Today's News

  • Allen, Goodlatte set for the fall

                 I began this week’s column with the confidence that by the time it’s read, George Allen and Bob Goodlatte will have won their respective primaries on June 12.
        I suspect that Goodlatte had an easier time of it than Allen. The former UVA party boy was rather brutally targeted by his main tea party opponent, Jamie Radtke.

  • Another foreign policy headache

        Another potential foreign policy headache popped up late last month when a Turkish court formally pressed criminal charges against four Israeli generals for their alleged involvement in the deaths of nine activists aboard a Turkish ship, the Mavi Marmara, that tried to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza in 2010. Eight of the activists were Turkish nationals and one was an American of Turkish ancestry.

  • Quoting Saturday’s graduations

    Jefferson Forest High School
        “In school, you learn and then you are tested. In life, often you are tested and then you learn.” —  JF Principal Tony Francis
        “Be not a slave of your own past.” — JF’s Abbigale Anderson, quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson.

  • Traffic alert: Road work to close two routes in Bedford County to through traffic

    Beginning Monday, June 18, two roads in Bedford County will be closed to through traffic due to road work.
    First, a section of Route 731 (Dowdy Crossing) in the Huddleston area will be closed for replacement of the bridge over Crab Orchard Creek.  The bridge is located on Route 731 approximately 0.7 mile south of its intersection with Route 727 (Crab Orchard Road).  Route 731 is estimated to reopen on Friday, June 22.

  • Supervisors discuss planning commission recommendations

        Back on Feb. 6, the Bedford County Planning Commission completed its comments on the Board of Supervisors’ proposed extensive revision of the county’s zoning ordinance.
        By that time, the supervisors were in the middle of developing the county’s FY 2012-2013 budget and they chose to wait until that was finished before they reviewed these comments, many of which were recommendations against a number of the supervisors’ proposed revisions. In some cases, the supervisors accepted these recommendations.

  • Forest man pleads guilty to stealing more than $1 million

    A former financial adviser from Forest, pleaded Wednesday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Lynchburg to charges of wire fraud and money laundering.
    Michael Todd Crosswhite, 42, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty this morning to a two count information charging him with one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering. The defendant also agreed to pay restitution to his victims in the amount of $943,684.

  • Huddleston shooting

        A Monroe man 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 outside a residence on Johnson Mountain Road last summer. Joshua Hughes, 28, and Audrey Michelle Bryan, 25, were hit by shots fired from a .22 caliber rifle. Bryan died from her wound.

  • Worse than it looked

        There are good reasons why the Sheriff’s Office takes some actions that may not appear necessary to most of us, according to R. T. Lyons. Lyons , who owns Lyons Jewelers, believes he saw an example of this.

        Lyons’ jewelry store is located at the old Wal-Mart plaza, in the building previously occupied by Movie Starz. Late last month somebody hit one of the large metal poles that holds the lights which illuminate the parking lot. It happened overnight, so Lyons didn’t see the culprit.

  • Forest man sentenced in sexual battery case

    By Tyler Flynn
    Intern Writer

        A Forest man was sentenced for an amended sexual battery charge in Bedford Circuit Court Tuesday.
        Kyle Richard Tomko, who had originally been charged with the felony of aggravated sexual battery, had his charge amended to misdemeanor sexual battery. He pleaded no contest to the sexual battery charge, as well as to a felony abduction charge.

  • Reading Rodeo

    By Laura Enderson