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  • The Way of Saint James

        What did you do on your summer break?

        For Lloyd Parker, who teaches World History at Forest Middle School, it was hiking 561 miles across Spain. Lloyd, his wife, Robbi, along with their daughter, Meaghan, and son, Cailean, followed El Camino de Santiago, The Way of Saint James.
        The Roman empire and the Middle Ages are the areas of history that particularly fascinate Parker and this hike put him in direct contact with both.

  • Plane crash injured two

        A plane crash Sunday near Smith Mountain Lake sent two people to the hospital.

        According to Virginia State Police, a Cessna single engine aircraft was attempting to make a landing at Smith Mountain Lake Airport,  Sunday  afternoon when the pilot overshot the runway. When the pilot attempted to pull up for another landing attempt, the plane lost power, hit some trees and caught fire.

  • Stebbins challenges Brown for Sheriff

        Charles Stebbins is challenging Sheriff Mike Brown for reelection.

        Stebbins, 68, is an Army veteran. He enlisted in the Army in 1966 and is a Vietnam Veteran. He was commissioned as an officer through OCS and became a military police officer. He served a total of 14 years with the Army, four of them on active duty and the rest in the Army Reserve, reaching the rank of major..

  • Confederate flag group makes donations

        A Bedford County Confederate flag group, called Battle Flag Rally for Freedom, raised money during their rally in the Wall-Mart parking lot earlier this month.

        According to Kelly Bowles, a member of Rally, their group is affiliated with Virginia Flaggers, but they are a separate Bedford County group. Bowles said they collected toys for Toys for Tots and funds for the American Cancer Society and the National Kidney Foundation. Friday, Bowles and Matt Daniels delivered the food they collected to Bedford Christian Ministries.

  • Smooth move: New Habitat House goes up

        Bedford Habitat for Humanity set its newest Habitat house on its foundation in Bedford last week.

        The house has a crawlspace, but this is a state-of-the art crawlspace using pre-cast concrete sections. It is completely sealed from the outside and air from the house’s heating and cooling system circulates through it. This will lower the homeowners’ utility bills and keep the crawl space dry.

  • Breaking ground

    Groundbreaking for the Bedford Regional Water Authority’s (BRWA) new water project was held Tuesday morning. The ceremony was held at the intake near the current High Point plant.

        The ceremony included a moment of silence for Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. Gardner was supposed to have been at the ceremony but, instead, is recovering from a gunshot wound she suffered in the Aug. 26 shooting that claimed the lives of two WDBJ journalists.

  • Gardner released from hospital

        Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber Executive Director Vicki Gardner is now home.

        One of three victims of the August 26 shooting at Smith Mountain Lake, she was discharged from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital on Monday.
        Two WDBJ7 television journalists were killed while filming a live segment on the lake’s anniversary with Gardner.
        On the Facebook page, “Vicki’s Recovery Page,” this note was posted:

  • Never forget

    By Rev. Troy Keaton

        It’s the morning we will never forget.  We will never forget where we were when we heard the news that our incredible community had become the center of the news world.  

        We will never forget the sadness when we learned that two young precious lives were taken so soon. 
        We will never forget the fear and shock we felt when we heard that our own executive director, Vicki Gardner, had also been shot but was thankfully still alive. 

  • Better than Fair

        Bedford County’s first county fair for more than four decades was a rousing success. According to Joy Powers, who headed up the project, 14,800 people attended. This is double the number of people they anticipated.

        According to Susan Epperly, who was in charge of non-livestock contests, people came from as far away as Amherst County and Charlotte County. Some people came on multiple days.
        There was something to see every day.

  • County fair returns!

        A Bedford County fair will open its gates, for the first time in more than 40 years, Friday at 1 p.m.