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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 60 years on the job

    When Tabitha King picked up the cake for a lunch that Scott and Bond was holding in Catherine Howell’s honor, the clerk who brought it out thought they had made a big mistake when she saw that it referred to 60 years of service.

         There was no mention of retirement, either. This couldn’t be right!
        But it was. Howell, who is 83, came to work for the agency on July 15, 1957. The lunch was held on July 15, 2017, to honor the anniversary.

  • 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.

  • Buffer landscape committee makes presentations to two local groups

    By Rich Brager
    Buffer Landscape Committee Chairman

        The Buffer Landscape Committee is sponsored by Smith Mountain Lake Association and consists of about 15 dedicated volunteers. 
        Our objective is to educate SML residents so that we increase the number of properties using shoreline buffer landscaping techniques and promote the concept that landowners can have a beautiful lakefront while being environmentally sound.  Our mantra is: Slow the flow and filter the flow.

  • Pentagon budget immensely wasteful

        On June 21, USA Today published a story that barely registered a ripple in the American consciousness. The Pentagon had, over a decade, wasted about $28 million on snarky camouflage uniforms for Afghan military officers.
        The information came from a report by John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. He was not happy, especially when he noted that the Afghans could have been given uniforms for free that were already owned by our government.

  • Trump makes a deal

        It looks like President Donald Trump has made a deal with Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin on Syria during the two men’s first meeting. The two have agreed to a cease fire in Southwestern Syria. The ceasefire is intended to allow anti-government forces to concentrate of fighting Islamic State.
         It still remains to be seen if this cease fire holds. Previous cease fires have failed when Syrian forces attacked U. S. supported rebels.
         This time it may hold.

  • Good signs

        There are some good signs taking place in and around Bedford.
        The opening of Beale’s Brewery has been a big hit and has provided a good number of jobs. The first few weeks have brought in plenty of folks -- some seeking the atmosphere, some the specially brewed Beale’s beer, some wanting to partake of the quality BBQ being offered.

  • Chilean missionaries help with Mega Sport & Drama Camp

    Pastor David Whitehurst of Word of Life Evangelical Church was born in Chile, South America. At the age of five, he moved back to America with his parents, who had spent most of their lives as missionaries traveling to Chile. Now several decades later, Whitehurst has revived the relationship between the Methodist Church of Chile  and the Word of Life Evangelical Church.

  • Former local athletes inspire YMCA Power Scholar Academy participants

    Four former local athletes gathered to speak to scholars from Bedford Elementary School and Montvale Elementary School.

    The scholars were part of the five-week long YMCA Power Scholar Academy, a summer learning loss prevention iniative run by Bedford Area Family YMCA with support from the YMCA of the USA.

    The scholars are recommended by teachers who identify the children as at risk for taking a “couple steps back” during the summer, explained Mary Jo Boone, the CEO of Bedford Area Family YMCA.