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Today's News

  • Church youth plant crops to give to others

        Bedford Baptist Church has been planting potatoes for the Society of St. Andrew and Shepherd’s Table for five years, according to Ben Shrader. Shrader spent a sunny afternoon last week with a tractor digging up the taters in the 45-by-90 foot plot where they were planted. The church’s youth group showed up later to put them in bags. Shrader said that they got 1,400 pounds of them last year.

  • One year sentence handed down in shooting

        Michael Thomas Loboschefski will spend a year behind bars for his role in an altercation, last summer, that resulted in the death of a young woman.

        The shooting occurred at Loboschefski’s residence on Johnson Mountain Road on Aug. 11, 2011. Joshua Hughes, 28, and Audrey Michelle Bryan, 25, were hit by shots fired from a .22 caliber rifle by Loboschefski. Bryan died from her wound.

  • Groups pitch in to provide school supplies

        Volunteers from area businesses and local organizations packed a meeting room in the county administration building Thursday with one goal in mind—packing bags full of school supplies for students set to start school this week.

        In all, the Pack the Bag effort yielded some 200 book bags and supplies that were delivered to area schools in time for the first day of school Monday, according to Denise Kennedy, a social worker with the Department of Social Services.

  • Man enters plea in shooting

        One year to the day after being shot in their own yard on Haven Heights Road just outside Bedford, 62-year-old Glenn Caldwell and his son, 36-year-old Michael Caldwell, sat in court as their attacker was found guilty for inflicting their wounds.

        And after the guilty verdict was pronounced, Glenn Caldwell picked up the cane he is now forced to use and walked out of the courtroom with his son and other members of his family. The wounds remain for both of them.

  • After 26 years at the helm, Lynn Beebe stepping down

        For 26 years Lynn Beebe has served as the driving force behind the rescue of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest retreat in Bedford County.

        She’s learned and lived the life of Jefferson and she’s seen the amount of property Poplar Forest now owns more than double.
        Beebe has helped lead the retreat’s turn from a lost-in-the-woods piece of history to a national attraction.

  • Business community loses a landmark

        The Bedford business community lost a landmark.

        It wasn’t a building—it was a person. Thomas Edwin “Mike” Reynolds died on Aug. 12.

  • Route 40 Tour

    By Congressman Rober Hurt

     

    At a time when uncertainty from Washington has led us to nearly three and a half years of more than 8% unemployment nationally, folks in Washington, DC are still calling for higher taxes and a bigger federal government that will only lead to more uncertainty.

     

  • Ethanol mandates are causing rising food prices

    Food or fuel? We should not put our nation in the position of having to choose one over the other. But federal law has done just that. And with the extreme drought seizing much of the nation and shrinking corn supplies, rising food prices are about to get much worse.

     

  • Making Bedford stronger

    By Clay Chastain

    Bedford

        Bedford is in the enviable position of being a wonderful place to live, but perhaps in need of a bit of rejuvenate tweaking to keep it so.
        Most of us love the lifestyle that Bedford offers, or else we would not choose to live here. But who of us would object if Bedford enjoyed more job opportunities, a more vibrant, bustling downtown, fewer vacant buildings, more things to do for its young people, and an overall stronger economy?

  • Bring on the ‘entitlement’ debate

    Before choosing his running mate last week, Mitt Romney was looking at a series of polls that showed him losing to President Obama.
        Even the Fox News poll had Obama leading Romney 49 to 40 percent. Something had to be done.
        The Wall Street Journal wrote a persuasive editorial that urged Romney to pick Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan, and by doing so, inject the conservative crusade for “entitlement reform” as a major issue in the race.