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Today's News

  • New report: Climate change worsening

    Those who would deny climate change – or “global warming” as it’s sometimes called – already have a tough job, but it just got harder with the release of a new United Nations report.
        The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has won the Nobel Prize for its previous work. “Things are worse than we had predicted,” said a co-author of the report, referring to the group’s work in 2007.

  • Obama does something right

        I’m always amazed when President Barack Obama actually does something right. It’s so out of character for him. I guess even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then, and maybe that’s what President Obama has done in the midst of an otherwise incompetent, blundering foreign policy. Anyway, I have to give him credit for handling this situation well.

  • Roanoke man guilty of aggravated sexual battery

        A registered sex offender pleaded no contest Friday to an aggravated sexual battery charge, stemming from a June 2012 incident.
        As part of a plea agreement, James Naff Gibson Jr., 52 of Roanoke, entered the plea to the charge—amended from a forcible sodomy charge that could have carried a mandatory life sentence—receiving a seven-year active prison sentence. Naff had previously registered as a sex offender because of a 2008 conviction in the city of Roanoke for object sexual penetration.

  • Four charged with vandalizing mail boxes

        Four men have been arrested in connection with a spree of vandalism of mailboxes in the Trents Ferry Road area of Bedford County.
        On Saturday, utilizing information from tips generated by media reports, deputies with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office arrested Daniel Kosowski, 19, of  Lynchburg; Joseph Spriggs, 20, of Lynchburg; Joseph Hallstrom, 20,  of Lynchburg; and Jack Robertson, 20, of Lynchburg. All four men were charged with vandalism to 11 mailboxes that occurred on Thursday night March 13.

  • Man enters pleas in home invasion case

        The first of five defendants has pleaded guilty to charges related to a 2011 home invasion case in Bedford.
        Jeffrey Lamar Brown, 24, entered guilty pleas to possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, burglary, robbery and wearing a mask in public. As part of his plea agreement, Brown received an 11-year active sentence from Circuit Court Judge James Updike,

  • Class of 1940: Morrison writes a novel

        Jim Morrison has several non-fiction books to his credit, some written  while he worked for the Department of Defense.

  • Farm rescues horses, helps teens

        Brook Hill Farm, located on Bellevue Road in Forest, was established in 2001 as a horse rehabilitation center.

  • Public speaks out

        Public hearings on the county’s budget have been sparsely attended in past years, but this year was different.
        A proposal to raise the real estate tax rate half-filled Gibson Memorial Auditorium at the Bedford Science and Technology Center, where the hearings are held. A majority of the people attending came to oppose a proposed tax hike — something that was visually revealed when Tommy Scott, before speaking, asked everybody who didn’t want their taxes raised to stand up.

  • Hearing on murder charge delayed until June

        A Bedford woman, charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old son, will undergo a mental evaluation at Central State Hospital.

        Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz called the evaluation—which was ordered during a hearing in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Monday—routine.
        Shana Marie Witt, 24 is accused of killing her son, Jordan Smith, on Feb. 27 at her Peaksview Lane residence in Bedford.

  • Meth labs are becoming a problem in Bedford County

        Last Monday, a call about a possible burglary led to the discovery of an alleged meth lab by investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.