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  • 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
    are July 3
        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.

  • SOVA Innovation Center opens in New London

        A new research facility, the MBC/Adaptrum SOVA Innovation has opened at the former Center for Advanced Engineering and Research facility at the New London Center for Business and Technology.

  • Bedford Farmer’s Market

    Bedford’s Farmer’s Market has a new director this year.
        Jana Fedele now heads the market, which is still operated by the Bedford Area Family YMCA. Fedele stresses, however, that all Farmer’s Market operations are at the pavilion in downtown Bedford.
        The market is open on Tuesdays from 3-6 p.m., Fridays from 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.