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  • Engineer who designed dam gets warm reception at SML

        Smith Mountain Lake reached full pond for the first time 50 years ago and the Lake community has been celebrating the Lake’s 50th anniversary all year.

  • Teacher puts on fundraiser that helps student see

        Some special glasses, which look like something out of Star Trek, are making it possible for Chris Ward to see.

        Ward, who was a 5th grader at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School last year, was born blind. The optic nerves that are supposed to connect his eyes to his brain did not fully develop. He has very limited vision in one eye and none in the other. Without the glasses he can only see something by holding it less than an inch from the eye.

  • They want to move a chapel

        The Rev. Jeffrey Clemens, pastor of Peaks Presbyterian Church and a former Army chaplain, has a huge project in mind. He wants to move the Gray Ladies Chapel from the grounds of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center to a site on the National D-Day Memorial property.

  • Hunter new director at Sedalia Center

        Heidi Hunter cares about education.

        The former teacher and principal is now executive director at the Sedalia Center. She started the first of this year and wants to help the Center embrace the original vision of its founders, Doc and Annis McCabe, which had a strong focus on education.
        “I absolutely love the setting. It is gorgeous,” said Hunter of the Sedalia Center, which sits on 17 acres in the midst of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Big Island area of Bedford County.

  • Teens team up to help community

        A group of Bedford teens have organized themselves into a group that they call Boys with a Dream. The all-male group plans to come together to help the community.

        Boys with a Dream has only been in existence for a month, but they are already getting attention. Late Friday afternoon, Police Chief Todd Foreman came to a fundraiser the group held at Edmund Street Park and asked them to provide some muscle to help with downtown buildings. The  teens agreed.

  • Fourth of July events

        There will be plenty of opportunities to see fireworks and enjoy Fourth of July events throughout the area this upcoming week.

    Bedford fireworks
        The Independence Day Fireworks in Bedford will be held on Sunday, July 3, beginning at dusk. Parking will be available at Liberty Lake Park. Handicap Parking is offered at the Bedford Visitor’s Center.

  • Judicial Watch files lawsuit in Bedford County

        Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit last week in Bedford County Circuit Court seeking to block Governor Terry McAuliffe’s executive order that restored the voting rights of 206,000 felons.
        The lawsuit was filed on behalf of five Bedford County residents who are registered voters and say that Gov. McAuliffe’s action is illegal and cancels out their votes with the votes of people who are not eligible to vote.
        Why did Judicial Watch file the suit here?

  • Body discovered at town’s hydro- electric plant on the James River

    According to John Wagner, the director of Bedford’s electric department, the operator of the town’s hydroelectric plant on the James River got a nasty surprise when he arrived at work at 7:30 a.m. on June 10.
        The Snowden plant has a debris rake, a grate that stops debris floating down the river from being sucked into the plant’s turbines. The operator noticed something unusual that morning and went over to check on it. He was horrified to discover a rotting corpse.

  • Woman injured in Jet ski explosion

        Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire Rescue, teamed with Bedford County Medics 14-8 and Company 8 were dispatched at 11:08 a.m. Tuesday morning to marker R26 for an operator whose jet ski explosion ejected the operator with injuries into Smith Mountain Lake.

        Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire Rescue Fireboat 11-6 & 11-8 were on scene in minutes, according to a release from the department.

  • Bower Center finishes upgrades

    Dr. John D. Bower and his partner of 40 years, Edna Curry, gifted the Bower Center for the Arts with $1 million for upgrades and expansion for the facility.
        That work is now complete and a ribbon cutting and grand reopening of the Bower Center has been set for June 30 at 3 p.m.
        Dr. Bower and his family will be here for the reopening, along with numerous local and state officials. The upgrades have ensured the Center’s legacy for years to come.