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  • Local youth wins national honor

        Madison Martin has already accomplished a lot and she has big plans for the future.

        And she’s only 15.
        This summer Madison was named as the American Junior Paint Horse Association Youth Member of the Year. A rising sophomore at Jefferson Forest High School, she is also interested in politics and plans to start a Young Republicans Club at the school this year.
        One day, she plans to hold public office.

  • Suspect escapes custody of BPD; Kasey Wayne Johnson sought by police

     

  • 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.

  • 2-year-old taken to hospital; incident ruled accident

     

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    At 1:50 p.m. on Friday afternoon, Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from the guard house at Georgia Pacific on Lee Jackson Highway in Big Island.

  • 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.