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A Lynchburg Times investigation:
Bedford Secrets
• County researches line from Smith Mountain Lake to Forest
• Report reveals potential for millions in savings for county
• Supervisors kept water study hidden from public for months
• Community calendar of events 2
• Crime and other news 4
• Council/School Board have $$ chat 9
• City recycling losing big money 10
• Community Calendar 2
• The neighborhood meth lab? 4
• Amherst man killed in crash 5
• CASA says Thanks!! 6
• Redistricting battle 2.0 7
• Public university tuition up 10
• Va. trying teacher merit pay 11
City settles
Beard case
for $250,000
Video on
Crime Report
LU, Va. lawsuits in court
has a visitor
Historic Anne Spencer
Garden ribbon cutting
on bin Laden
Best Friend Ball
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Thursday, May 12, 2011
“The Young Man From Atlanta” from 7:30 p.m. to
9:30 p.m. at EC Glass High School, 2111 Memorial
Avenue in Lynchburg.
The season closes with another Pulitzer Prize
winner, Horton Foote’s poignant drama, The Young
Man from Atlanta. Set in Houston in the 1950’s, the
play is the tragic story of a family facing loss-of-
life, of business, of what they believe to be true and
right. Other performances are at 7:30 p.m. May 10-
13. Tickets are $10 for adults ~ $8 for students
Friday, May 13, 2011
Bluegrass Fridays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at
DeVault Family Vineyards, 247 Station Land in
Concord. Come join
the crowd for some bluegrass music by Loose
Gravel. This will be a great time for the whole family.
There will be many fun things for the kids to enjoy,
lifeguards will be on duty for the children to swim
while you enjoy music and wine (for those over 21).
Wine tastings will be available and of course wine
will be available for purchase. Feel free to bring
your lawn chair and beach towel!
Elizabeth Bygler Oil Painting at Bower Center for
the Arts. Painting workshop: Creating an Original
Oil Painting from a Photo of your Choice” $150.00
Enrollment: Min 6, Max 12 May 13 - May 15, 2011
Friday - May 13 7 p.m. 8:30 p.m. Meet & greet
Saturday & Sunday - May 14th & 15th. Critique at
the end of each day. Elizabeth Bygler has been a
professional artist and teacher for over 25 years and
obtained a BA in Fine Arts from St. Mary’s College
of Maryland. She is an experienced workshop
instructor and has given several workshops in
the local Bedford area. She also founded The
Color and Light Society a non-profit corporation
which allows emerging artists to work and show
together while experiencing ongoing educational
opportunities. Photographs as references are often
tools of the painter; however, there are a number
of issues to be considered and Elizabeth will cover
some of the following topics: 1 - How to use the
correct perspective 2 - Correcting the parallax effect
caused by cameras 3 - Getting the temperature
correct 4 - Extrapolating objects from the photo for
a successful composition 5 - Adjusting the color to
make the most of your painting 6 - The importance of
using the correct color and temperature throughout
the entire painting (mismatches cause confusion).
“The Young Man From Atlanta” from 7:30
p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at EC Glass High School. (See
description May 12.)
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Overeaters Anonymous meets at 9 a.m. in the
Carriage House of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church,
at the corner of 6th and Clay in central Lynchburg.
OA is a fellowship of men and women who share
their experience, strength, and hope in our common
struggle against compulsive overeating. The only
requirement for membership is a desire to stop
eating compulsively. There are no dues or fees. We
follow a 12-step program of spiritual development
patterned on that of Alcoholics Anonymous. For
directions or info call Mary at 434-656-1472.
Newcomers are always welcome.
Prince Michel Winery Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
at Premier Limousine Service, LLC, 3727 Old Forest
Road in Lynchburg. www.premierlimousineservice.
net Premier Limousine Service will drive you to a
fun and in-depth tour and tasting at one of the east
coast’s more beautiful and acclaimed wineries.
Includes a private tour of the production facilities
including the barrel cave and massive tank room. A
seated wine tasting is followed by “free time” in the
wine and gift shop or have lunch on the grounds.
Seating is limited.
Preservation Month: Architectural Restoration
Talk & Tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Thomas
Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1542 Bateman Bridge
Road in Forest. Two guided
tours with the Director of Architectural Restoration,
followed by a slide lecture. Tours: 11 a.m. and 2
p.m. Free with regular admissions. Reservations
Brookneal Wine Fest at Red Hill from noon to 6
p.m. at Red Hill Patrick Henry National Memorial,
1250 Red Hill Rd in Brookneal.
2011 Brookneal Wine Fest at Red Hill presented by
the Brookneal Chamber of Commerce, the second
annual wine festival is being held on the beautiful
grounds of Red Hill overlooking the Staunton River.
Stop by and see why Patrick Henry called Red
Hill “…the garden spot of Virginia.” Rain or shine
Herbology from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Amazement
Square, 27 Ninth Street in Lynchburg. www. Plants play a very
important role for humans by providing us with
clean air to breath, but how exactly does a plant
process air? Come learn about how plants grow,
photosynthesis, and how humans depend on them.
We will explore the uses of some common herbs,
do a taste test, and then paint clay pots to nurture
your own seedlings! Fee: $2 per participant.
Corks & Forks from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Historic
Miller Claytor House, 2200 Miller Claytor Lane in
Lynchburg. www.lynchburghistoricalfoundation.
org “Corks & Forks” is one of the Lynchburg
Historical Foundation’s most popular events! Enjoy
an evening under a festive tent sipping wine and
sampling delectable food all while listening to the
great sounds of the local band, Apple Butter. Seating
is limited, so please RSVP bye Friday, May 6th by
call the Lynchburg Historical Foundation office at
434-528-5353 or by visiting
Academy Players’ Chicago from 7:30 p.m. to 10
p.m. at Academy of Fine Fine Arts, 600 Main Street
in Lynchburg. Book
by Fred Ebb & Bob Fosse. Music by John Kander,
Lyrics by Fred Ebb. Based on the play Chicago
by Maurice Dallas Watkins. In roaring twenties
Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless
lover and convinces her hapless husband Amos to
take the rap...until he finds out he’s been duped and
turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row,
Roxie and another “Merry Murderess” Velma Kelly,
vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately
joining forces in search of the “American Dream”:
fame, fortune and acquittal. It’s one of Broadway’s
hottest musicals!
Evolution performs at The Stoney Badger Tavern
at 3009 Old Forest Rd. in Lynchburg. 434-594-
3674 or For more information
on Greg visit
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Mountain Standard Time performs at The
Stoney Badger Tavern at 3009 Old Forest Rd. in
Lynchburg. 434-594-3674 or
For more information on Greg visit www.gregkirby.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
The Comedy Zone Lynchburg from 6:30 p.m. to
10 p.m. at Kirkley Hotel Ballroom, 2900 Candlers
Mountain Rd. in Lynchburg. 434-455-1319 www. Headliner - Jimmie
“JJ” Walker “Dyn-o-mite” Rated “PG-13”
Friday, May 20, 2011
150th Anniversary of First Civil War Burial
in Lynchburg from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Old City
Cemetery, 401 Taylor Street in Lynchburg. On this day in 1861 Pvt.
Thomas Plunkett of Mississippi was buried in the
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Friday Cheers from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at
Riverfront Park, Jefferson Street in Lynchburg. 2011 Kickoff Party.
Lynchburg Star contest 5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. The
Worx takes the stage from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Gates
do not open until 5:30 p.m. A valid ID Required.
Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a legal
guardian. Chairs & Blankets are allowed. No pets,
outside food, or drink allowed. Bags are subject to
be checked.
The Comedy Zone Lynchburg from 6:30 p.m. to
10 p.m. at Kirkley Hotel Ballroom, 2900 Candlers
Mountain Rd. in Lynchburg. 434-455-1319 www. Headliner - Jimmie
“JJ” Walker “Dyn-o-mite” Rated “PG-13”
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Overeaters Anonymous meets at 9 a.m. (See
description May 14.)
