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Today's News

  • Organized Labor launches 2017 campaign

        WILLIAMSBURG  ---   Your favorite liberal columnist is in this historic city for the Annual Virginia State Convention of the AFL-CIO. Here, we will endorse those we judge as the most “worker friendly” candidates for this fall’s General Assembly elections.
        All 100 seats in the House of Delegates are up for election this year, and Virginia Democrats have seen a dramatic surge in nominated candidates, due to “resistance” reaction to the Trump debacle in Washington, D.C.

  • Bear baiting

        President Donald Trump has signed a bill that codifies sanctions against Russia that Barack Obama had set by executive order. This means that they can only be repealed by Congressional action. President Trump had little choice but to sign the bill. It had passed by such huge margins that a presidential veto would have surely been overridden.

  • What would it buy?

        If you had $517,000 sitting around with nothing to do, what could you buy?
        A 3600 square foot waterfront home on Smith Mountain Lake with three bedrooms and four baths and a dock would be one option. That price was $479,000 for a listing this week.

  • BCSO issues scam alert

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous calls from citizens reporting suspicious telephone calls they had received.
        The callers advise that they had received calls from numbers showing County of Bedford, Commonwealth Attorney, Social Services and other public service departments on their caller ID. After answering the phone the person uses several different scam stories attempting to obtain their personal information.

  • Free Stroke Clinic aims to increase interest in competitive swimming

    Marty Ponder, JF’s head swim coach, launched his first Free Stroke Clinic on Aug. 2 at Miller Park in Lynchburg. The three-day clinic is a brainchild of Ponder, who was looking for ways to increase community interest in competitive swimming.

    “This is an idea I’ve had for awhile,” said Ponder. “My idea is to get more kids involved with competitive swimming throughout the area.”

  • Cavalier golf remains unstoppable

    Jefferson Forest’s golf team is off to a blazing start. The Cavaliers have rattled off three straight team wins, including five individual top-five finishers.

    The Cavs kicked off their season on Aug. 2 at the Spotswood Invitational hosted by Spotswood High at Lakeview GC in Harrisonburg, Va. The invitational hosted 15 teams, including JF.        

  • Talking toilets

        Toilets at Liberty High School’s (LHS) new baseball field were a major part of a presentation on the Liberty Middle School construction project.
        The project includes building a competition gym for the high school and the new gym is displacing the high school’s baseball field. A new high school baseball field is being built on a portion of the land purchased for the middle school.

  • Former animal shelter worker sentenced for animal cruelty

        A former worker at the Bedford County Animal Shelter will spend 15 days in jail after having his charges of animal cruelty dropped to a misdemeanor.
        Bryan Thomas Skinnell, 45, of Bedford, was arrested Sept. 26 of last year on the charge following the investigation of a complaint that was filed in August 2016. Skinnell’s employment at the shelter was terminated after he was charged with harming the feral cat.
        On May 23, Skinnell pleaded no contest to the animal cruelty charge.

  • Police still looking for suspect

        Bedford Police continue to search for a suspect who fled from custody last Wednesday, after being allowed to step outside to smoke a cigarette.

        Last Wednesday, August 2, Kasey Wayne Johnson, a 6’1, 160 lb. white male, born in 1997 and resident of the town of Bedford, was at the police department in reference to larceny of a vehicle.

  • Back to school

        School starts Monday for Bedford County Public Schools and various school division department heads presented the school board, Thursday night, with reports on the school division’s readiness for the new school year.