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Today's News

  • May small lights get bigger

    By James F. Burns
    Retired professor
    University of Florida.  

        The mystery of the motivation behind the machine-gun massacre in Las Vegas—59 dead and 527 wounded—may literally be a blank.  Yes, a fill-in-the-blank exam in which the blank is the answer.

  • Eight alleged MS-13 members charged; allegations include murder of teen in Bedford County

    A federal grand jury returned an indictment on September 27 and it was unsealed Wednesday. The indictment charges the defendants in connection with a conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise known as the La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13. The indictments include charges associated with the death of a Lynchburg teen who was killed in Bedford County.

    Those indicted include:

    Carlos Roberto Tejada Cruz, a/k/a “Krusty,” age 20, of Beltsville, Maryland;

  • Why can’t a Muslim speak at Liberty?

        Liberty University has worked hard to gain its reputation as an arm of the national Republican Party, given that founder Jerry Falwell Sr. began the myths of “Christian conservatism,” the notion that, somehow, Christian teachings are consistent with right-wing American politics.
        It’s not true, of course, but legions of rural Americans fall for it, because of the stuff they hear in their fundamentalist churches, particularly about abortion and homosexuality.

  • Council will miss Jim Vest

        It was a surprise to learn, at the beginning of the month, that Jim Vest is stepping down from Town Council. By the time this column sees print, Vest’s resignation will have taken effect. He officially submitted his resignation at Council’s Oct. 10 meeting.

  • Liberty HS to host Little Feet Meet Oct. 26

    By Foster Garrett
    LHS Intern Writer

        Liberty High School is not known for its abundance of organizations, but what it lacks in numbers it makes up in the passion and dedication of its club members.

  • Forum takes look at statues

        Poplar Forest hosted a panel discussion on historic monuments, with a focus on the controversy surrounding Confederate monuments.
         A small gathering, the largest group that could fit in Thomas Jefferson’s dining room, listened to Calder Loth, a retired senior Virginia Department of Historical Resources architectural historian; Joseph McGill, founder of the Slave Dwelling Project; and Adam Dean, associate professor of history at Lynchburg College.

  • UDA proposal draws opposition

        A concept for urban development areas (UDA) in the Forest and New London area drew a larger than expected crowd to a meeting at the Forest Library, Thursday night.

         Approximately 100 people, most of whom opposed the plan, filled a room that was too small for a gathering of that size.
        “We want to direct growth,” said Gregg Zody, the county’s director of community development before the meeting.

  • Supporting education in Bedford County

        The Bedford Education Foundation held its annual back to school breakfast, Thursday, giving county educators a chance to highlight what the schools are doing.

  • County artists to exhibit at Franklin County event

        Three Bedford County artists will take part in Franklin County’s Artisan Studio & Harvest Tour this coming Saturday and Sunday. The three are members of Art Vision Gallery and Studio, located on Scruggs Road.

  • Gifted students come together

        They spent weeks putting together their best project and on Sept. 29 students from all over the county got to enjoy it.