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  • Trip of a lifetime

    By Patricia C Held
    Correspondent

        While many tweens enjoy a summer of camp and sports, Forest Middle School student Kara Geramouth spent a good part of June in Indonesia volunteering among the natives of the Wano Tribe in Mokndoma, which is in Papua, Indonesia.

  • An overwhelming success

        Bedford County’s second annual fair was an overwhelming success, according to Joy Powers, superintendent of the fair and chairman of the fair board of directors.

  • Fair opens Thursday

        Gates open for the second annual Bedford County Fair at noon on Thursday.

        It’s in the same place—Curry Martin’s Glenwood property, in Huddleston—as it was last year. As was true last year, parking and admission are free.
        The Fair will run Sept. 1-4.
        “I think it’s going to be a really good event,” said Joy Powers, superintendent of the fair and chairman of the fair board of directors.

  • Garrett meets with local businesses

        Tom Garrett — no relation to Delegate Scott Garrett — made a campaign swing through Bedford last week.

        Garrett is a Virginia State Senator who currently represents the 22nd District in the Virginia Senate. After winning a multi-candidate race for the Republican nomination, Garrett is seeking to replace Congressman Robert Hurt, also a Republican, who announced, back in late December that he would not seek reelection.

  • Bench Mark

        A new bench has been placed in Centertown Plaza and dedicated to the National D-Day Memorial and those who served on D-DAY.

  • 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.