First Annual Lynchburg VA Civil War Gun and
Relic Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Shilling
Center, Liberty University, 1971 University Blvd. in
Lynchburg. Featuring:
Civil War Artifacts, Relics, Memorabilia, Books, Art,
Weapons, and much, much more. Special Feature:
Bring a personal heirloom for a free appraisal.
Admission: $5 per person ~ $3 all students with ID
~ 12 and under free For more information contact:
* Exhibitor’s - Rusty Hicks - (434) 944-2304 or * All other - Kenny Rowlette
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Lynchburg Regional Airshow from 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. at General Aviation (G.A.) side of the airport,
Virginia Aviation, 970 Airport Rd in Lynchburg. www. For the first time in 29 years,
Lynchburg is set to host a regional airshow. The
show is set for May 21st and 22nd at the Lynchburg
Regional Airport. and will feature a Flying Circus
Airshow out of Bealeton, Virginia. The Blue Angels,
The U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron,
will participate in the air show with a demonstration
of it’s skill and precision along with their graceful
aerobatic maneuvers. The Blue Angels serve as
positive role models and goodwill ambassadors for
the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Enjoy parachute
demonstrations by the U.S. Army’s Special
Operations Command The Black Daggers Global
Warriors, a Vintage Car Show before 1941 and
Project “Vintage” Runway Fashion Show. Gates
open at 9 a.m. Tickets are available for purchase
at the Lynchburg Regional CVB. Cash or Check
Jazz at the Ellington from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at
The Ellington, 421 Rivermont Avenue in Lynchburg. Mark your calendar to hear
the Deb Callahan Band at The Ellington. The room
will be filled with sounds of Jazz. Tickets: $25 at the
Door ~ $20 in Advance
C.U. & The Kidd performs at The Stoney Badger
Tavern at 3009 Old Forest Rd. in Lynchburg.
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Lynchburg Regional Airshow from 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. (See descriiption May 21.)
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On Friday, May 6, 2011 at approximately
1:19am, members of the Lynchburg Police
Department responded to 220 Vernon St,
the business of the Corner Cafe in reference
to a robbery. Upon arriving on scene, po-
lice ofcers found the store employees and
customers at the entrance to the business.
Te investigation revealed that one suspect
armed with a gun, wearing dark pants, a
red pullover sweatshirt style shirt, and face
covered with a mask, approached the em-
ployees outside the business, and demanded
money. Te suspect then fed on foot in the
direction of Bell Street. Te employees and
customers were not injured.
Te suspect is described as a light skin
black male, approximately 5”10-6”0 tall,
heavy set in build, approximately 250 lbs,
and in the age range of 18-25 years old.
Te police are also seeking any informa-
tion in reference to a Black in Color Honda
4 door sedan (or similar style vehicle) that
may have been in the area just prior to the
Tis incident is currently under investiga-
tion by the Lynchburg Police Department’s
Criminal Investigations Division.
Anyone with any information regarding
this crime or the identity of the suspect is
asked to call Detective J.L. Hise at 434-455-
6173, or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900,
visit the Central Virginia Crime Stoppers
website at to en-
ter a web tip, or text “CVCS plus your mes-
sage” to 274637.
Corner Cafe robbed at gunpoint
(434) 239-8446
By Emily Williams
Te Lynchburg Times
A report commissioned by the Bedford
Public Service Authority (BCPSA) found
that Bedford County could see millions of
dollars in long term savings with the cre-
ation of a water line from Smith Mountain
Lake to Forest. Upon hearing the Prelimi-
nary Engineering Report’s (PER) fndings,
the county board of supervisors requested
that the BCPSA delay the study’s release,
citing long term consequences for the coun-
“Implementing a regional water system
within Bedford County and connecting to
other regional systems will provide uncal-
culated value in the future,” reads the report
which is still in draft form.
Te Lynchburg Times obtained a copy
of the Lakes-Bedford-Forest Water Supply
Preliminary Engineering Report through
a FOIA request. Te PER, which cost the
county $45,000, was conducted by Ander-
son & Associates Inc. and can be found in
its entirety on BCP-
SA Executive Director Brian Key expects to
fnalize the PER within the next few weeks.
According to a member of the BCPSA
board, who asked to remain on background,
the supervisors in a joint committee meeting
last September, requested that the authority
not release the study for fear that it would
interfere with an upcoming announcement
concerning the conversion of Bedford city
to a town. Te board member explained that
when the transition was delayed, the PER
was put aside as well.
Te board member went on to express his
frustration with how long the BCPSA was
unable to use the PER as a result of the de-
layed release. He emphasized that the report
had great fscal importance to the BCPSA
and would be instrumental in planning for
the authority’s future.
“Te powers-to-be don’t seem to want us
to know what’s going on,” he said.
January 13, Bedford County Administra-
tor Kathleen Guzi informed Key that the
Bedford Board of Supervisors decided to
“hold-of” on the release of the study. Guzi
explained that while the study held some
short term benefts, in the long term mak-
ing the study public was against the county’s
best interest.
“While releasing the PER may achieve
some short term benefts, it is in the best
long term interest of all of Bedford Coun-
ty to hold of on the release,” wrote Guzi.
Te Times attempted to contact the coun-
ty administrator and all of the supervisors
Wednesday. None responded by press time.
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Out of the many options examined in the
PER for a Smith Mountain Lake water line,
the report recommended that the most cost
savings would come from connecting the
SML and Forest Central Water Systems. In
the PER, this option is compared to con-
tinuing to purchase water from the city of
Te option, A2 in the PER, would cost the
county a total of $33,909,016 to construct.
With this initial cost in mind, the PER es-
timates that costs for A2 would break even
with Bedford County’s current water policy
in 26 years. Based on Lynchburg’s average
annual water rate increase of 3%, using the
A2 plan would result in $28 million in sav-
ings by 2058.
In addition to cost savings, the report also
predicted that water quality will improve for
customers as a result of a more direct route
from its source.
In 2006, the Lynchburg City water sys-
tem served over 66,000 people who used
11.25 million gallons a day. Over the next 50
years projections show that demand on the
Lynchburg water system will double. Bed-
ford County is Lynchburg’s biggest custom-
er and according to BCPSA board members,
enjoys a great working relationship the city.
In a meeting Tuesday, the Lynchburg City
Council was briefed on the region 2000
Water Supply Plan which included a pro-
posal for drought response. In the brief-
ing, council was informed that according to
2006 data, Bedford County was responsible
Bedford Supervisors instructed water
board to delay report’s release
Study reveals potential for millions in savings for county
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for the largest water defcit in region 2000,
meaning they used more water than they
Council member Jef Helgeson expressed
concern that if a drought were to occur,
Lynchburg citizens would sufer more as a
result of how much water the city sold to
surrounding counties and cited Bedford in
“I’d hate to see us fowing water out to our
neighbors, meanwhile our folks go thirsty,”
said Helgeson.
City manager Kimball Payne responded
that surrounding counties would have to
follow the same drought protocol as the
city. Payne added that Bedford was looking
at alternative sources of water such as Smith
Mountain Lake.
In the April meeting of the BCPSA board,
members struggled with the fnancial impli-
cations of buying so much water from the
city of Lynchburg. While the county pays
the city monthly for their projected water
usage, Key informed the board members
that the county owed the city an additional
$15,000 for its water. Tis number is down
from a potential $90,000 due to Lynchburg
waiving a peak demand factor fee.
Key also explained that the rising water
rate in Lynchburg was the primary reason
the BCPSA was forced to raise rates in the
county this year. Key worried that concern
for the county’s relationship with Lynchburg
was a factor in the supervisors delaying the
PER’s release. He added that if Lynchburg
were to apply the peak demand fee it would
trigger an immediate need for an alternative
water source.
“I think [Lynchburg] would be challeng-
ing us to fnd an alternative source if they
brought the fee back in. I know that’s the
reason the county is asking us to still hold
onto the PER because they just don’t want
to challenge the city,” said Key.
When asked if releasing the PER on Smith
Mountain Lake could cause Lynchburg to
charge the peak demand factor fee in the fu-
ture, Key was doubtful.
