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  • Hoop shoot hot shot

        Bedford County will soon have the name of one of its own enshrined in the National Basketball Hall of Fame.

        And this hoopster stands all of four-and-a-half feet tall.
        Bedford County is home to one of our nation’s free-throw champions.  And that sharpshooter is a fourth-grader at New London Academy.
        Allow us to present Sophia Palladino, winner of the Elks National Hoop Shoot competition, a contest that draws millions of competitors.

  • Saying ‘goodbye’ once more

        The Bedford area said "goodbye" to another of the Bedford Boys.    Raymond Noell, who was awarded the Silver Star for his service fighting in the hedgerows in Normandy, died on May 3 at the age of 91.

  • Second annual Cystic Fibrosis car show set for Saturday

    The Bedford area’s second annual Cystic Fibrosis Car Show is this Saturday. Donna Meador organizes the event to raise money for research on the disease that killed her son, Corey W. Flowers. Flowers was 26 when he died early last year. Meador chose the car show event because her son was a serious automotive enthusiast.

        According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Web site, the disease is caused by a defective gene. This defect causes the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus.

  • Bedford landmark topples

        The Rubatex water tower has been a highly visible Bedford landmark for nearly 60 years.

         According to Larry Brookshier, a former owner of the company, the tower was built in 1952 to hold water to fight fires at the plant. At that time Bedford only had two-inch water mains, and those did not provide sufficient water pressure. Years later, the city upgraded its water mains to eight-inch lines and the tower was no longer needed.

  • Cleaning up the Lake

    By Peter Sawyer

  • Planting effort will have long-term effect

        A group of volunteers spent a wet, dreary Saturday earlier this month planting trees at Falling Creek Park.

        According to Todd Kready, the Virginia Department of Forestry’s forester for Bedford County, the trees are a mix of species, including black walnut, bald cypress and three types of oaks. The 75 trees were donated by Vaughn-Bassett, a furniture manufacturer in Galax. Henderson’s Furniture, a retailer located in Forest, donated the tree shelters.    

  • Automotive history

    The Old Dominion Meet Association will bring eight decades of automotive history to Lynchburg on May 7. The cars range from a 1904 Rambler to vehicles from the mid-’80s — and all of them run.

  • Talking turkey

    Chris Barber comes from a family of hunters. His father, Tom Barber, passed his turkey hunting skills to Chris. Tom took his son hunting with him when Chris was 13 and they’ve hunted together ever since.

        “We’ve been hunting together over 27 years,” Chris Barber said. “Good memories.”

  • Life in the workplace

        A new initiative to get high school students experience in the workplace has turned out to be a success.

        Patricia Knox, the county’s school nurse coordinator, said that the school division has already been making efforts to give students with learning disabilities workplace experience. Some of these students have a strong desire to do something that will help others and this gave Knox an idea.  What  if these kids could get work experience in a medical environment?

  • Goodlatte stops at Poplar Forest Nursery

    Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte stopped by Poplar Forest Nursery Monday on a tour of agricultural operations in his district.

        Poplar Forest Nursery, located in Forest, sits on land that was originally part of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest plantation. Doug Arthur has owned and  operated the nursery for 21 years and grows 90 percent of all the plants he sells.
        “We just got through redoing the place,” he said.