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Today's News

  • Restoring the promise of America

    As we mark Labor Day we take the time to honor the ingenuity and perseverance of America’s workers.

     

    Of course, ours are the best workers in the world, and given a level playing field, they can compete and win against anyone. 

     

  • GOP has abandoned the middle class

        It’s important to have a sense of humor in life, but there are so many absurdities coming out of the Republican Party now that make one unsure as to whether to laugh or cry.

        Two recent events, seemingly unrelated, demonstrate once again what a straightjacket, hard-core party of extremists the GOP has become.

  • Time for a cease fire

        It’s been over a year now since Dr. William McIntosh, the former director of the National D-Day Memorial, stirred up all sorts of anger and discontent by putting up a bust of Uncle Joe at the National D-Day Memorial. I’m not talking about Joe Biden, I’m talking about another bolshevik, Joe Stalin.

  • Preliminary hearing rescheduled in motorcycle crash case

    A preliminary hearing for the Bedford woman charged with two counts of felony maiming, DUI, in connection with an incident that occurred over Memorial Day weekend has been rescheduled for Oct. 26 at 1:30 p.m. in General District Court.

        That hearing had originally been set for August 31.

  • Man enters plea to abduction charge

    A 77-year-old Bedford man pleaded no contest Friday to abducting a 22-year-old woman in April.

        According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Mark Robinette, Emory Hale was driving on Independence Boulevard on April 20 when he spotted the woman walking along the side of the road. Hale stopped and asked the woman, who was walking to her job at Arby’s, if she wanted a ride to work.

  • Man pleads guilty to embezzlement

        A Lynchburg man, charged with embezzling as much as $10,000 from the Quick E Food store on Forest Road, pleaded guilty Friday to the charge in Bedford County Circuit Court.

        Michael Davis, 63, admitted that while he worked as a clerk in the store for about six months he would pocket cash used to pay for cigarettes and beer by customers, rather than ringing those purchases up at the cash register.
        However, his lawyer, Michael Lonchar, disputed the amount that was taken, stating it was more like $3,000.

  • Some details of shooting revealed at bond hearing

        Two different accounts as to what happened during a fatal shooting on Johnson Mountain Road last month began to be presented during a bond hearing  last Thursday for Michael Thomas Loboschefski, who is charged with first degree murder in the incident.

         Loboschefski’s friends and attorney state the shots he fired came in self defense; Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance states the accounts surrounding the shooting are inconsistent and self serving.

  • Local man makes feature-length film

        Red Cloud Productions, based in Forest, has released its first full length movie, called The Potential Inside. The movie was made entirely in Bedford County.

        “I’m the producer, director and one of the key actors in the film,” commented Scotty Curlee, who founded the company.

  • Shifflett receives suspended sentence

        Deborah Shifflett, widow of the late Jeffrey Shifflett, won’t be spending any time in jail, providing she maintains good behavior and pays $7,500 in restitution to the Hardy Volunteer Fire Department.

        Earlier this year, Shifflett pleaded no contest to seven misdemeanor charges of interference with property rights. She had originally faced 13 felony embezzlement charges.

  • Underwood stops by Bedford

    So what was actor Blair Underwood and a camera crew doing in Bedford last Thursday?


        They weren’t talking about their project, but a recent post on Underwood’s official Facebook page might give a clue. Or it might not. No one's talking.
        Underwood and a small camera crew were filming in front of the Bedford County Courthouse. In the scene he emerges from the courthouse entrance and begins telling viewers what he has found out.
        So what was he looking for?