“Te PER is just a study, and that’s why I’m
still really puzzled why releasing a study that
shows what options there are is such a big
deal. Just because you have something that
says it’s the best thing to do, or even a fea-
sible alternative, doesn’t mean you actually
fund it or start the construction. I wouldn’t
think the PER itself would throw Lynchburg
into a tailspin,” said Key in the April meet-
PER’s are a common method used by lo-
calities when deciding on large capitol proj-
ects. Any recommendations made in the re-
ports are not binding to local governments
and are used simply to inform future deci-
“I don’t think that it’s such a signifcant is-
sue that it would alienate either of our lo-
calities,” said Key.
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Te Lynchburg Times
Te Lynchburg City Council approved all
items on their frst reading of the fscal year
2012 budget Tuesday. While one member
voted against several sections, the council’s
opinion of the budget, and the discussions
that helped shape it, was largely positive.
“Tis is a good budget,” began Council
member Turner Perrow as he read from a
Perrow said he was most proud of the Her-
itage High School debt services reserve to
which council dedicated a reoccurring fgure
of over $800,000. Te councilman explained
that if the council can continue to add that
amount to reserve, by the time plans for the
school were complete the city could borrow
$48 million. While he was encouraged by
the council’s forethought, he worried that
the amount was not enough and hoped that
it could be increased in future budgets.
Perrow also emphasized his optimism that
the public sector would echo the private sec-
tors growth in the upcoming years. Mayor
Joan Foster and other members of council
agreed with Perrow’s sentiments.
“Tat sort of summed it up didn’t it… Dit-
to,” said Foster.
Te one member that voted against sev-
eral pieces of the budget was Jef Helgeson.
He worried that while the budget was efec-
tive in amply funding the schools, rewarding
city employees with $500 bonuses, and sup-
porting several non-profts, it forgot to pay
attention to the tax payer.
“Te only people that are missed in this
budget are the people footing the bill… for
the folks at home know that someone is
looking out for you and your tax money,”
said Helgeson.
Helgeson was also critical of the schools,
reiterating his previous point that the city
funds the schools far above what the state
mandates. He also drew attention to a re-
quest for school employee numbers to which
the Superintendent had not responded.
“Buying dental insurance for a teacher
does nothing for the kids,” said Helgeson.
While the other members of council ac-
knowledged Helgeson’s points, all agreed
that cutting funding from the schools would
not solve any problems.
Te council will conduct a second and
fnal read through of the budget later this
City Budget reading: 1 down 1 to go
The Liberty University Debate Team, national champions, pose with Lynchburg City Council May 10.
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Mortgage Scam Targets
Desperate Homeowners
Leave it to the scammers to find a way
around the law. In this case, they’ve dis-
covered a way to separate desperate hom-
eowners from their money in a new wrinkle
on mortgage scams.
Homeowners across the country have
been receiving letters in the mail about
mortgage “mass joinder” lawsuits. These
letters promise to bring mortgage compa-
nies to their knees in courts of law and to
get mortgages modified, bringing relief to
the homeowners who are on the verge of
foreclosure. These letters are personalized
with the name of the homeowner and the
mortgage company, as well as the amount
of the loan. They claim to be able to stop
foreclosures, get payments reduced and
even get compensation.
Naturally, huge upfront fees are demand-
ed -- $5,000 in most cases.
Last fall, the Federal Trade Commis-
sion tried to address consumer mortgage
scams with the Mortgage Assistance Relief
Services Rule. The new ruling says that 1)
companies cannot demand fees until the
homeowner has in hand a document from
the lender that outlines an acceptable writ-
ten offer; 2) the company must tell the ho-
meowner what happens if they stop paying
the mortgage; 3) consumers must be told
that they don’t have to accept any offers
(and don’t have to pay the fees if they re-
ject any offer the company has negotiated);
4) the fee has to be disclosed, and 5) the
company must disclose that it’s not part of
the government.
Attorneys are exempt from the rule if they
practice law, have a license in the state
where the consumer lives or the property
is, and comply with their state laws. Addi-
tionally, they have to put fees paid to them
in a special client account.
The scammers’ workaround of the new
ruling? They’re not actually offering mort-
gage modification help. They’re only offer-
ing to sue, using attorneys, and they’re do-
ing it on an hourly basis.
If you’re finding it hard to pay your mort-
gage, contact your lender first. They don’t
want your house back. Most of them want
only to help you find a way to pay the debt
and will try to work something out.
If you receive one of those mass joinder
letters, let your local Better Business Bu-
reau and the FTC know so they’re aware
that the companies are working in your
David Uffngton regrets that he cannot
incorporate them into his column whenever
possible. Write to him in care of King Fea-
tures Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475,
Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to
ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Home conditions
still demand attention. Also, keep an open mind
about a sudden question of trust involving a
close friend. All the facts are not yet in.
TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) With summer just
around the corner, travel begins to dominate
your sign. Make plans carefully to avoid poten-
tial problems in the first half of June.
GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A romantic Libra
sets a challenge that your “sensible” side might
question, but your idealistic self finds the pros-
pect too intriguing to resist. The choice is yours.
CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Those tense times
in your personal life are just about over. Concen-
trate on reaffirming relationships. Your love of
travel opens a surprising new opportunity.
LEO (July 23 to August 22) The Big Cat usually
loves to be in the center of things. But this week
it might be wiser to watch and learn from the
sidelines. A Pisces wants to make you purr.
VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) “New”
is your watchword this week. Be open to new
ideas, both on the job and in your personal life.
A romantic Aries or Sagittarian beckons.
LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Some dif-
ficult family decisions have to be faced, but be
sure to get more facts before you act. Be care-
ful not to neglect your health during this trying
SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) You
still need to support a loved one through a dif-
ficult time. Meanwhile, things continue to work
out to your benefit in the workplace.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December
21) Aspects continue to favor expanding social
opportunities. A Gemini reaches out to offer a
chance for re-establishing a once-close relation-
CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19)
There’s a potential for misunderstanding in both
your job and your personal life. A full explanation
of your intentions helps smooth things over.
AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You
might be feeling restless on the job, but delay
making any major moves until all the facts are in.
A Scorpio has a surprising revelation.
PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Your busi-
ness sense works to your advantage as you sort
through the possibilities that are opening up. A
Libra is Cupid’s best bet for your romantic pros-
BORN THIS WEEK: You have a gift for being
open-minded about people. This helps you
make friends easily. You do very well in public
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Grand Larceny, Bufalo Springs Turnpike,
April 28th; an IPod, several pieces of jewelry
and a Nintendo DS were taken from a resi-
dence, a contractor’s worker that had been
working there was arrested for the larcenies.
Arrested was Buster Lee Reeves, a 46 year
old male of Brightstar Court Lynchburg. Mr.
Reeves was held on a $3,000 secured bond.
Grand Larceny, Seminole Drive, May 26th;
a Yard Machine riding mower, Bolens front
tine tiller, and a Brute 10 gallon air compres-
sor were taken from a storage shed
Felony Property Damage, Todd Lane, May
1st; the front and rear windshield and rear
trunk area of a parked vehicle were damaged
Obtain Money by False Pretense, Izaak Wal-
ton Road, May 3rd; a resident had their roof
repaired and the worker took more than the
agreed upon price and can’t be located
Property Damage, Cedar Gate Road, May
1st; a parked car was damaged
Petit Larceny, Buckingham Lane, April 15th;
a license plate was taken from a parked car
Grand Larceny, South Amherst Highway,
April 23rd; an Exmark riding mower, Echo
weed trimmer, and a leaf blower were taken
from a shed at Temple Baptist Church
Grand Larceny, North Wood Duck Drive,
April 22nd; a bird bath was taken from a
Grand Larceny, Dancing Creek Road, April
29th; 7 radiators, 18 motor heads, and 3
transmissions were taken from a farm
Obstruction of Justice, Grand Larceny, Mad-
ison Square, April 27th; Vivian Irene Car-
thorne, a 45 year old female of Dewitt Street
Lynchburg, was charged with taking items
from Wal-Mart and providing false identity
to law enforcement. When she was fnally
identifed she was also arrested for probation
violation on an outstanding warrant from
Burglary, Lake View Drive, April 28th; a
building was entered at the softball feld and
drinks were taken
Petit Larceny, Roses Mill Road, April 27th;
hand tools were taken
Grand Larceny, Amelon Square, May 5th;
a GPS unit and an in car stereo were taken
from a parked car
Credit Card Fraud, Ridgeview Lane, May 3rd;
a resident had their credit card used without
their permission
Property Damage, Warrick Street, May 6th; a
window was broken out of a residence
Amherst weekly crime report – May 6, 2011
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By Dan McDermott
Te Lynchburg Times
LYNCHBURG–Liberty University Law
School Dean Mat Staver provided oral argu-
ment May 10 in Liberty University v. Geithner,
the school’s challenge to President Obama’s sig-
nature health care law. Te appeal was heard at
the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
in Richmond.
