • Kiwanis finds a new project

        Bedford’s Kiwanis Club has been looking for a service project ever since Safe Haven, an after school program for disadvantaged children folded.

        According to James Stanley, their goal has been to serve children, so they decided to help Liberty High School. Last week, Stanley presented a check for $2,500 to Mary Branden, the school’s principal. The money represents proceeds from the club’s annual Lobsterfest, held at the Welcome Center in October.