Today's News

  • N.C. man pleads to robbery of Forest bank

    A 20-year-old North Carolina man could face up to life in prison after pleading guilty in Bedford County Circuit Court Tuesday to robbing a Forest bank last February.

        William M. Smitherman of Clemmons, N.C., pleaded guilty to robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in connection with the Feb. 3, 2009, robbery of SunTrust Bank. He also faces bank robbery charges in Galax and Roanoke.

  • Bedford Memorial Hospital goes totally tobacco free

    Bedford Memorial Hospital has been a smoke-free facility for a long time, but that policy has now expanded.

        Beginning on March 1, the hospital became a tobacco-free facility. Not only is smoking banned inside the hospital, it’s also banned outside on hospital grounds. And not only is smoking banned, using smokeless tobacco is also now against regulations.

        “We call it tobacco-free because it covers smokeless,” said Curtis Lynch, the director of facilities services.

  • Woman guilty in death of live-in boyfriend

    A Bedford County woman who says she can’t remember what happened to her live-in-boyfriend who was found dead of a gunshot wound in January 2009 could face up to 10 years in prison after being found guilty Tuesday of voluntary manslaughter in connection with the case.

  • Hate mail

        You’ve probably found e-mails like this in your in-box. Somebody from Nigeria wants you to help him with a financial transaction involving huge amounts of money. Or, you get one informing you that you have won some international lottery that you never entered.

  • Letters

    Perfect storm

        For Governor Bob McDonnell, it’s a “perfect storm.”  Virginia’s budget tanks.  He’s elected by a landslide, having made no secret about his conservative legislation and leanings.  Like all conservatives, McDonnell believes less is better relating to government and he hates taxes for government services.  Solution?  Axe public school funding:  Not a dime of tax-payers’ hard-earned money spent, never mind the consequences.

  • The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting temporary, part-time census takers for the 2010 Census

    Starting next week, households across America will start receiving forms for the 2010 Census. Every 10 years, as defined in the Constitution, the Census takes a snapshot of our population, determining how many people reside within the nation's borders, who they are, and where they live. The results help determine your representation in government, as well as how federal funds are spent in your community on things like roads, parks, housing, schools, and public safety.

  • Stopping job killing energy regulations and taxes

    Late last year the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took the first steps toward a national energy tax by writing anti-growth regulations that make carbon dioxide – something that is necessary to sustain life on earth – a regulated pollutant under the Clean Air Act.  This backdoor attempt to institute a national energy tax will stifle economic growth and kill jobs, especially in the manufacturing, transportation, energy, and agricultural sectors.  Now more than ever, with the national unemployment rate hovering around 10 percent and 15 million Americans looking for

  • Conference committee now merging Senate and House versions of budget

    We are one week away from our final newsletter which will mark the end of the 2010 General Assembly session.  With the final week of the General Assembly session approaching, senators and delegates are moving quickly toward completing final work on legislation.

  • Guns always win in the legislature

        Over the years I’ve learned not to expect much in the way of progressive legislation from the Virginia General Assembly. It just doesn’t happen.

        Most of the Republican legislators are hard-core conservatives, given to all of the peculiar obsessions that implies. Far too many of the Democrats are so busy promoting their “Virginia Democrat” stance that they talk and vote just like the Republicans.

  • It's finally time: Earnest trial set for March 23

    After more than two years since his arrest, the first-degree murder trial against Wesley Brian Earnest is set to begin in less than three weeks. On Tuesday, Earnest was in court for a hearing on several pre-trial motions, including one regarding a 2005 journal entry written by his wife who he is  accused of killing in December 2007.