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  • Farmers urged to secure loads for safety

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and Farm Bureau want to urge people to secure loads when hauling them on the county’s highways. This can be a special problem with the large round hay bales used today.

        Sheriff Mike Brown  said deputies find them on county roads on a weekly basis. This happens because somebody was hauling hay bales without strapping them down and one or more rolled off.
        “The danger is great,” Miller said.

  • County family hosts Austrian farm girl

    A Bedford County family is hosting an Austrian farm girl under the International 4-H Youth Exchange.

        It’s turnabout for the McPherson family. Last year, Jaycey McPherson, who is now 19, spent a summer in Finland the guest of a Finnish farm family in northern Finland under the same program.
        This year the McPherson family is the host. Rita Koch stayed with them as part of her sojourn in Virginia. Fortunately for the McPhersons, Rita speaks good English.

  • Safe families

        Patrick Henry Family Services is serving as the pilot site, in Virginia, for a program called Safe Families for Children. It’s a program for faith-based organizations and local department of social services directors are excited about it.

        “They are trying to recruit families to take children into their home when the birth family is having a crisis,” said Andy Crawford, Bedford County’s director of social services.

  • Local youth recognized for their effort to improve the community

        Boys with a Dream was recognized at a lunch at the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Thursday.
        “All we thought they were doing was playing basketball,” commented Robert Carson, president of the Bedford chapter of the NAACP.

  • Former Bedford Mayor Tom Messier remembered for his service, faith

        Some people leave behind the sweet aroma of a good life and good memories when they leave this earth. That was true of E. Thomas “Tom” Messier, who died last week at the age of 80 after a long struggle with cancer. He would have turned 81 in September.
        Tom Messier came to Bedford from Nashua, New Hampshire, in 1974 but, even after more than 40 years, still retained a strong New Hampshire accent. However, he was as dedicated to his adopted community as much as any person who was born and raised in Bedford.

  • Want to help make history? Tips for Guinness event

    By Jerry Hale
     
        As a signature event of Smith Mountain Lake 50th Anniversary Celebration, Lakers will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for “Number of People Floating in a Line” this Saturday morning. 

  • World War I centennial events planned

        The Virginia General Assembly has set up a commission, the Virginia WWI and WWII Commemoration Commission, to commemorate the centennial of World War I and the 75th anniversary of World War II.
        According to Cheryl Jackson, the commission’s director, the commission was created in 2014, using funds left over from Virginia’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Jackson said that anniversary was a big boost in tourism to Virginia.

  • Missing autistic teen found
  • Everette Road bridge to be repaired this month

        A bridge that carries Everett Road (Va. 622) over Norfolk & Western Railroad tracks is currently closed but, according to Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) spokesman Jason Bond, should reopen by the end of the month after repairs are completed.

  • Top 10 Endangered Artifact Poll

        On June 6, 1944, hours before embarking on the greatest invasion of World War II, American soldiers, sailors and airmen received a special message from their commander, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower.

        The printed “pep talk” informed the men that they were “about to embark upon the great crusade,” defined the coming fight as one of freedom versus tyranny, and encouraged the men that “we will accept nothing less than full victory.”