Staver is also founder and chairman of Flori-
da-based Liberty Counsel which is representing
Liberty University and two private individuals.
Te case is the frst challenge to the Patient Pro-
tection and Afordable Care Act to be argued at
the appellate level.
Liberty University’s case argues against the
employer mandate and the individual mandate
which were key parts of Obama’s health care
Later Tuesday, the same court heard argu-
ments in the Commonwealth of Virginia v.
Sebelius which also challenges the individual
Liberty Counsel anticipates a ruling from the
fourth circuit later this year but expects the case
will ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme
At a press conference Monday in Liberty Law
School’s replica Supreme Courtroom, Staver
said the issue is the limit of federal power. “Te
real crux of this is whether Congress, the feder-
al government has the authority to force every
single American to purchase a health insurance
product of the government’s own choosing and
defnition under penalty of law. Tat’s really
unprecedented and if we cross that threshold
then Congress has the ability to force every
single American to do anything, whether it’s
grow food or buy food or have a certain kind
of motor vehicle transportation, literally the
power of government has become unlimited if
this particular law is upheld as constitutional.
Tat’s why we believe that ultimately, at the end
of the day at the United States Supreme Court
this law will be struck down and be found to be
unconstitutional,” he said.
Liberty University Law School Dean Mat
Staver: We’re the frst case to be argued at any
federal court of appeals in the country and this
particular circuit court usually makes its deci-
sions fairly quickly so that means we’ll probably
be the frst case to get an opinion and from there
it’s on to the United States Supreme Court. So
while this is not the last step in the road it is a
huge step and we’re looking forward to the ar-
Question: Are you looking forward to kind of
the tag-team match with you and [Virginia At-
torney General] Ken Cuccinelli?
Staver: I’m certainly looking forward to argu-
ing. Our case goes frst and then then the Com-
monwealth of Virginia goes after that so we’re
looking forward to that dialogue and that give
and take to see how it goes during the argu-
ments and ultimately of course it’s what the
judges write not tomorrow but after the deci-
sion has actually been given.
Question: Have you guys worked with the state
at all or are your arguments completely difer-
Staver: Our arguments are very similar in the
sense that we argue that the Constitution does
not give authority to pass the individual man-
date but we have additional arguments as well.
We also argue [against] the employer mandate,
which the Commonwealth of Virginia does not
raise and we raise additional constitutional
claims. But the real crux of this is whether Con-
gress, the federal government has the author-
ity to force every single American to purchase
a health insurance product of the government’s
own choosing and defnition under penalty of
law. Tat’s really unprecedented and if we cross
that threshold then Congress has the ability to
force every single American to do anything,
whether it’s grow food or buy food or have a
certain kind of motor vehicle transportation,
literally the power of government has become
unlimited if this particular law is upheld as
constitutional. Tat’s why we believe that ulti-
mately, at the end of the day at the United States
Supreme Court this law will be struck down and
be found to be unconstitutional.
Question: Good, so tomorrow is just sort of
jumping through the hoops a little bit to get
Staver: Well, I wouldn’t consider tomorrow just
jumping through the hoops. Tis is a huge step
in the direction but we all know that this is not
the fnal step. Usually the federal court of ap-
peals could clearly be the fnal step in the road
but since this case is of such magnifcent impor-
tance and it covers so many new areas and it’s
novel in scope, no matter which way the court
rules—whether it strikes down the law or up-
holds the law—I think the ultimate destination
is the United States Supreme Court. So that’s
a very unique situation that this case presents
that most arguments at the court of appeals do
not. Most cases stop at the federal court of ap-
peals. Tis case I think will go all the way to the
U.S. Supreme Court.
Question: How long do you get to speak?
Staver: A total of twenty minutes each side. So
we got forty minutes for the frst case and forty
minutes for the second case. Now that’s not a
lot of time but there’s a lot of questions that can
take place in that time period and of course a lot
of this has been done through the briefs. We’ve
already submitted an extensive brief and there’s
been a lot of interest and a lot of amicus briefs
[friend of the court briefs fled by interested
parties on either side] have been submitted as
Question: So two diferent cases. I mean, what
are the two?
Staver: Te two diferent cases are Liberty Uni-
versity v. Geithner, which I’ll argue frst and then
after that it’s the Commonwealth of Virginia v.
Sebelius. Tis commonality between those two
cases is that we both challenge the individual
mandate, saying that it’s beyond the authority
of Congress to pass that mandate but Liberty
University’s case that I’ll argue also challenges
the employer mandate and also adds additional
constitutional arguments as to why this law is
Liberty University lawsuit against Obama healthcare law hits
Federal Court of Appeals
Watch the video of Liberty University Law School Dean Mat Staver online
Reminder: personal property
tax installment due June 6
Lynchburg residents are reminded that
personal property taxes may be paid in full
by June 6 or in two installment payments
(June 6 and December 5). In addition, the
full amount of the vehicle license fee must
be paid by June 6. A 10% penalty will be
assessed if either the payment for the per-
sonal property tax or the vehicle license
fee is not received by June 6.
If you have not received a personal prop-
erty tax bill or have questions concerning
your bill, please contact the Billings and
Collections Division at 455-3850.
Questions regarding personal property
assessments should be directed to the
Commissioner of the Revenue’s Ofce at
Listen to audio of both
oral arguments online at
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Hill Climber
Sophie Brooks, a 2011 Hill Climb-
er, receives a trophy from Lynch-
burg Mayor Joan Foster.
Council approves CDBG
and HOME allocations
After much discussion in a Tuesday work
session, the Lynchburg city council later ap-
proved the funding allocations for the Com-
munity Development Block Grant (CDBG)
and HOME programs.
Due to a federal funding cut, the council
was forced to reduce CDBG allocations by
$40,000. Te amount was taken from the Tin-
bridge Hill Neighborhood funding, reducing
the allotment to just over $130,000. Te deci-
sion to reduce funding to the neighborhood
was made with the understanding that money
to replace the amount would likely become
available in CDBG surplus during the year.
Te Community Development Advisory
Committee (CDAC) recommended that the
CDBG public services allotment of almost
$75,000 be split evenly between four local non-
profts, an action that would have resulted in
just over $21,000 each. Te council, however,
voted to weigh the amounts based on rewards
the groups had received in the past.
Te Gateway House, a residential substance
abuse program for men, received $25,000.
Smart Beginnings, which provides early child-
hood education to disadvantaged families,
received $15,000. Te YWCA Domestic Vio-
lence Prevention Center and Miriam’s House,
a home for women and their children, both
received $22,000.
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[Watch the video or listen to the audio on]
By Dan McDermott
Te Lynchburg Times
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-6th) attended a rib-
bon cutting to mark the restoration of the
arbor and pergola at the Anne Spencer His-
toric Garden on Pierce St. in Lynchburg, Va.
Spencer was a renowned American poet. Her
garden is the only known restored African
American garden in the United States.
We asked Rep. Goodlatte where he was
when he heard that Osama bin Laden had
been killed and what his thoughts were on
FEMA’s rejection of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s
request for federal disaster assistance in the
wake of dozens of deadly and destructive tor-
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.): Well this is
the 3rd time I’ve had the opportunity to visit
Anne Spencer’s home here in Lynchburg. She
was a very signifcant American poet and she
also lived a very interesting life. Many great
African American leaders came to Lynchburg
to meet her, to stay at her home here and this
garden was a very important thing to her and
it’s a great, great project of the Hillside Gar-
den Club that they have completely renovated
this garden, built this new pergola and arbor
and it’s really a great occasion to be here if the
rain holds of.
