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  •     This is the story of how a chair became a family treasure, then found its way home, while inspiring new friendships along the way.

        The classic chair with a fan-shaped back was part of Sarah Fowler’s family’s life for 60 years.
        It first belonged to her Great Uncle Walter in Connecticut. After his death, the chair “traveled around,” to her mother’s home, and more recently resided in her own sewing room.

  • A good deed can open up opportunities.

        That’s how County Attorney Patrick Skelley came to join the Bedford Community Orchestra. He’s performed as a percussionist for the orchestra since 1997.
        Back then Skelley was living next door to Joe Still, who was the orchestra director. Still was elderly and Skelley helped him out one day.
        “He got his tractor stuck,” Skelley said.

  • 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.

  •     Tom Smedley, who will turn 90 in September, grew up in a small Ohio River town in Pennsylvania, a short distance down the river from Pittsburgh. It was a steel mill town and his father, a World War I veteran, urged him to get out of the area as soon as he could.

        “When you grow up,” the elder Smedley urged his son, “get out of this area and find a clean place to live.”

  •     Bedford Christian Free Clinic turned 25 years old this year.

        The idea began in November, 1991 when a local doctor, Dr. Allen Joslyn, and three local pastors, the Rev. Richard Boyce, pastor of Bedford Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Wes Gillespie, pastor of Brookhill Wesleyan Church, and the Rev. Henry Henderson, pastor of Washington Street Baptist Church, got together to talk about setting up a free clinic in Bedford. The clinic would have a volunteer medical staff and care for people not covered by insurance.

  •     Brook Hill Farm held an open house to celebrate its success rescuing horses and teenagers.

        Brook Hill is an accredited horse rehabilitation and retirement facility. It’s where area law enforcement can bring horses that they have confiscated due to neglect and abuse. The horses, in turn, help humans.

  •     Thaxton resident Dale Lowe loves to fish. A lot of people love to fish, but Lowe does it in a big way.

        “I fish tournaments,” he said.
        He’s good at it, too. So good that he has sponsors that provide him with equipment and boats. The sponsor that provided him with his rod, fishing line and lures was probably especially happy with the results of a tournament he fished in on Kerr Lake back in late January.

  •     Thaxton resident Dale Lowe loves to fish. A lot of people love to fish, but Lowe does it in a big way.
        “I fish tournaments,” he said.
        He’s good at it, too. So good that he has sponsors that provide him with equipment and boats. The sponsor that provided him with his rod, fishing line and lures was probably especially happy with the results of a tournament he fished in on Kerr Lake back in late January.

  •     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.