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When Loretta Barrious Larsen participated in the 1956 Melbourne, Australia Olympics, synchronized swimming was an exhibition team feature. more
Andy H. Smith served in the U.S. Air Force from 1970 to 1974. Amy Martin recently presented him with a Quilt of Valor to honor his military service. more
James Lewis Short served in the U.S. Army from 1975 to 1995. Amy Martin recently presented him with a Quilt of Valor to honor his military service. more
Criteria for students to attend Bedford County Virtual School, being conducted by teachers from Cascade Middle, must be in good academic standing. There is an entire list of criteria on Bedford County School System’s website. “As a principal, I feel that it’s my responsibility and that it’s fair to students to use a wider lens when I’m looking at students for BCVS, because last year was such a crazy year,” said principal Meredith Gilliland recently... more
Bill May celebrated his 95th birthday on Saturday, July 31, which is his actual birthdate. It was a small family celebration hosted by his wife, Mary May, at their home in the Pleasant Grove community.  His wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren said recently how they’re thankful and blessed to be able to wish this special member of their family a happy birthday. ... more
Dads are special, but grandpas are many times moved forward in rank by granddaughters. Grandfather AKA “pawpaw,” Keith White, is no exception with granddaughters Haylee (big sister) and Hollyn (little sister.) We celebrate those grandpas today with a photo shoot conducted by area photographer Bethany Hamlett. We’ve also included a recipe for some delicious cookies to serve with your next tea event... more
During her years singing southern gospel, Charlotte Richie gained national attention as the soprano singer for legendary gospel group, The Nelons. She will present her message in music during Shiloh’s homecoming services Sunday, Aug. 1. Kevin Williams, who has been associated with Gaither music for most of his career, will join Ritchie at 10:15 a.m... more
It’s that time of year when families will be working and racing home to get meals on the table—more so than usual with school starting back next week. Families will be jetting out the door for gymnastics, football or soccer games and practices. There may even be a parent-teacher conference from time to time... more
The Green Thumb Challenge was held again this year at the Bedford County Fair, featuring 35 entries. The purpose of the challenge is to help decorate the fair grounds and to develop the horticulture department of the fair. There were four divisions: individual, youth, business or organization and garden club... more
Nate Simmons was busy recently playing music for passers-by on the historic public square. Nate’s mission each summer is to collect funds for local teachers to use in their classrooms. One reader was quite impressed that such a young man would give his time as such for others. Nate is the son of Josh and Carrie Simmons. more
The sales tax weekend is upon us, but it is still beneficial for residents to support local merchants. The year 2020 was a difficult one for businesses and this might just be a good time for all to give back to the community in their quest for back-to-school items. more
Volunteer Garden Club members met at the Farm Bureau Building in  July for their annual picnic. Judy Pierce and Aleitha Kimbro were chairpersons. Everyone brought covered dishes. Alice Jensen did a presentation on horticulture.  Previously the club met at the home of Judy Pierce where members enjoyed her beautiful landscaping. Ann Spencer was our chairperson. Hostesses for that day were Ardis Caffey, June Gilmore and Margaret Hicks... more
Hershel Thrasher recently received a Quilt of Valor for his service in the U.S. Navy from 1961-65. Rose Hasty of Shelbyville made the quilt. more
Tony Gray Brown, who served in the U.S. Army from 1969-71, was wrapped in a Quilt of Valor. more
Summer gatherings call for a refreshing, fruity punch for a warm, sunny day. Spritzers with sparkling bubbles, fruity teas with southern tradition and lemon and limeades with tart pop are the signature drinks. If short on time and energy, look for a recipe that uses a frozen juice concentrate instead of pureeing fresh fruit or use a commercially bottled tea and liven it up with fruity additions... more
Bedford County Economic Director Shane Hooper was recently wrapped with a Quilt of Valor for his service from 1993 to 1997 in the U.S. Marines. “We are fortunate to have Shane working for the betterment of our community!” said Amy Martin, QOV representative who presented the quilt. more
July is peach season. Nothing says summer like a juicy, refreshing, sweet peach and they're coming in fast and furious right now. We are lucky to have nearby orchards where you can pick your own or you can take the lazy route like I did and get the pre-picked or you can pick some up at your local market! I came home and canned eleven pints for the fall and winter... more
Bedford County Fair president Judy Gambill and board member Christine Pyrdom recently presented a copy of the 2021 Fair program book to County Mayor Chad Graham. The fair will be held July 19-24 at Bedford County Agriculture and Education Center on Midland Road, with live music, livestock shows, agricultural exhibits, a carnival midway and other fun and educational activities... more
Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church members and guests note they've been having a blast this summer with "Summer Family Nights" every Wednesday. The program runs through July 28. "Rocky Railway" Vacation Bible School has been conducted for the kids and youth and "Bystander" DVD Bible Study has been held for adults. ... more
Whether an early riser, lunch-time picnicker or planning to be out late on a date this July 4, we have some summer recipes (courtesy of The Dairy Alliance)to get you started. Serve with a drizzle of warmed milk or cream. Add toppings like fresh berries, dried fruits and chopped nuts... more
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