Dan McDermott, Te Lynchburg Times:
Alright, I’ve got two more questions and lets
get to them real quick because it’s starting to
rain. One, where were you when you heard the
news about Osama bin Laden being killed?
What were your thoughts?
Goodlatte: I was at home. I was watching
television and my daughter texted me. She
lives in New York and she said, “What’s go-
ing on?” And so I turned on one of the news
channels and they said that the President was
about to announce that Osama bin Laden had
been killed. I was very glad to hear that. It’s
not something that I usually say about the
death of somebody but he perpetrated one
of the most evil acts against America in our
history and I was in the United States Capi-
tol on the day that the attack took place and
I know that that fourth plane, the one that
crashed in Pennsylvania due to the heroic acts
of the people on board the plane, was headed
toward the capitol. So this is something that
ever since then has been very important to me
that we take a very strong stand against ter-
rorism, that we root out the members of Al
Qaeda and now we’ve cut of the head and I
think that is a major accomplishment and our
brave Navy SEALS based here in Virginia are
to be commended for their great work.
McDermott: Virginia had a couple dozen
tornadoes, I think over 200 homes destroyed,
over a thousand damaged and ten lives lost.
Most importantly ten lives lost. Te Governor
just put out word today that FEMA had de-
nied his request for federal disaster assistance.
Any thoughts on that?
Goodlatte: Well it’s unfortunate. FEMA
does have standards that they set and we have
very serious disasters around the country. Ob-
viously some of the states in the deep south,
particularly Alabama, were hit much harder
than Virginia was and of course the state
hopefully will be able to use state resources to
help some of the families who lost their homes
and were devastated. It’s not something that
people around here expect to see, tornadoes,
and so often times they may not be prepared
for that type of event. Out in the midwest they
have storm cellars and so on but people who
live in some of the dwellings around Virginia
weren’t ready for that at all and were devastat-
ed and some of them lost everything they had
and so I hope the state is able to help them.
We obviously need on an on-going basis to
review what the federal government does but
I do understand why the federal government
has to have minimum thresholds to be met
before the government steps in otherwise ev-
ery time there were a house fre or some other
local catastrophe, people would be turning to
the federal government and they shouldn’t be
doing that. It should be saved for things that
are of such severe impact that an individual
state can’t bare the burden of helping the peo-
ple who are devastated themselves. So hope-
fully the state will be able to help. If they are
not able to do so I’m sure I’ll hear from Gov.
McDonnell with his views about what was de-
cided by FEMA.
For more information on the Anne Spencer
Historical Garden and museum, visit them on
the web at
[Watch the video or listen to the audio on]
Goodlatte on bin Laden, FEMA’s rejection of assistance
to Va. and one very special Lynchburg garden
By Dan McDermott
Te Lynchburg Times
Te ribbon was cut to mark the reno-
vated historic garden at Lynchburg’s
Anne Spencer Historic House and Gar-
den Museums May 7. Even an antici-
pated rain held of long enough for the
ceremony and photos to proceed.
Anne Spencer was a renowned Amer-
ican poet. Hers is the only known re-
stored African American garden in the
United States.
Te event acknowledged the comple-
tion of the Arbor and Pergola Resto-
ration Project. Te site dates to circa
Special Invited Guests and award re-
cipients included Parks Snead, Sr., Terri
Owens, Lanny Hodges, Jane Baber
White and Rep. Bob Goodlatte. Cater-
ing was by Eula Duiguid Stamps. Mu-
sic was provided by Anthony Andrews.
Te restoration project was sponsored
by the Hillside Garden Club and Te
Friends of the Garden.
For more information on these Vir-
ginia and nationally recognized historic
museums, visit www.annespencermu- or call (434) 845-1313.
You can watch the entire ceremony
online at
Historic Anne Spencer Garden
ribbon cutting
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• In the African nation of Sudan, a traditional
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• “Casablanca,” starring Humphrey Bogart
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loved movies of all time, frequently being list-
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• Connoisseurs of frog legs claim that you
should leave the toes on when frying -- they’re
good for picking your teeth after eating.

• The deepest hole ever drilled by humans
reached a whopping depth of 7.62 miles.
The project, known as the Kola Superdeep
Borehole, was undertaken in Russia for the
purpose of scientific research.
• At any given time, about two-thirds of the
earth’s surface is covered by clouds.

• American author, abolitionist, naturalist, his-
torian and philosopher Henry David Thoreau
died on May 6, 1862, of complications of tu-
berculosis. Those who were with him during
his final moments say his last words were
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• The tiny nation of San Marino, which is en-
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Amherst ofcials looking for
alleged scammer
Te Amherst County Sherif’s Ofce is in-
vestigating several reported scams involving
senior citizens. On Tuesday May 3rd. An el-
derly couple in the Izaak Walton area of Am-
herst County had roof repairs made to their
double wide home. A contractor approached
them and ofered to make the repairs for one
price. He and an employee then did some lim-
ited work on the roof and when it came time
to leave, the couple asked the contractor to
write the check because they couldn’t see to
complete it.
Te check he wrote and cashed was for sub-
stantially more than the quote he made for
the repairs. As a course of the investigation, a
reputable local contractor inspected the roof
and determined that no work had been done.
On May 3rd, the same contractor ap-
proached another senior on the south end of
the county and solicited to do work for her.
After receiving $ 8,700 dollars by check, he
demanded an additional cash payment. Tere
was only a very limited amount of work done,
and now he can’t be located by the home own-
Te Sherif’s Ofce currently has outstand-
ing warrants for Ricky Nelson Nelms, a 38
year old white male from Lake Vista Drive
Forest Va. He is described as being 6’ 1” tall
and weighs 250’. He has brown hair and blue
eyes and has been targeting senior citizens in
our area.
Anyone with any information regarding this
crime or the identity of the suspects is asked
to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900, vis-
it the Central Virginia Crime Stoppers web-
site at to enter a
web tip, or text “CVCS plus your message” to
274637. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000
for information regarding this crime. All in-
formation is totally confdential.
Residents are reminded to take a few min-
utes to look into the background of persons
ofering to do work for you. A good rule to fol-
low is to contact the people you are interested
in having work for you, and to not accept peo-
ple going door to door soliciting work.
Crime of the week: Credit card
Te Lynchburg Police Department respond-
ed to a report of a credit card fraud that oc-
curred on Saturday 04/30/2011 at Wal-Mart,
located at 3900 Wards Rd in the City of Lynch-
burg. Te suspect used the victim’s credit card
without permission to make unauthorized
We are seeking the identity of the female
wearing the white dress that is shown in the
store security video footage shown here.
Anyone with any information regarding this
crime or the identity of the suspect is asked
to call Detective J.L. Hise at 434-455-6173, or
Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900, visit the
Central Virginia Crime Stoppers website at to enter a web tip,
or text “CVCS plus your message” to 274637.
Lynchburg public school seniors
receive honors recognition
Te Lynchburg City Schools Education
Foundation, Inc. is partnering with the Lynch-
burg City Schools to host a Senior Honors
Recognition Program on Wednesday, May 18,
2011 at 6 P.M. in the Memorial Ballroom on
the Lynchburg College Campus. Te purpose
of the dinner is to honor the top 15 seniors
from E.C. Glass High School and the top 15 se-
niors from Heritage High School for their su-
perior academic accomplishments. Tis year’s
program is supported by our area colleges and
universities: Central Virginia Community Col-
lege, Liberty University, Lynchburg College,
Randolph College, Sweet Briar College, and
Virginia University of Lynchburg. Te event
will be attended by administrators from the
Lynchburg City Schools along with Lynchburg
City School Board members, Lynchburg City
Schools Education Foundation Trustees, and
other community representatives. In addition,
each honored senior could invite his/her par-
ents/guardians as well as a teacher from his/
her K-12 educational experience who has had
a lasting impact on the student’s life. Students
are individually recognized and receive a cer-
tifcate honoring their success.
