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Today's News

  • Man enters plea to abduction charge

    A 77-year-old Bedford man pleaded no contest Friday to abducting a 22-year-old woman in April.

        According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Mark Robinette, Emory Hale was driving on Independence Boulevard on April 20 when he spotted the woman walking along the side of the road. Hale stopped and asked the woman, who was walking to her job at Arby’s, if she wanted a ride to work.

  • Man pleads guilty to embezzlement

        A Lynchburg man, charged with embezzling as much as $10,000 from the Quick E Food store on Forest Road, pleaded guilty Friday to the charge in Bedford County Circuit Court.

        Michael Davis, 63, admitted that while he worked as a clerk in the store for about six months he would pocket cash used to pay for cigarettes and beer by customers, rather than ringing those purchases up at the cash register.
        However, his lawyer, Michael Lonchar, disputed the amount that was taken, stating it was more like $3,000.

  • Some details of shooting revealed at bond hearing

        Two different accounts as to what happened during a fatal shooting on Johnson Mountain Road last month began to be presented during a bond hearing  last Thursday for Michael Thomas Loboschefski, who is charged with first degree murder in the incident.

         Loboschefski’s friends and attorney state the shots he fired came in self defense; Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance states the accounts surrounding the shooting are inconsistent and self serving.

  • Local man makes feature-length film

        Red Cloud Productions, based in Forest, has released its first full length movie, called The Potential Inside. The movie was made entirely in Bedford County.

        “I’m the producer, director and one of the key actors in the film,” commented Scotty Curlee, who founded the company.

  • Shifflett receives suspended sentence

        Deborah Shifflett, widow of the late Jeffrey Shifflett, won’t be spending any time in jail, providing she maintains good behavior and pays $7,500 in restitution to the Hardy Volunteer Fire Department.

        Earlier this year, Shifflett pleaded no contest to seven misdemeanor charges of interference with property rights. She had originally faced 13 felony embezzlement charges.

  • Underwood stops by Bedford

    So what was actor Blair Underwood and a camera crew doing in Bedford last Thursday?


        They weren’t talking about their project, but a recent post on Underwood’s official Facebook page might give a clue. Or it might not. No one's talking.
        Underwood and a small camera crew were filming in front of the Bedford County Courthouse. In the scene he emerges from the courthouse entrance and begins telling viewers what he has found out.
        So what was he looking for?

  • Wheeler sees positives in reversion plan

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to vote on a reversion proposal at a special meeting on Sept. 14.

        According to District 1 Supervisor Dale Wheeler, who serves on the City/County Committee, the supervisors will hold an open meeting at 7 p.m. to discuss the proposal and vote on it, following a meeting by Bedford  City  Council  at 6 p.m.

  • Reverting to a town

        The long-awaited plan to revert the city of Bedford to town status is set to be revealed next Wednesday, Sept. 14, and Bedford Mayor Skip Tharp says it will be a “win-win” for both the city and Bedford County.

  • Mid-course correction

    “Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.”

  • Sports commentary: Derby days

      “There’s nothing to do around here.”