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Today's News

  • Horse, hound and camels?

        The annual Horse and Hound Wine Festival filled a pasture at Johnson’s Orchard with adults, children and dogs on a hot, humid Saturday afternoon.

        Danny Johnson, whose father and grandfather planted the first apple trees there in 1918, estimated the crowd at 3,500 people. It was a perfect day — the first rain-free Saturday in some time. It was also scorching hot, but that’s normal as it’s always hot for Horse and Hound.

  • Council honors Rev. Henderson

        Bedford Town Council honored the Rev. Henry Henderson last week. The Rev. Henderson has been pastor of Washington Street Baptist Church for 50 years.

        The proclamation that Mayor Steve Rush read mentioned Rev. Henderson’s accomplishments over the years. He had a radio ministry on WBLT and was a leader in the work to establish the Shepherd’s Table. He counseled youth and adults as part of the Prison Ministry Team.

  • Raintree holds Community Day event

        Raintree Apartments held its annual Community Day on Friday.

        It’s a day for families to meet various organizations around town that can help them. It’s also an opportunity for adults and children to meet local law enforcement in a friendly environment. The town’s bike patrol was there and the sheriff’s office had its big green tactical vehicle there. It was opened up and proved popular with children.

  • Expanding its influence

        EastLake Community Church in Moneta will be showcasing its new property this weekend as it hosts two events—a Newsong concert and fireworks display on July 5 and BeastLake 5K and Obstacle Course on July 6.

        The events will be an opportunity for the community to enjoy the July 4 weekend as well as see what’s taking shape on the 160-acre property the church purchased several years ago off Hendricks Store Road.

  • Turning 100

        The English Meadows Elks National Home Campus held a birthday party for Joe Goode, a long time resident, last week. Goode turned 100 on June 30.

        A request for birthday cards that was in a story that WSET did, along with a similar request posted on the English Meadows website, went viral. The result was that Goode got more than 5,000 birthday cards.

  • Arriving in style

        Ken and Wendy Wilson have opened a limo service at the Lake. It’s called Fortunex Limousine.

        According to Wendy Wilson, they offer a variety of services. They pick people up at airports. When she does this, she makes sure she watches the flight numbers and, if the flight is delayed, she waits.

  • Bedford Metro advances to state championship game in dramatic final inning comeback

    Bedford Metro, the last remaining area team in the Dixie Youth Baseball 9-and-10 year old state tournament, advanced to the championship game with a dramatic final inning victory on Tuesday night over South Hill.

    It was the third one-run victory for the team in tournament play and the second consecutive sixth inning victory by a 7-6 score.

  • From engineer to author

        Ron Sisson, an electrical engineer, worked for General Electric in Lynchburg for 20 years.

        He started writing children’s books four years ago and based his book “Lost on Big Otter,” published last year, on a misadventure that he had with his children on the Big Otter River while he worked in this area.

  • Getting ready for Christmas

    It’s a little over five months until Christmas, but the Bedford Community Christmas Station is already thinking of the holiday.

        Actually, the volunteers who work with the Christmas Station are thinking about Christmas year-round. Fundraising is a year-long effort to make sure they have the cash to buy the items they will need.

  • Bedford man guilty of assaulting infant

        A Bedford man, accused of sexually assaulting a 3-month-old infant will spend nine years in prison after entering an Alford plea to the charge of forcible sodomy July 2 in Bedford Circuit Court.

        Judge James Updike found Coleman Isaiah Ramsey guilty of the charge, sentencing him to 30 years in prison with 21 years of that sentence suspended, as part of the plea agreement made. Three other felony charges related to the case were dropped as part of that agreement.