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  •     Esmond Eugene Cocke, who lives north of Bedford, was living on a 400-acre farm where his father was a share-cropper, raising corn, cattle and pigs, when Uncle Sam sent him a written invitation to participate in World War II.

        It was 1943; Cocke was 18.
        “They gave me a choice when I went in,” he said. It would be a life-altering decision.

  •     One of the current residents of the Elks National Home originally lived there for a couple of years as a teenager during World War II.

        Sheridan Besosa was 13 and living in Puerto Rico when the United States entered the war.

  •     Years ago when Susan Coryell lived in Northern Virginia, she started writing a novel about a haunted  Revolutionary War era estate nearby.

        But then she moved to Smith Mountain Lake.
        Her address changed, but her desire to write didn’t. Coryell decided to continue working on her novel, “A Red, Red Rose,” but move the setting to a lake.

  •     Christy Witt couldn’t be any prouder of her daughter.

        And thankful.
        Morgan Witt, 10, has been keeping a sharp lookout for her 3-year-old brother Kaden this summer.
        A couple of weeks ago, the Witt family was camping at Holliday Lake State Park. Morgan had gone for a walk down the trail in the woods and came back to camp carrying a baby frog. A little while later she and her brother went back down the trail to return the frog to the creek.

  • Jane Amnott, now 91, has had a very active life. Even now, she’s still involved in the Keep Bedford Beautiful Committee (KBBC).

        “I was there last night,” she said when interviewed for this story.

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    D-Day Memorial’s WWII Day Camp

  • By Laura Enderson and Tyler Flynn

    Intern writers
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

         One of the first commercial ventures to be featured at Roanoke Valley's Explore Park in five years is getting its first hoof in the door.
         Spiritrider Covered Wagon Rides is preparing for its opening on Memorial Day weekend.

  • By Laura Enderson

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    Cruzin Downtown Bedford

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    Cruzin Downtown Bedford

  •     The Sedalia Center exists because of the vision of Bill and Annis McCabe.

        The couple purchased the former school building from the county at an auction more than 20 years ago with the idea of turning it into an arts center in a rural setting. They shortly got it rolling, setting it up as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization with a board of directors. It runs entirely on donations, the proceeds of festivals and volunteers — lots of volunteers.

  •     They’re big, loud and have bulging red eyes. There are millions of them and wildlife as well as pet dogs think they are delicious. A few people have even admitted to eating them.

        The cicadas are here!

  • The Bedford Christian Free Clinic faces challenges as it prepares to mark its 20th anniversary on May 7.    

        “We have had a shortage of volunteers and it continues,” commented Don Craighead, the clinic’s executive director.

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    For information of events and activities at area churches, see the church news section in this week's paper. For information on monthly/weekly meeting times for groups see the meeting notice section.

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  • Clara Burnette isn’t one to give up easily.
        That’s why after 13 months of work and 6,000 pieces of a puzzle, she finally got that last piece placed. She started the puzzle of Noah’s Ark on Jan. 24, 2011, and finished Feb. 24, 2012.

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  • The Bedford Pregnancy Center is happy with its new home.

        Located in a renovated house directly across East Main Street from The Bedford Columns, the Center is centrally located and easy to find. The Pregnancy Center actually moved in on Nov. 14, according to Lori Lewis, the Center’s director but work remained to tailor the building to their specific needs. Supporters of the Pregnancy Center got a tour of the finished effort after a fundraising dinner, on March 24, which raised $40,000.

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