Tis year’s list of honorees:
E.C. Glass High School: Jeremy Burke,
Ben Fisher, Carter Lee Head, Jasmine Phyli-
sha Jones, Sheila Klauck, Katherine McCrea,
Timothy Devon Morris, Haley Neisser, Anna
Newton, Kara Simon, Madeleine Skorcz, Hal-
ey Erin Smith, Jef Soldate, Catherine Valen-
tine, Elizabeth Ware
Heritage High School: Hannah Bondurant,
Marco Bustamante, Natasha N. Chowdry,
Waleed Ilyas, Esther Jeoung, Megan Kervin,
Taehun Kim, Maria E. Michael, Kaitlin Mor-
ris, Stefan Moscalu, Terri Motley, Angela
Palmer, Somer Sellers, Sarah Stephens, Rosa
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Mendenhall Carries the Ball
The question posed to the listener was as follows:
“Who cares what Rashard Mendenhall thinks?”
Because, as we all know, the only voices worth lis-
tening to are those of radio talk-show hosts who like to
spend an inordinate amount of time -- in some cases,
full 15-minute segments of their show -- to address the
140-word missives of a Pittsburgh Steelers running
And, in a more ironic light, they spend that time
sucking up our valuable radio spectrum, asserting that
they’re the only ones worthy enough of the signal.
Here’s the thing: Anyone that’s ever done radio knows
how challenging it is to fill the time when you don’t have
game enough to do so. Others know that you can have
a few caffeine-laden beverages and ramble on to the
point where your radio intern has to cut you off and go to
commercial. Either way, I’ll never understand why any
journalist or radio jock would complain about an athlete
talking in public.
Mendenhall, a self-confessed “conversationalist and
professional athlete,” tweeted what most people recog-
nized as a sympathetic bin Laden post the night after
American forces killed the mass murderer.
“What kind of person celebrates death? It’s amazing
how people can HATE a man they have never even
heard speak. We’ve only heard one side,” Mendenhall
Hey, I’ll take that debate. Actions speak louder than
words, right? To his credit, he led the AFC champion
Steelers in carries (324), rushing yards (1,273) and
rushing touchdowns (13). He has 2,439 yards in three
seasons since being drafted in the first round in 2008
from Illinois.
So what kind of person celebrates death? Well, just
about every religion reveres their martyrs, and a lot of
people are celebrated in death, but Bin Laden’s death,
according to most rational opinion, was more than likely
a good thing. When Phillies fans and Mets fans hug dur-
ing an extra innings game in Queens, New York, you
easily recognize the impact this event had on people.
Since the 9/11 attacks, the New York Yankees have
opted for “God Bless America” during the seventh in-
ning stretch instead of the traditional “Take me out to the
ballgame.” It’s an intense experience. For all of the flak
Derek Jeter receives lately, just seeing the earnest look
in his eyes during the tribute makes you understand
from the field level how the attacks affected the city.
Jeter speaks for the Yankees because he’s showing
respect, but Mendenhall doesn’t necessarily have to
speak for the Steelers, and it’s safe to say he doesn’t.
But like Jim Brown, Ali and really anyone in our country
that cares to, he’s welcome to speak his mind.
He might have given us 140 characters too much, but
at least let the ball carrier speak.
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1. Ron Hassey caught perfect games by Cleveland’s
Len Barker (1981) and Montreal’s Dennis Martinez
2. Reggie Jackson hit 47 in 1969, and Jason Giambi
hit 43 in 2000.
3. Five times - 1983, ‘87, ‘89, ‘91 and 2001.
4. Paul Silas, with 208 regular-season victories.
5. Hartford beat Philadelphia 9-7 in 1984.
6. It was Jerry Riley, in 1976.
7. Beth Daniel, in 1994.
1. Who is the only major-league player to catch two
perfect games?
2. Name the two players other than Jose Canseco
and Mark McGwire to hit 40-plus homers in a season
for the Oakland Athletics.
3. How many national titles has the University of Mi-
ami, Fla., football team won?
4. Who holds the New Orleans Hornets franchise
record for most career coaching wins?
5. The Philadelphia Flyers lost 8-7 to Tampa Bay in
an NHL game in 2010. Against what other team in
franchise history did the Flyers lose despite scoring
seven goals?
6. Name the last Alaskan Native champion of the
Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race before John Baker in
7. Who was the last American golfer to be named
LPGA Player of the Year?
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The Weekly Word
Atheism On Te Attack
(Part 2)
Or should our response be to allow these
“uncircumcised” hearted individuals to run
around & rip our God to pieces, albeit we
know they will fail. Perhaps this is why we
keep silent for the most part? Sort of re-
minds me of the movie China Cry, the Nora
Lam story how when they fnally agreed to let
her go, the Communist ofcials said “please,
take your God with you” & she replied, “to
do that, you would have to chain the wind”!
Friends, make no mistake about it, according
to Barna research, young people are mov-
ing away from the Faith in large numbers as
Universities get more & more aggressive with
their secular & liberal agenda’s, socially & re-
ligiously. Bill Mayer, Kathy Grifn & other
Hollywood types on a regular basis assail
faith. Julia Sweeney, a former cast member
of Saturday Night Live practically details her
decent (if I may borrow a word from her self
proclaimed champion Charles Darwin) into
faithlessness on her blog, which is very typi-
cal of the road these people travel along the
path of living for themselves.

“Te Presence By Your Absence Factor”
Tis term comes from a song by Michael
Card entitled “Could It Be”. What I think is
somewhat at the heart of what many of these
Atheists say, once pressed a bit is that they
have gone away from faith because they feel
that God is “hiding” or somehow may be un-
interested in human afairs? Tis is just my
guess, but from Richard Dawkins to Bertrand
Russell, they all say the same thing regard-
ing what they would say if (certainly when!)
they ended up meeting God. “Why did you
go to such great pains to hide yourself ”? In
the song Could It Be, here’s a line that pret-
ty much sums the song up & makes a bit of
sense & reason out of perhaps why, when
you include the faith factor, that God, other
than the fact He is not out for power & glory,
does not just appear on the spot whenever we
ask. “Could it be you’ve made your presence
known, so often by your absence, could it be
that questions tell us more than answers ever
do”? It’s a great song & can be found on Mi-
chael Card’s CD, “Present Reality” from the
late 80’s.
“Out of Context Syndrome”
Tis is probably by far the easiest & most
glaring example of where Atheists just “don’t
get it”. A big part is of course that barely
none of them, but a few hold any classroom
hours, never mind any Teological degree’s
& so they end up tearing apart God’s Word
& taking verses & topic’s badly out of con-
text where even the untrained eye, but open
hearted person can see what they do as well!
Former SNLer, actress Julia Sweeney cer-
tainly is one who leads the pack here as she
on her blog has many distortions of Scripture
which are really embarrassing to say the least
& this poor woman built a show around some
of this stuf! Richard Dawkins calls God, as
He is revealed in the O.T. countless blasphe-
mous names & all because he just looks at
what God did & never takes anytime to see
the “what & why’s” of the context. God never
does anything without a purpose in mind. I
could on & on, but always look for the distor-
tion of the Truth friends, it is always there,
but sadly people rarely take the time to do
any in depth study as to why or what, etc.
Al Stewart is the Senior Pastor at Te
Kirk in Forest, Va. If you want to visit his
blog, just go to:
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• On May 23, 1701, at London’s Execution
Dock, British privateer William Kidd, popularly
known as Captain Kidd, is hanged for five
charges of piracy and one charge of murdering
a crewman. A colorful Kidd legend included re-
ports of lost buried treasure that fortune seek-
ers have pursued for centuries.
• On May 24, 1883, after 14 years and 27
deaths while being constructed, the Brooklyn
Bridge in New York is opened, the largest sus-
pension bridge ever built to that date.
• On May 27, 1894, Dashiell Hammett, author
of “The Maltese Falcon,” is born in Maryland.
