•     Some of the Bedford area’s World War II veterans served in the armed forces of America’s allies. One of them is David Mends. Now, 93, Mends lives in Huddleston and he has actually emigrated to the United States twice.

  •     Like a lot of folks in Bedford County, Richard Franklin has spent more than his share of time hunting.

        “I was born with a pistol in my hand,” he jokes.

  • By Peter Sawyer

    Intern Writer

        The Bedford Genealogical Society is offering a class in Beginning Genealogy this Spring at the Library.
        In the 1990s more than 1,500 cemeteries in Bedford County were surveyed.  Members state the organization has tried to record the graves of the people in the cemeteries, and has 37,000 names in its database.

  • By Peter Sawyer

    Intern Writer

        Sherry Gammon considers the children she takes care of at her home family.
        She and her husband Wayne began offering home-based child care in 1978.  They currently run Sherry’s Kids out of their home in the New London area.
        “We’ve lived off of it for the past 20 years.  This is my lifeline,” Sherry Gammon said. “It’s a God-called business.  I love it.”

  • By Peter Sawyer

    Intern writer

        For more than 10 years, Couples and Kids has provided counseling services for the underinsured in the Central Virginia area.
        “We started out with one patient, and now we have served over 3,000,” Couples and Kids Executive Director Norma White said.

  • By Peter Sawyer
    Intern writer

    Area churches are leaving the comfort of the pews in an effort to reach local sportsmen.

  •     When Bedford Lutheran Church bought property on Burks Hill Road to build a church, members saw themselves as buying land that happened to have a house on it, according to the Rev. Stephen Schulz, the church’s pastor.

        After learning more about the badly dilapidated old house, they had a major change of opinion. They discovered not only that the house was structurally solid, but that they had a historic home.

  • By Peter Sawyer
    Intern writer

        Bear Frazer, based in Bedford, hopes to break into the movie industry with his recent pitch film The Bam Theory.
        Frazer is from New York, but moved to Bedford with his family in 2001.  Frazer said he was always interested in writing and was creative as a child, but his interest in screenwriting started in 2002 when he bought books on screenwriting.  He also began writing and studying scripts.

  • When Danny and Nancy Johnson, of Johnson’s Orchards, got married in 1961, the Rev. Eugene Campbell performed the ceremony. When the Johnsons' son, Shannon, and his wife, Donna, exchanged their vows, the Rev. Eugene Campbell officiated. When the Johnsons' grandson, Jordon, and his wife, Lindsey, were married at the end of last year, the Rev. Eugene Campbell married them.

        It helps to have a pastor in the family.

  • Haiti is hot and humid all the time, although it can get down into the 60s on the little country’s central plateau. Diseases are a problem — malaria, tuberculosis, typhoid, some hepatitis, tetanus. Nevertheless, Bob Routh and Adele Dellavalle-Routh are frequent visitors. Most years, they go down there twice.

  •     Mary Bruce Terry, 83, of Bedford, died Monday, Nov. 15, 2010 at her residence. She was born March 23, 1927 a daughter of the late Carl Bruce and Julia King Bruce.

        Mary was a loyal member of Longwood Avenue Baptist Church and loved her church. She ran Terryland Nursery for many years.
        In addition to her parents Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Tech. Sgt. William Robert Terry, and a great-grand daughter, Marissa Burnette; also two sisters and four brothers.

  •     Bryant Counseling has a counselor whose life has taken her to a variety of places, including a few years in Armenia.

        Avery Flory, a North Carolina native, originally received a degree in economics from Queens University in Charlotte, N.C. She followed a career in that field that included working as a fundraiser for a hospital and a stint selling securities. Over the years, however, her focus changed. She went back to school after her children grew up, earned a master’s degree in counseling and began practicing in 2000.

  • Dr. Samir Ghobrial has been working in Bedford for a long time.
        “It will be 21 years come January 1,” he said.

        During those years he has delivered about 3,000 babies. Before Bedford Memorial Hospital closed its maternity ward, Dr. Ghobrial found himself occasionally delivering the babies of babies he had delivered at the beginning of his practice here.

  •     Keith Coles Jr., a 12-year-old who lives in Bedford, is alive today because somebody in New York chose to be an organ donor.

  • Girl:  “What are you rebelling against, Johnny?”

    Johnny Strabler: “What do you got?”
        -Scene from “The Wild One”

        Marlon Brando’s depiction of Johnny Strabler helped sear  the image of the tough motorcyclist into the consciousness of the American public.
        Motorcycle gangs such as Hell’s Angels, the Pagans and other “Outlaw Motorcycle Groups,” have done little to change that image.

  • Louise Noell lives in a nice comfortable home today, but her early years were rough.

        Noell was born in Appomattox on Sept. 24, 1910, a daughter of Joseph O’Brien, a Bedford native. Noell originally started school there, but had to leave school after third grade in order to help care for her siblings — four brothers and two sisters — after her mother’s death.

  • Patrick Henry Boys & Girls Plantation has a new executive director. Local residents had a chance to meet him at a meet and greet at their Bedford facility, located on Dickerson Mill Road, this past Saturday.

  • The New London Airport will have its 41st annual Down-Home Fly In this Sunday.

        It’s a special day because it falls on the birthday of the airport’s founder. Rucker Tibbs turns 87 that day — at least, Tibbs says he will turn 87 that day if his wife doesn’t kill him first.

  • Boy Scout Troop 183 is celebrating its anniversary this weekend.

        The troop started in 1957 and was originally sponsored by St. John’s Episcopal Church. Harold Wilkes was the first scout master and the Rev. G. William Beale was rector of St. John’s at the time. The troop became associated with Bedford Presbyterian Church in the 1980s and both churches jointly sponsor it. They meet in a facility owned by Bedford Presbyterian on Center Street. It is the oldest continuing troop in the Bedford area.

  • A bout of bad health may have saved a man’s life nearly 70 years ago.