Today's Features

  • By Patricia Held
    Contributing Writer

        Almost every day during the summer months we hear about another enormous forest fires raging in a Western state.
        The descriptions and stories of colossal lines of fire rolling over the landscape sound unimaginable to East Coast dwellers, but are an unfortunate normal summer occurrence out West.

  •     Bobby Dinwiddie Jr., was watching a live stream of events from Pearl Harbor, on Dec. 7, 2016, commemorating the 1941 Japanese attack on the ships of our Pacific Fleet, when the urge to do something he had long wanted to do came over him. It wasn’t a trip to Pearl Harbor or any place in the Pacific.

        “I said, ‘I’ve got to go to Normandy’,” Dinwiddie explained.

  • On Wednesday, July 11, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Bedford Memorial Hospital advising a woman was being treated in their emergency room. 

  •     The group calls itself “Silver Notes” and it’s sponsored by Bedford County Parks and Recreation. 

        Members of the group, all retirees, came up with the name because that’s the color of their hair. The group has been singing at nursing homes and assisted living facilities since 2009.
        “Gail and I started it,” said Alana Obenchain.
        Gail is Gail St. Clair, one of the group’s members.

  • A Forest realtor, Martin Donovan, is in the process of bringing Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church back to life.
        Ultimately he hopes to see the church have a pastor and congregation, although it won’t have United Methodist in its name anymore. It will be Mt. Carmel Church.
        The United Methodist Church sold the old church, which sits at the T-intersection of Perrowville Road and Coffee Road, to Donovan. Donovan said he heard the United Methodist Church was selling the building and bought it.

  •     Sara Ernst loves working with children.

        A children’s photographer for 16 years in the Forest area, she has added being a children’s author to her resumé.
        Last year she wrote her first children’s book, “Dragons Really Do Love Tea.” She had a book signing at Givens Little Dickens Books last summer  which helped make the book a success.

  •     Toddstock 7.0 is the 70th birthday celebration of musician and producer, Todd Rundgren.
        The Sedalia area is serving as host for this private, week-long celebration that will take place between Mountain Run Farm and The Sedalia Center June 17-23.

  •     Bedford artist Lisa Floyd has created what she calls the SML Community Painting.

        It’s in the form of a pictorial map that shows Smith Mountain Lake area businesses, sights and icons. One of the icons is “Freedom” the eight-foot tall fiberglass rooster on Scruggs Road that caused quite a stir when a local businessman first set it up.

  •     Walter Gross, of Gross’ Orchard, found it disturbing when Laurel Grove Presbyterian Church closed its doors in 2011. Although Gross is a Baptist, he attended Laurel Grove as a boy. The church is located directly across Wheat’s Valley Road from his orchard’s sales area.

  • Wow. The culmination of over 10 years of superhero storytelling finally came to a head. The Mad Titan Thanos truly began his quest for the infinity stones and to take down the Avengers.

    There are no major spoilers of Avengers: Infinity War in this review–because I am an above average human being–but there are spoilers for every other Marvel movie.