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  • Traffic delays on U. S. 501 on June 6

    Motorists who use Highway 501 between Lakeside Drive in the City of Lynchburg and Big Island in Bedford County may experience major traffic disruptions the night of June 6, 2011, beginning at 6:00 p.m., as a boiler weighing 225,000 lbs. is delivered from the rail spur at Frito-Lay to the Georgia-Pacific mill.

     

  • Forest shooting update: Man who said someone shot him, charged with filing false report

     

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    The Forest man who claimed he was shot outside his home last Thursday has now been charged with filing a false report.

  • Walk across the country nearing its destination

    And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. Luke 9:23 (NASB)

  • SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE BOATERS ADVISED OF MISSING NAVIGATION MARKER

    ROCKY MOUNT, Va., May 27, 2011 –   For the second time in less than a week a boater has destroyed a navigation marker in an active area of Smith Mountain Lake.
            Boaters should be aware that the R-16 marker will be missing during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The marker was located near Smith Mountain Lake State Park in what is known as the S-Curve, a high traffic area on the reservoir.

  • Deborah Shifflett enters pleas in embezzlement case

    The Hardy Volunteer Fire Department can soon begin recouping some of the more than $150,000 prosecutors say were embezzled from it for more than two decades by its long-time fire chief Jeffrey Shifflett.

    Following no contest pleas entered in Bedford County Circuit Court Friday afternoon by Deborah Shifflett, Jeffrey Shifflett's wife, to misdemeanor charges related to the case, the fire department can now gain access to the items purchased with those stolen department funds and begin selling them to help repay debts incurred under Jeffrey Shifflett's leadership.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bedford loses longtime Centertown businessman

        Bedford lost another of those men whose impact on the community went far beyond his immediate family and circle of friends. This time, it was Jim Melton, who died last week while on vacation in Belize.

  • Doolittle’s co-pilot

    On April 19, 1942, 80 young men took off from the deck of the USS Hornet (CV-8) in 16 B-25 Mitchell bombers. It was an audacious raid conceived in the weeks after Pearl Harbor to bring the war to the Japanese home islands.