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  •     Dr. William B. Robertson is a brilliant fundraiser. Camp Virginia Jaycee exists because of his fundraising prowess.

        He is also a builder of men. This past week he was in the area doing both.

    The camp
        Back in 1968, Dr. Robertson got the vision for building a camp for special needs people, along with the idea of how to raise money to build it. His idea was to by jars of apple jelly, wholesale, for 15 cents each and sell them for $1 each.

  •     If you enjoy Smith Mountain Lake, then you should thank Dr. Jeffrey Fong.

        Smith Mountain Lake exists because Smith Mountain Dam holds back the Roanoke River at a gap in Smith Mountain. Dr. Fong is the engineer who designed the dam.

  •     Frederic Bibia of France decided to honor Bedford’s fallen soldiers from D-Day on the 70th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy by Allied troops.

  •     In December, the house built in 1891 that was home to Josephine Bibb—a well-known Bedford teacher from her birth until her death in 2003—caught fire. The house was damaged beyond repair and what was left of it was demolished a month later.
        But that was then.
        Now, a new house is rising at its site and, while it will look like a Victorian house, it’s being built using the most modern construction techniques.

    The owners

  •     Gabrielle Clauser, a Bedford County homeschooler who recently turned 15, loves horses.

        She’s been riding since she was 7 and is planing on becoming a veterinarian specializing in horses.
        The love of horses started with a summer camp. Clauser said that her mother asked her if she wanted to go to summer camp. Summer camps were not exactly her cup of tea, but this one involved horses. That got her attention and she decided to try it.

  •     About 300 motorcycle-riding veterans, part of the Run for the Wall event, will roll though Bedford County on their way to Washington D. C. next week.

         Their destination is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, “The Wall.” Their goal is to remind people of the men who didn’t come home, both killed in action and missing in action (MIA).

  • Tommy Harper has a family car that has won numerous awards, including national awards in car shows. It even made an appearance in the February, 2014 edition of Automobile Magazine.

  •     Marie Overstreet, who serves as secretary and treasurer of Overstreet General Repair, was no stranger to a family-owned business when she married into the Overstreet family.

        She grew up in one. Actually, she grew up living over her father’s store.
        Her father, Virgil Shepherd, owned Shepherd’s store which was located at the intersection of Dickerson Mill Road and Shepherd’s Store Road.

  • Just more than 45 years ago, Bill Robertson had set a plan in motion.

  •     Brook Hill Farm, located on Bellevue Road in Forest, was established in 2001 as a horse rehabilitation center.

  • Bedford Town Councilman Robert Carson is concerned about bullying and has started a campaign to draw attention to the problem and get people talking about it. He’s begun by distributing buttons that read “I take a stand against bullying!”

        “Most of the buttons of my first order have gone,” he said. Some have gone as far as Tennessee.
        Bullying can take multiple forms. It can be physical, but it can also be verbal. Carson notes that it’s possible to destroy another person with your words.

  •     Holy Name of Mary and Resurrection are the only two Roman Catholic churches in Bedford County. 

  • By Catherine Cary
    Communication student
    Virginia Tech

        Genevieve Metcalf is no ordinary 3-year-old girl. She loves dinosaurs, lizards and superheroes. Little did anyone know, her favorite superheroes are not the only fighters.
        Genevieve is a curious and rambunctious girl who loves to climb and play in the dirt. She always has a ton of energy and never stops moving.
        “Sleeping and eating are the last things on her mind,” Sarah Metcalf, mother of Genevieve, said.

  •     Liberty Lodge, Bedford’s Masonic Lodge, will celebrate its founding, Saturday. There won’t be any charter members, however. That’s because the Lodge was chartered in 1813, 200 years ago. It got its name because Bedford was named Liberty back then.

        The Lodge was organized on July 6, 1813, and received its official charter on Dec. 14, 1813. It met in the home of Charles Mitchell which, Carl Wells, the Lodge’s chaplain, believes was located at the corner of East Main Street and Otey Street.

  •     “I am proud I am an Army brat,” said Anita Beard as she opened her talk before the New Beginnings support group recently.

        Beard, who now lives in Bedford County, is the daughter of Col. James E. Foster, a career Army officer.
        Military brats are what the children of career members of the armed forces call themselves. They often use the more specific designation of Army brat, Navy brat, and so forth, indicating their father’s specific branch of service.

  •     Carole Rogers of Bedford knits all year.

        A lot.
        Enough, in fact, to provide 75 sweaters and 125 hats and scarves to a program that gives one of each to students at a Bedford or Franklin County school each year.

  • Bedford Fire Department has been answering the call—everyone of them.

  • One of the worst train wrecks in Virginia history occurred in the wee hours of the morning of July 2, 1889, when a passenger train traveling eastward from Roanoke didn’t quite make it to Thaxton. Now “Lost at Thaxton,” the result of 18 months of research by Michael Jones brings that tragic night to life for readers.

  •     Thirty of the finest young scientific minds congregated in Washington, D.C., last week.