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Today's News

  • Embezzler gets three years in prison

        A Forest woman will spend three years in prison for embezzling $109,000 from Witt Mechanical over a four year period, starting in 2009.
        Vicki Elkins McPhearson, 60, was employed by Witt as a bookkeeper and embezzled the money between September, 2009, and June, 2013 when the thefts were discovered.
        Jeff Witt, Witt Mechanical’s owner, testified, at McPhearson’s sentencing hearing Tuesday morning about the damage the embezzlement caused his business.

  • Joppy’s opens where ‘Duchess’ used to be

        You’ve probably noticed that building that used to house the Duchess of Bedford has a different name on it – Joppy’s.

  • An American dream

        If you visit Bella Italia and ask to speak to the owner you will get a surprise. A young man will come out of the kitchen wearing an apron and you may think he’s a waiter. He’s not. That’s Giovanni Baiada and he is the owner.

        Actually, he and his aunt, Lori Giambanco, co-own the restaurant. Giambanco owns Lori’s Italian Grill, in Forest, and she helped Baiada get financing for Bella Italia.
        “I used to work for her,” Baiada said.

  • Time to spruce up the Memorial

        The National D-Day Memorial could use a little help from its friends as it prepares to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day this year.

  • The Snow Arrives

    Blame it on El Niño.

        According to the National Weather Service’s Blacksburg office, the pattern of weather we’ve seen this winter is typical of a neutral El Niño as streams of moisture and blasts of cold try to get together. This couple finally made a match just before Valentine’s Day.

  • Council begins work on budget

    Bedford Town Council got to work this week dissecting a proposed budget from town staff that raises electric rates by 2 percent, but leaves real estate property taxes at its current rate.
        Town Manager Charles Kolakowski presented his budget to council last week and work on it was scheduled to begin in earnest by council yesterday during a work session.

  • Chairman questions abstentions

        The Feb. 10 Board of Supervisors regular meeting marks the third time recently that District 1 Supervisor Bill Thomasson has abstained on a vote.
        At that meeting Thomasson abstained on a vote to transfer 69 acres of the former Camp 24 site to the Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) for a new water treatment plant.
        That vote comes after Thomasson abstained, last month, on a vote to advertise the public hearing for the land transfer. 

  • Like a school of sharks

     

    There's no "team" in "swim."

    Unless, of course, those swimmers don the red and black of Jefferson Forest.

    The floatin' Foresters were back in action this past weekend, kicking up a storm in the 4A-North Regional championships, at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center.

    And while only one Cav struck individual gold, the team rose up as one to push the team into high standing.

    How's this grab ya?  The Lady Cavs took second place, while the guys took third.

  • Sports Commentary: We hardly knew ye

     

    I never really got to know Bruce Cassels.  And now, he's gone.

    Cassels passed away last week.  I'm told he was felled by a heart attack.  A youngish 63, Cassels could outrun some of the kids he coached:  His physical condition was that good.

    Regrettably, he couldn't outrun the silent predator that overcame him with a too-soon death.

  • Glass dominates Conference 24 track

     

    As far as Jefferson Forest's track team is concerned, this new post-season setup bears little difference to the old.

    "In a lot of ways, (the Conference 24 meet) is the same as districts," said JF distance ace Erin Saunders.  "The big 'same' is that Glass is still here."

    Indeed, the Hilltoppers were out in force at Sunday's conference meet.