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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Foundation helps out local girl, her family

        Jim and Teresa Widener have a lot of work to do.
        They are caring for their granddaughter, Taylynn in their Bedford home, supplemented by care by a  registered nurse. Taylynn, who is 4, requires constant care because she was born with a large number of severe medical conditions.

  • Get ready to celebrate Independence Day; there’s plenty to do!

        There will be plenty of ways to celebrate July 4 this coming weekend. The community events kick off Saturday, July 1 and will go right through July 4.
        Here are a few of the area happenings:

    Bedford’s fireworks
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        Bedford’s Fourth of July fireworks are slated for July 3. The town and the county are collaborating on the display with the town and county sharing the cost and the town handling the logistics.