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Today's News

  • Supervisors question school spending

    Mark Twain, the famous 19th century author, once wrote, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated,” in response to some newspaper stories stating that he had died.
        The same is apparently true of an article that appeared in another county newspaper that reported a heated debate between members of county administration and some members of the board of supervisors during a Jan. 11 retreat held at the Peaks of Otter Lodge.
        Was there a heated debate?

  • Victim’s body from Aug. crash will be exhumed

        The body of a Lynchburg man who died in an automobile accident last August will be exhumed to determine the actual cause of death.
        James Dale Gunter, 53, died in a wreck Aug. 18, 2013, on US 501 near the Eagle Eyrie Baptist Convention Center in Bedford County when the car he was a passenger in overturned. The driver of the vehicle, Steve Malotey Oulds III, also of Lynchburg, is charged with DUI, a misdemeanor, and involuntary manslaughter, a felony, as a result of the accident.

  • Robbery conviction lands Lynchburg man a 10-year sentence

    A Lynchburg man will spend 10 years in prison as part of a plea agreement involving the robbery at a Quik-E Store in Forest last year.
        James Robert Wilson, 34, pleaded guilty last Tuesday to the robbery charge, receiving a 20-year sentence, with 10 years to serve.
        According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock, Wilson had some prior burglary and fraud offenses.

  • Forest company gets visit from Goodlatte

        Moore & Giles is an 80-year-old company that has been doing business in Bedford’s Lake Vista Center for the last 10 years.

        According to Donald Moore Giles, chairman of the company’s board of directors, the company was founded by his grandfather, Donald Moore.
        “My grandfather was the youngest of eight children,” Giles said.
        Donald Moore went to work for the Craddock Terry Shoe Company.

  • Warner visits New London at Chamber event

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce hosted Senator Mark Warner at an event held at the Center for Advanced Research and Engineering in New London last week. Warner, first elected to the U. S. Senate in 2008, is up for reelection this year.

        “I’ve actually been a business guy long before I was a political guy,” Warner told the Chamber gathering.

  • Mother guilty of child endangerment

        A 28-year-old Bedford woman, upset because she felt the father of her child was not taking care of the child, tied an extension chord around the child’s neck, took a picture, and sent the photo to the child’s father.
        That action led the woman, Charitye Tanner, to be charged with child endangerment. She pleaded guilty to that charge last Tuesday in Circuit Court and received a four-year suspended sentence.

  • County man gets 20 years

        A Bedford County man will spend 20 years in prison for sexual solicitation of a minor on a computer.
        William Ramsey Rogers, 38, thought he was chatting with a 13-year-old girl on his computer, but it actually turned out to be an investigator with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children task force.
        Rogers had previously pleaded no contest to four solicitation charges and was sentenced last Tuesday on the convictions.

  • Big Island woman, guilty of embezzlement, will now face jail time on probation violation

        A Big Island woman who pleaded guilty to 13 felony embezzlement charges during a hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court in 2008, will now face additional jail time stemming from those charges following a probation violation conviction.
        Christina Carmichael Poore originally faced 27 embezzlement charges that spanned a time period between July 1, 2005, and Dec. 1, 2007. In each charge she was accused of embezzling more than $200 from H & H Food Market off Lee Jackson Highway.

  • Thaxton man guilty of having child porn

        A Thaxton man now stands convicted on 20 counts of possession of child pornography after entering no contest pleas to the charges Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court.

  • 3 of 5 defendants in home invasion case enter pleas

        Three of the five defendants charged with a home invasion last January 17 have already pleaded guilty to six felonies in connection with the crime. Court dates for the final two defendants are currently on the docket.
        Augustis Julian Xavier, 19, of Roanoke, Juan Quontell Welton, 21, of Roanoke, and Nathan Jamal Nelms, 19, of Fincastle have all entered guilty pleas in the case. Kenneth Tito Beaner, 19, of Bedford and Durell Orlando Brown, 26, of Bedford are also charged in the case.