He worked as a Pinkerton detective for eight
years and turned his experiences into fic-
tion. The novel was filmed three times: once
in 1931; again in 1936 under the title “Satan
Met a Lady,” starring Bette Davis; and finally in
1941, starring Humphrey Bogart.
• On May 26, 1927, the final and 15 millionth
Model T Ford rolls out of the factory, on the of-
ficial last day of production. Introduced in Oc-
tober 1908, the Model T -- also known as the
“Tin Lizzie” -- got about 13 to 21 miles per gal-
lon of gasoline and could travel up to 45 mph.
• On May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary of New
Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa of
Nepal, become the first explorers to reach the
summit of Mount Everest, the highest point
on earth. At 29,035 feet above sea level, the
low-oxygen summit of Everest reaches two-
thirds of the way through the air of earth’s at-
mosphere -- at about the cruising altitude of
jet airliners.
• On May 25, 1977, George Lucas’ blockbuster
movie “Star Wars” opens in American theaters.
With its groundbreaking special effects, “Star
Wars” was soon a bona-fide pop culture phe-
nomenon, spawning five more feature films,
five TV series and an entire industry’s worth of
comic books, toys and video games.
• On May 28, 1983, Irene Cara’s song “Flash-
dance (What a Feeling)”, from the “Flashdance”
movie soundtrack, goes to the top of the U.S.
pop charts. The song helped propel the rela-
tively low-budget film to the No. 3 spot on the
total box-office revenue list for the year.
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By Dan McDermott
Te Lynchburg Times
FOREST–Seven-time professional Muay
Tai boxing champion Tom Jones paid a visit
to Forest May 11 to join Bedford County Sher-
if Mike Brown in promoting the Safe Surfn’
For Jones, the visit is personal. “I was taken
away from my home when I was seven years
old and I was put in a children’s home and
during the time that I was in that children’s
home I was sexually molested for four years by
the staf there. It caused a litany of problems
in my life and when I decided to take my ath-
letic ability and dedicate that to worthwhile
causes I picked abused and neglected kids at
frst and I wanted to go out and I wanted to
go into environments that were much like the
environment that I was raised in,” he said.
Safe Surfn’ is a non-proft group that edu-
cates the public about internet crimes against
children through special events and printed
materials. Brown has hosted other celebri-
ties in the past, including basketball superstar
Shaquille O’Neal and 70s TV star Erik Estrada.
Brown says the celebrities serve a useful pur-
pose. “We as ‘law enforcement types’ whether
we are sherifs, troopers, city police ofcers
or whoever, in general we just cannot capture
the attention of groups, individuals, parents,
teachers, kids like these spokespersons can,”
he said.
Brown said he is working on a visit by for-
mer super-model Kathy Ireland, a suggestion
that was greeted encouragingly by the male
reporters in the audience.
Extreme athlete Tom Jones joins Bedford Sherif Mike
Brown in Forest to promote Safe Surfn’ for kids
Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown is joined by seven-time Muay Thai Box-
ing Champion and extreme athlete Tom Jones at a Forest event to support
the Safe Surfn’ Foundation, a non-proft group that works to educate the
public about internet sex crimes against children.
Watch the complete video online
Lynchburg Humane Society’s Best
Friend Ball raises over $55,000
Te Lynchburg Humane Society’s frst an-
nual Best Friend Ball held on April 30th at
Tresca on 8th raised over $55,000. Te Hon-
oray Chairs of the event were Jane, Ken and
“Sugah” White. Tis black tie beneft was in
support of the Lynchburg Humane Society’s
Second Chance Fund. Many of the lost and
abandoned pets come to the Lynchburg Hu-
mane Society needing medical attention and
rehabilitation. Tis fund gives animals a sec-
ond chance to receive the medical care they
deserve and receive necessary preventative
Guests enjoyed the musical sounds of
the Almost Brothers Band with silent and
live auctions. Over 200 people and 23 dogs
were in attendence. Te biggest news of the
evening is that the privildge to be the frst
Mascot of the Lynchburg Humane Society
was purchased in our live auction by Mrs.
Sara Candler for her Cavalier King Charles
Spaniel, Higgins. Higgins will be getting his
very own facebook page and represent the
Lynchburg Humane Society at many of their
Te Humane Society also be presenting
their frst ever Hill City Humane Award to
Peaks View Animal Hospital. Te annual
award recognizes the remarkable work of an
individual or business who has worked dili-
gently for the beneft of companion animals
in the Lynchburg community.
Te Lynchburg Humane Society is a non-
proft animal welfare organization that
provides a safe environment for the lost,
abandoned, and homeless animals of the
Lynchburg community. Tey strive to pro-
mote humane and responsible treatment of
animals, unite lost pets with their families,
and fnd loving homes for the animals in
their care.
For more information about the Lynchburg
Humane Society, and ways you can support
their life-saving programs, we encourage you
to contact Makena Yarbrough, at 434-846-
1438, ext. #13 or visit their website at www.
Lynchburg City Police Offcer Bryant Nowlin receives recogni-
tion from Mayor Joan Foster for occupant protection month
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Detecting Alzheimer’s
in Earliest Stage
Researchers are moving ahead in their quest
for a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. For the
first time since 1984, they’ve come out with a new
set of guidelines.
It used to be that there was no diagnosis of
Alzheimer’s until the patient experienced com-
plete dementia. Two years ago, researchers
from around the world came together to pool all
their information and to rethink how they’ve ap-
proached the care of those with Alzheimer’s, as
well as learn new ways to diagnose it sooner.
From those efforts, researchers have been able
to identify three specific stages of the disease:
preclinical (brain changes that can show up as
much as 10 years in advance), mild cognitive im-
pairment (some mental declines that the patient
and others can notice) and Alzheimer’s dementia.
Mild cognitive impairment doesn’t always become
The new guidelines allow for a diagnosis much
earlier, before there are even symptoms, when
treatment might still be effective. The earlier di-
agnoses can make use of physical changes (bio-
markers) seen in brain scans, spinal fluids and
blood proteins.
This doesn’t mean they’ve found a cure for
Alzheimer’s, but it does mean that researchers
can use the new information to help find a cure,
or at least a treatment. At this point, research-
ers will focus, in clinical trials, on the “preclinical”
biomarkers to try to determine which are specific
to the development of Alzheimer’s and how they
By learning just how early the first steps of
Alzheimer’s show up, researchers can develop
drugs that will slow the progress of the disease at
a much earlier point.
For more information on Alzheimer’s disease
and a close look at the new guidelines, go to the
Alzheimer’s Association website at
or call them at 800-272-3900.
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into her column whenever possible. Write to her in
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Diverticulosis Common
With Age
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Will you write about di-
verticulosis? I was twice hospitalized for it and
had to stay there 12 days in all. When I left, they
didn’t give me any diet or medicines. I saw my
primary doctor later, who didn’t think I had di-
verticulosis because they didn’t do much for
me. Some tell me that you don’t have to stay on
a diet or take medicine. Is that so? -- N.F.
ANSWER: A diverticulum is a tiny pouch formed by
the colon lining that has been pushed through the
muscular colon wall. Its size varies from 0.2 to 0.4
inches (5 to 10 mm) in diameter, about the size of
a small pea. Diverticulosis indicates that the colon
has sprouted many diverticula. It’s most often si-
lent. Close to one-third of adults at 60 years of age
have it. By age 80, two-thirds have it.
Diverticulosis is found in countries where grains
are refined. Refined grains have lost their outer
coat, the bran. Bran was, at one time, the principal
source of fiber. Fiber keeps stool soft and easily
pushed through the digestive tract. With too little
fiber, the colon has to exert great force to move
undigested food along. That force is responsible
for pushing the colon lining through the colon wall
to form a diverticulum on its outer surface.
When you were hospitalized, you had diverticu-
litis -- inflammation of diverticulum. The neck of di-
verticula became clogged with bacteria and pieces
of hard stool. The diverticula swelled. For mild
symptoms, people can be treated at home by go-
ing on a liquid diet and taking antibiotics. For more
severe involvement, people are hospitalized and
fed intravenously and given intravenous antibiot-
Now that your diverticulitis has calmed down,
the only diet you need follow is one with plenty of
fiber -- 30 to 35 grams a day. Fruits, vegetables
and whole grains are fiber sources. Many cereals
are filled with fiber: Fiber One, All-Bran, Shredded
Wheat and cooked oatmeal are examples. You do
not have to take any medicines.
