June 2020: Year In Review

(UNDATED) – In June 2020. a beloved pediatrician was celebrated with a reverse parade, Otis Park Golf Course welcomed a new golf professional, a fair queen was crowned, and the stormwater project was completed on J Street in Bedford.

Dr. George Sorrells Celebrated with Reverse Parade

On June 6, 2020, the community celebrated the retirement of Bedford Pediatrician Dr. George Sorrells with a reverse parade.

Dr. George Sorrells

Dr. Sorrells has served the children of Lawrence County for more than 55 years. The event was held at the Bedford Camp and Conference Center.

The camp is one of Dr. Sorrells’ loves along with the children he has treated over the years.

John Bertges Named Golf Pro At Otis Park

In June 2020, John Bertges was named Golf Pro at Otis Park.

John Bertges

In 1989, Bertges got involved professionally in the game. He served as Director of Golf in Jasper, Indiana prior to being hired as the Golf Pro at Otis

Victoria Cain Crowned 2020 Lawrence County Fair Queen

Victoria Cain was crowned the 2020 Lawrence County Fair Queen on Saturday, June 27, 2020.

Left to right: Second Runner Up and Miss Congeniality Katie Sons, Queen Victoria Cain, First Runner Up Sarah Boaz, courtesy photo

First Runner Up was Sarah Boaz. Second Runner Up and Miss Congeniality was Katie Sons.

Stormwater Project On J Street Completed

The stormwater project on J Street in Bedford was completed in June 2020.

The limestone walls around the area caved in and the connection of stormwater, sanitary sewer, and water all had to be worked on.

The stormwater repair work was performed by Infrastructure Systems for $75,512.

Steve Backs Receives Chase S. Osborn Award

Steve Backs, a wildlife research biologist with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish and Wildlife, was awarded the 2020 recipient of the Chase S. Osborn Award in June 2020.

The Chase S. Osborn Award in Wildlife Conservation is presented by Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources to an individual who, by writing, research, teaching, or other personal accomplishments has made significant contributions to wildlife conservation in the state of Indiana.

Backs, of Mitchell, has been with the DNR since 1979 and has a long history of conservation efforts including researching gamebirds, forest wildlife habitats, deer, other wildlife species, and the elimination of wild pigs.