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Today's News

  • Lockdown update: Investigators look for suspect in Forest shooting

    A shooting Thursday afternoon at a Forest home, that caused four schools and several businesses to go on lockdown, is continuing into the evening, according to Bedford Sheriff Mike Brown.
    The lockdowns were lifted in the area around 3:30 p.m., but area residents should continue to be careful, Brown said at a news conference Thursday.
    “Just take precautions,” he said. He said if anyone suspicious is spotted, residents should immediately call 911. He added that residents should keep their cars and homes locked.

  • Cinema Church: EastLake Community Church opens new venue in WestLake

    EastLake Community Church has already gone to the grocery store; this week it’s going to the movie theater.
    This Sunday, May 29, at 10:30 a.m. EastLake Cinema Church will hold its first service at the WestLake Cinema.
    “Simply put the impetus for this ministry is a desire to proclaim the gospel as broadly and effectively as we can,” stated EastLake Community Church Pastor Troy Keaton.
    The service, which will be held in one of the theaters at WestLake Cinema, will feature praise and worship, led by a worship team there, as well as a sermon, via video, on the big screen.

  • Community Events and Calendar (week of May 25, 2011)

    Sign-ups and notices

    For information of events and activities at area churches, see the church news section in this week's paper.

    3rd Annual Summer Health Camp for Teens 11-16
    June 13– 17,  Health Careers and Wellness Camp. Bedford Memorial Hospital, 1613 Oakwood St, Bedford, VA 24523. Fee: $30. Call 540-587-3308 for Registration by May 1. Space is limited.
    Camps are made possible through continued financial support from the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, and donations from BMH Volunteers.

    Senior lunch trips

  • Church news (week of May 25 2011)

    Notices

    Family and Friends Celebration
    Sharon Missionary Baptist Church, Big Island, where the Rev. Dennis W. Moody is pastor will be having a Family and Friends Celebration on Saturday, May 28, there will be a Community Sing Fellowship at noon, rain or shine. The event includes worship, fellowship, fun and games. On Sunday, May 29, there will be a Family Day of Worship. The morning worship service is at 10:45 a.m. with guests Pastor Moody and SMBC Mass Choir. Dinner will follow the morning worship. Contact the church office at (434) 299-5151 for more information.

  • Lockdown update: Investigation ongoing into shooting in Forest area

    A shooting Thursday afternoon at a Forest home, that caused four schools and several businesses to go on lockdown, is continuing into the evening, according to Bedford Sheriff Mike Brown.
    The lockdowns were lifted in the area around 3:30 p.m., but area residents should continue to be careful, Brown said at a news conference Thursday.
    “Just take precautions,” he said. He said if anyone suspicious is spotted, residents should immediately call 911. He added that residents should keep their cars and homes locked.

  • Judge upholds jury sentence

    Back in March, a Bedford County jury sentenced Cecelia Burnette to eight years in prison after convicting her of felony child abuse, on March 17, in the death of her infant daughter, Marissa. Today, she was back in Bedford County Circuit Court for formal sentencing.
    Burnette's defense team of David Oblon, Hilary Griffith put Burnette's mother on the stand in an effort to persuade Judge James Updike to impose a different sentence.
    "She is the only child I have," said Robin Lambert, Burnette's mother.

  • New family caregiver program

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), on 4 May, 2011, published the interim final rule for implementing the Family Caregiver Program for the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Service Act 2010.  This new rule will provide additional support to eligible post 9/11 veterans who elect to receive their care in a home setting from a Primary Family Caregiver.

  • The effects of rising gas prices on the 5th District

    This past week, I attended and hosted over 20 events throughout the 5th District. We made stops in Charlottesville, Danville, South Boston, Chase City, Farmville, Hardy, Rocky Mount, Java, Martinsville, Lawrenceville, Kenbridge, and Chatham.

     

  • Hearing from my constituents

  • How bad can the GOP field get?

        The weak and mediocre state of the Republican presidential field for 2012 has become such a given in recent weeks, I almost feel like I’m picking on them if I write about it….

        But, I said almost…Honestly, I’ve observed presidential politics for a long time, since about 1968, and I’ve never seen a field of “contenders” from an out-of-power party – Democratic or Republican – that’s this bad.