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Today's News

  • Hotel, conference center may be built

    A hotel/conference center is in the works for Bedford.

    Norris Blanks, a developer with homes in Washington, D. C. and Lynchburg, wants to build the facility off Burks Hill Road across from the Welcome Center. It will be on a three acre parcel behind the Citgo station and will overlook U. S. 460. Its entrance will be from Burks Hill Road.

    Blanks said the hotel will probably be a Hampton Inn.

    "It's more of an upscale, midline accommodation," said Blanks. "It's the most popular mid-range hotel."

  • Teen receives juvenile sentence for sex crimes

    A Bedford teen, who pleaded no contest to four counts of aggravated sexual battery will face juvenile penalties for his crime.

    The charges against Joshua Lovell, now 15, stem from incidents that occurred with two young girls, ages 2 and 3, who were under the care of his mother. Direct indictments landed Lovell in Bedford County Circuit Court, rather than Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, where he was tried as an adult.

    Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Wes Nance called the victims' parents to the stand.

  • Bringing out the best

    Bringing some of her own old family photos back to life gave the impetus for a Lake-area woman's new business.

    Cheryl Smith-Clifton opened Smith Mountain Lake Photo Restoration last summer, working out of her home in the Radford Church area. Last month, she opened an office on North Bridge Street, in Bedford. She now divides her work time between her home office and the Bedford office.

  • Commentary--the warriors among us

    I recently became aware of a fascinating Web site, "Baseball in Wartime" (baseballinwartime.com). It's run by a fellow named Gary Bedingfield, an Englishman who lives in Scotland.

    The site contains scads of information related to the wartime experiences of baseball players and the baseball experiences of those that helped to win the war. As the focus is on World War II, there is a good amount on some of the men from Bedford that marched off to a destiny rife with valor and sacrifice.

  • Protecting our boarders

    It?s not easy to be a skateboarder in Bedford. With no dedicated place for them to ply their trade, the area?s boarders are relegated to the sidewalks and parking lots that dot the town and county.

    When they do skate at those spots, they often risk incurring the wrath of the owning merchants or, worse, being chased off by officers from the Bedford Police Department.

    Well, the boarders lives look to become significantly better. Plans are in full swing to build a skate park at the county?s Falling Creek Park.

  • Lady Eagles take county title; Minettes suddenly strong

    The Liberty girls? basketball team did its best to try and ruin Senior Night for the Lady Cavs. Forest prevailed 35-28, in a nail-biter that was nowhere near reminiscent of the earlier year matchup. In that game, Forest pounded the Minettes 49-31.

    ?(The Minettes) weren?t coming here to bear gifts, have cake and carry balloons,? said Forest Head Coach Tom Brown of the Liberty plan to rain on his seniors? parade. ?We were fortunate to get out of this one with a win.?

  • Minutemen sweep county hoops

    The Seminole District boys? tournament opens play this Monday. Two questions are foremost in the minds of the fans. First, can anyone knock off Brookville? Second, who will come away with the remaining three berths to the Regional? Brookville earned an automatic seed courtesy of its regular season championship.

    Liberty is in the best position to challenge the Bees. However, the second-place finishers may have been getting ahead of themselves last week, as they stumbled against Rustburg, losing 59-50, before putting away an especially feisty squad from Forest, 71-55.

  • Major tax hikes, by default, will hit if Congress doesn't act

    If Congress fails to act, we Americans will pay the price. Unless Congress acts, the following tax increases will automatically occur for the following tax-years:

    2008:

    ...The exemption for the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) will decrease from $44,350 to $33,750 for single filers and from $66,250 to $45,000 for married couples filing jointly.

    ...Taxpayers will not be allowed to deduct their state and federal general sales taxes from their federal income tax.

  • House of Delegates honors Rev. Jerry Falwell

    In last week’s column, I mentioned how many bills we have to process before the February 12 midpoint of the General Assembly session, commonly referred to as “crossover.” In just one day, Monday, February 11, the House will consider more than 200 bills.

  • Are the GOP moderates back?

    With Mitt Romney’s sudden departure from the Republican presidential race, Sen. John McCain has reached “presumptive nominee” status.

    We know McCain will be the candidate, but in a party that everyone thought was dominated by right-wingers, both religious and secular, it may not be clear just yet how he got there.