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Today's News

  • County man sentenced to 48 years

    A Bedford County man faces 48 years in prison following conviction and sentencing by a jury.

    Michael Nicholas Bowden, 20, stood trial in Bedford County Circuit Court, Tuesday, charged with unlawfully detaining Kelli Beamer, also 20, choking her with his hands and raping her. The incident occurred at his father's home on Feb. 22.

    According to court testimony, the two had a relationship for several years. Beamer testified that it had been sexual since they were 16. The sex occurred at either Bowden's father's house or at Beamer's parents' house.

  • Breaking: Man dies in logging accident in Montvale

    A 69-year-old Botetourt County man died following a logging accident Friday morning in Montvale.

    The accident occurred around 9:30 a.m. Friday in a remote area in Montvale off Partridge Lane, in the Goose Creek Valley area. Montvale fire and rescue crews responded to the scene.

    Killed in the accident was Haden Lee Dunbar, 69, of Webster Road. The man was described as a long-time employee of Eddie Dooley Inc., a Blue Ridge logging company.

  • Breaking - Man sentenced to 48 years

    A Bedford County man faces 48 years in prison following his conviction and sentencing by a jury in Bedford County Circuit Court this week.

    Michael Nicholas Bowdon, 20, stood trial Tuesday, charged with unlawfully detaining Kelli Beamer, also 20, choking her with his hands and raping her. The incident occurred at his father's home on Feb. 22.

    According to court testimony, the two had a relationship for several years. Beamer testified that it had been sexual since they were 16. The sex occurred at either Bowdon's father's house or at Beamer's parents' house.

  • River alum LaBrie taken by Nationals

    While many new college graduates are finding themselves starting out in a cubicle, a laboratory or a hospital, one local college grad will start out his new career in a place where many of us dream: third base.

    Ronnie LaBrie, a recent graduate of Lynchburg College, hopes to make his mark in the ranks of professional baseball following his being selected by the Washington Nationals in this spring's draft.

  • Future stars queue up for Liberty camps

    Just because schools are out doesn't mean learning has to come to an end.

    Area youth converged on sports camps last week in an effort to fortify their knowledge, skills and abilities by picking the brains of local coaches and high school players. Baseball, basketball and soccer camps had folks hopping all week.

    One of the Minutemen coaching the lads was Aaron Lafon, Liberty's catcher. "I want to help the little kids get better and get better myself," said Lafon, himself an attendee at the same camp many years ago.

  • Forest-heavy Post 217 starts Legion run

    You might be excused if you confuse this season's Big Island Post 217 American Legion ball club with the Jefferson Forest squad that just wrapped up its Seminole run a couple of weeks ago. Both teams feature many of the same faces. Given that the Cavs won both the District regular season and tournament titles means that's not such a bad thing. Layer in some top-notch talent from Liberty and sprinkle in some college-level players and the team looks to be a strong one.

  • Cubs will end century of pain--Commentary

    2008 will be the Year of the Cub.

    This is the year that will end the century-long misery affair that Cubs fans have had with the North Siders.

    Many, many times over the past forty years, I've been joined by millions of Cub rooters in having our hearts broken.

    My wife, having sat through the Cubs? meltdown in the 2003 NLCS (some call it the Bartman series, though he only merits scant blame), remarked, "I don't see how you can stand it. It gives me agita."

    Naturally, fans that have endured such disappointments tend to grasp at straws.

  • Letters

    Thanks for donations

    Bedford Christian Ministries would like to thank everyone in the community who donated food to the recent Letter Carrier's Food Drive; Charles Obenchain at the Post Office who coordinated this effort in Bedford, and Boy Scout Troop 745 who assisted volunteers at BCM when the food was delivered there.

    This food will be distributed to the hungry in Bedford City and County.

    Linda Daniel

    Task Force Coordinator, BCM

  • America needs a real energy policy

    Energy is vital to every sector of the U.S. economy, including homes, small businesses and industries. Energy powers computers, appliances, technology and the Internet and fuels transportation and farming. When energy supplies are tight, families and businesses are severely impacted by the resulting increase in energy costs.

  • Preparing for emergencies and disasters

    In my last article I reminded you of important things to do during severe weather. Today, I want to go a little further. Does your family have a plan for emergencies? Do you have all the supplies you would need if you had to leave your home in an emergency? Do you have a first aid kit?