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  • Altavista woman helped with rescue

        This past week Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies were able to identify an unknown female who assisted Cpl. Sonny Daniels in the life saving efforts of a child at Smith Mountain Lake.
        Brandi Hudson, of Altavista, teamed up with Cpl. Daniels and together saved this child’s life. After the child responded Hudson, who is a surgical nurse and a mother of three children, left the area without giving her name.

  • LU to refurbish D-Day display

        The L-3 “Grasshopper” that has been on display at the National D-Day Memorial was in need of some work. The fabric-skinned little airplane has been exposed to the elements for nearly 18 years.

  • Right place, right time

        To a certain extent, police officers are never really off duty.

        Even when they are officially off duty, they respond immediately if they see something happening in front of them. That’s what happened, Sunday, when Corporal Sonny Daniels, of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, was enjoying some time off at Smith Mountain Lake at the state park’s beach.
        “I heard a lady scream,” he said.

  • Raintree holds community day event

        Raintree Village Apartments held its fourth annual community day Friday. 

  • Area youth enjoy Cop Camp

        This year’s Cop Camp included notices advising people not to be alarmed if they heard explosions behind Bedford Middle School.

        That’s because, as always, Cop Camp included a demonstration on Tuesday and Wednesday morning of explosives by the Virginia State Police bomb disposal unit.

  • Police looking for man accused of assaulting woman

    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. 

  • Search for missing boy has sad ending

         It was a sad end to the search for a 2-year-old missing child Thursday afternoon after law enforcement officials confirmed that divers had located the missing boy’s body around 1 p.m. at Smith Mountain Lake.
        The body of August Farley was found at 12:55 p.m. near a dock at the Lake. The family is from Texas and has been renting a home at the Lake. The ending was not what the more than 150 first responders had hoped for who participated in the search and many were visibly upset after learning of the outcome.

  • Martins volunteer at The Greenbrier

    Debby and Danny Martin have walked The Greenbrier with some of the world’s best golfers.

        Since the resort started hosting a PGA tour event in 2010, they have served as volunteers during the week. The Bedford couple was there again this week, navigating the course as an official walking scorer (Danny) and a Standard Bearer (Debby).
        Danny’s job is to record each shot taken by the golfers during the round and Debby carries the scoreboard to inform spectators of the golfers’ scores in their group.

  • A sad end to search for missing child

     

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    It was a sad end to the search for a 2-year-old missing child Thursday afternoon after law enforcement officials confirmed that divers had located the missing boy's body around 1 p.m. at Smith Mountain Lake.

    The body of August Farley was found at 12:55 p.m. near a dock at the Lake. The family is from Texas and has been renting a home at SML.

     

  • Walker receives prestigious FAA award

        Charlie Walker, a Lake area resident, received the prestigious Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award at a meeting of the Smith Mountain Lake Pilots Club Thursday evening.