The booklet on diverticulosis covers this topic in
detail. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr.
Donohue -- No. 502W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL
32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no
cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipi-
ent’s printed name and address. Please allow four
weeks for delivery.
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I will turn 65 shortly.
My health is just fne. I am out and active. I do
odd jobs like construction and hauling. Some
friends want me to see a doctor just for a physi-
cal because I haven’t been to one in 35 years.
Why should I? All is OK with me. Is it true that
80 percent of men don’t go to doctors? -- C.F.
ANSWER: You’re getting on in years. Bad things
happen with aging. You don’t want to be surprised
by a heart attack, a stroke or a cancer that has
grown so big that it can’t be treated, do you? Those
are some of the reasons you should see a doctor. I
like your fighting spirit.
I don’t believe that 80 percent of men never see
a doctor.
individual letters, but he will incorporate them in
him or request an order form of available health
newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL
VA Cracks Down on
A percentage of government contracts are set
aside for service-disabled veteran-owned small
businesses. The Office of Small and Disadvan-
taged Business Utilization was set up to sup-
port, guide and counsel those small businesses,
and there are many requirements: the veteran
must own 51 percent of the business and be the
highest officer in the company, to name just two.
Additionally the veteran must have a letter from
the Department of Veterans Affairs stating that
there is a service-connected disability, as well
as a DD-214 or its equivalent.
In other words, there’s a paper trail. Theoreti-
cally, someone reviews the documentation.
How then did a guy in New York make $16
million on VA service-disabled veteran-owned
contracts when he wasn’t 1) disabled or 2) a vet-
eran? A recent court case found the guy guilty
of the scheming, as well as making false state-
ments and witness tampering. I’m pleased to
report that he could get up to 75 years in prison
for it.
I’m also pleased to report that last October,
the Veterans Small Business Verification Act
was signed, and new levels of scrutiny in the
awarding of contracts were developed.
Additionally there’s a Vendor Information
Page area online where each approved busi-
ness was told in January to provide documenta-
tion within 90 days to verify that their business
is indeed owned by a veteran. Failing to do so
would mean that vendor wouldn’t have a profile
in the VIP database and the application would
be considered incomplete. In other words, no
It looks like the VA plugged the hole through
which untold millions of dollars were leaking due
to non-verification. But we may never know just
how many dollars have been lost this way.
Write to Freddy Groves in care of King Features
Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL
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1 Interrogate
5 Took a dip
9 Engineering course
13 Theater collection
17 Government group
18 The Fates, e.g.
19 Akbar’s city
20 Madonna role
22 Moral man?
23 Pianist Lupu
24 Unwelcome visit?
25 Plot
26 Narcs’ org.
27 Roberts or Robertson
28 Took in
31 Dress size
32 Start of a remark by
Marguerite Whitely May
37 Malamute medic
38 Eaves dropper?
39 “- whiz!”
40 Assumption
43 “Tosca” tenor
45 “Veronica’s Closet”
48 Haggard
52 Surrounded by
53 Cook’s cry
54 Wilbur Post’s confidant
55 Curly poker?
56 Crony
57 Eisenhower, for one
58 African capital
59 Mansfield or Meadows
61 Author France
63 It comes from the
64 Weep
65 Middle of remark
71 “Make - double!”
72 Crack up
73 “Evil Ways” group
75 - salad
78 Pennsylvania sect
79 Rock’s Tears for -
81 Squash shot
82 Garage supply
83 - in (yield)
84 Beetle Bailey’s boss
85 1,760 yards
86 Put on hold
89 Vane letters
90 Composer Gabriel
91 ‘78 Peace Nobelist
92 Actor Cariou
94 Downs a donut
95 Antlered animal
96 End of remark
107 Aphrodite’s son
108 Jeeves’ master
109 Say please too often?
110 Buddy
111 “The Full -” (‘96 film)
113 Guitar kin
114 Author Dinesen
116 “What - Bob?” (‘91
118 Poet Sanchez
119 Level
120 Mall event
121 Quiet partner?
122 Singer Lonnie
123 Start a crop
124 Blabbed
125 Conductor Jeffrey
1 Chess piece
2 Retract
3 Skater Midori
4 Use a phaser
5 Scarecrow stuffing
6 Ire
7 Pitch in
8 Peak
9 Kind of swallow
10 Once more
11 Treat alternative
12 Hot spot?
13 Mo
14 First name in boxing
15 Shinbone
16 Berle sidekick
17 Pinkett of “The Nutty
21 Nautical adverb
27 Favorite
29 Kentucky neighbor
30 Westminster winner
33 Roman poet
34 Aerialist’s fallback
35 Senator Hatch
36 Spearheaded
40 Mama’s boy?
41 Muscat native
42 Marner or Lapham
43 Diverse
44 Khan opener?
45 Actress Ekland
46 Broadcast in July
47 Bustle
49 One of the Marches
50 Finished first
51 Born
53 Perry’s secretary
54 Swamp
57 Reggae’s - and the
58 Cold sound
59 Pop Art pioneer
60 Blind as -
62 Relief initials?
63 Tickle
64 Gawk
66 Violinist Mischa
67 Inexperienced
68 Inedible fruit
69 Sound
70 “- Gay”
74 Facilitate a felony
75 Fare for a fry
76 Hurry
77 Sprite
78 Mr. Lucky’s card
79 Gounod opera
80 Drop a brick
84 Juvenal or Swift
85 Certain shark
87 Stretchy
88 Gun the engine
90 Mirror image?
91 Crafty
93 Contemporary
94 Hold out
95 Word with good or bad
96 Clears one’s throat
97 Forster’s “- With a
98 Singer Summer
99 Parts
100 “- Got a Friend” (‘71
101 Cosmetician Lauder
102 Everything considered
103 Bare
104 Kapitan’s command
105 Armistice
106 Table d’-
112 Flap one’s gums
115 - Tome
116 Prone
117 Arthur or Benaderet
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Toward the unity of all believers: Toward the unity of all believers: Toward the unity of all believers:
Question: Mr. Glenn, Is there such a thing as certain truth? Can there be one reli- Question: Mr. Glenn, Is there such a thing as certain truth? Can there be one reli- Question: Mr. Glenn, Is there such a thing as certain truth? Can there be one reli-
gious way for you and a different one for me? gious way for you and a different one for me? gious way for you and a different one for me? Many people says that if a person Many people says that if a person Many people says that if a person
claims to “be right”, he is arrogant. Supposedly, because we are human, we cannot claims to “be right”, he is arrogant. Supposedly, because we are human, we cannot claims to “be right”, he is arrogant. Supposedly, because we are human, we cannot
be certain of anything. I do wonder if those who say that are certain?? Jesus said be certain of anything. I do wonder if those who say that are certain?? Jesus said be certain of anything. I do wonder if those who say that are certain?? Jesus said
that truth shall set us free (John 8:32). The Bible also teaches that everyone should that truth shall set us free (John 8:32). The Bible also teaches that everyone should that truth shall set us free (John 8:32). The Bible also teaches that everyone should
be in agreement about truth and that preachers and Christians should all believe and be in agreement about truth and that preachers and Christians should all believe and be in agreement about truth and that preachers and Christians should all believe and
teach the same doctrine: “that we all speak the same thing, and that there be no divi- teach the same doctrine: “that we all speak the same thing, and that there be no divi- teach the same doctrine: “that we all speak the same thing, and that there be no divi-
sions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in sions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in sions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in
the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 1:10). There are many other passages. It sounds the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 1:10). There are many other passages. It sounds the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 1:10). There are many other passages. It sounds
to me like the truth should be the same for us all. What do you think? If you would to me like the truth should be the same for us all. What do you think? If you would to me like the truth should be the same for us all. What do you think? If you would
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