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  •     Back in the late 1960s, Andy Dooley got a letter from Uncle Sam that most young men at the time were very unhappy about getting.

        It began with “Greetings.” It was his notice that he had been selected by the Selective Service System to personally participate in the Vietnam War.

  • By Emily Scruggs

    Intern Writer
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        “Life has been an adventure.”
        That is Dr. George Wortley’s take.  The words undoubtedly seem true for the doctor, who recently retired after 28 years and two months with the Centra Medical Group and practicing in Big Island.
        Dr. Wortley, originally from upstate New York near Syracuse, moved to Bedford 30 years ago and began practicing family medicine with Centra soon after.

  • By Emily Scruggs

    Intern Writer
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        “Life has been an adventure.”
        That is Dr. George Wortley’s take.  The words undoubtedly seem true for the doctor, who recently retired after 28 years and two months with the Centra Medical Group and practicing in Big Island.
        Dr. Wortley, originally from upstate New York near Syracuse, moved to Bedford 30 years ago and began practicing family medicine with Centra soon after.

  • Abigail Brewer, who lives in Goode, is a 19-year-old sophomore at Liberty University (LU).

  •     Assistant County Administrator Reid Wodicka is involved in a volunteer activity that he says helps keep him in touch with the community.  He’s a volunteer firefighter with the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department.

  • By Brandi Mitchell

    Intern Writer
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        In just a few month’s time, you will not find Danielle Averill or Sarah Stephens at their standard house cleaning jobs, or even walking around Bedford.
        You will find them in the woods. More specifically, on the Appalachian Trail, and   you   may not see them again for many months.

  •     Back in the 1950s and 1960s, Bedford had nearly a dozen small family owned grocery stores.

         One of them was Childress’ Cash Food Market, owned by Wes Childress. The market was located in the building, on West Main Street, that now serves as Bedford’s Elks Lodge and Wes’ son, Tim Childress is a member and official of that lodge.

  •     “I was 20 years old at that time,” recalls Leonard Peverall, remembering a long-ago Sunday morning — Dec. 7, 1941.

  •     Once again, Ron Sisson proves that electrical engineers can write.

  •     Retirement and an urge to farm brought Dr. Sandra Ratliff, Johnson Health Center’s newest  pediatrician, to Bedford.
        Her husband, Dave, is the one who retired. Dr. Ratliff was not ready to retire, but they both had the same agricultural interest.
        “We knew we wanted to farm,” she said.

  • By Brandi Mitchell

    Bulletin Intern

  • By Patricia C Held

    Contributing Writer

        When summer begins to fade fruits and vegetables mature and ripen, it is the time to harvest and put up the best of the pickings. Gather fruits and vegetables from the garden or purchase them from local orchards to create delicious edibles for the pantry.

  • By Patricia C Held
    Contributing writer

        Jack Falls is a horseman and farmer.
        He has worked at both professions all of his life as well as enjoying a career as a plumber and pipefitter for over 30 years. What makes Jack Falls stand out among his fellow horsemen and cattlemen is that he remains active at 98 years old.
        Jack Falls just celebrated his 98th birthday August 1.

  •     Local law enforcement and rescue agencies have a bright idea.

        And it’s shedding light on a subject they don’t want anyone to ignore.
        BULB – Buckle Up Live Better – is an effort of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and a coalition of community partners to encourage seat belt use in the county as an effort to save lives.

  •     Local law enforcement and rescue agencies have a bright idea.
        And it’s shedding light on a subject they don’t want anyone to ignore.
        BULB – Buckle Up Live Better – is an effort of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and a coalition of community partners to encourage seat belt use in the county as an effort to save lives.

  •     It’s hard to imaging Loraine Reaves manning one side of a two-man crosscut saw cutting down trees.

        The little 94-year old is pretty healthy and spry, but she’s so tiny. However, that’s what she did when she and her husband, Edwin Lewis Reaves, founded Reaves Timber in 1951. Of course, she was much younger back then, but she was still a tiny little woman.

  •     Kayla Thelwell, who just turned 12 and lives in the Bronx, spent two weeks in Bedford courtesy of the Fresh Air Fund.

        The Fresh Air Fund allows children from low income communities in New York City to have country and small town experiences every summer.
        This is the third summer that Mike and Katy Shea, of Bedford, have hosted Kayla. She’s a very welcome house guest. The Sheas three children are grown and Katy notes that it’s nice to have a child around the house.

  •     Brigadier General Lapthe Flora recalls his first meeting with his platoon sergeant when, as a second lieutenant, he took command of of a platoon in Clifton Forge’s Company C. The sergeant was a Vietnam veteran.

  • The National D-Day Memorial Foundation has been accumulating a collection of D-Day related artifacts and documents for nearly 20 years. One of the most unusual is a vintage bottle of Calvados, a Norman apple brandy. The bottle belonged to Earl Draper.

  • By Patricia C Held
    Contributing Writer
    news@bedfordbulletin.com