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  • Newman working to stop request

    who was convicted in 1990 for the 1985 murders of Derek and Nancy Haysom in Bedford County.

        Newman said Kaine’s decision was devastating to both the families of the Haysoms as well as Central Virginia, where Soering was tried and convicted in a trial that drew international attention because Soering was the son of a former German diplomat.

  • Breaking: Kaine seeks to have Soering released to Germany

    For more than five years, Major Ricky Gardner, of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office, lived through the prosecution of Jens Soering for his role in the 1985 killings of  Derek and Nancy Haysom  at their Boonsboro home.

  • More charges possible

    Former Staunton River football coach Rick Witt, released from custody following a bail hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court Friday, may face more charges as the investigation continues into his alleged relationships with one or more minors, according to authorities.

        Currently Witt, 36, is facing a single felony charge of taking indecent liberties with a minor while in Bedford County.  According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz, however, Witt could be facing additional charges.

  • Hospice house breaks ground

    Back in 1999, a $2,000 gift to the Bedford Community Health Foundation helped it start an endowment fund to provide hospice services to those in need in the Bedford area. From that seed money an impressive movement began, highlighted Saturday by the groundbreaking for Bedford House, which once completed, will offer hospice services to area residents in the final stages of their lives.

  • Supervisors consider dropping some meetings

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors held its annual organizational meeting Monday night. District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek was elected chairman and District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard was elected vice chairman.

        The supervisors also took a look at what lies ahead in budget development for the next fiscal year. County Administrator Kathleen Guzi told the supervisors that this will be the third budget year in a row in which localities will face cuts in the amount of money they receive from the state.

  • Stalin bust still headed to Memorial

        The Stalin bust is still on its way to the National D-Day Memorial.

        “We have not seen the bust yet, or the plaque,” said Jeff Fulgham, the D-Day Memorial’s director of development.

        According to Fulgham, there are a number of reasons that can delay a piece of bronze sculpture. In this case, the bust comes with a plaque to explain it and there is a proofing process before the text, and the way it's formatted, is finalized and set in bronze.

  • Bedford’s Company A deploys for Iraq

    Family and community supporters turned out en masse for a send-off ceremony for 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment Friday morning. The battalion includes Bedford’s Company A.

        The ceremony was originally scheduled for the National D-Day Memorial but cold, blustery weather resulted in a last minute change to an indoor venue. Many of soldiers have small children and infants and the Memorial’s windy hilltop would have provided harsh conditions on a day when the temperature didn’t make it out of the 20s.

  • Update: Former SRHS football coach granted bail

     Former Staunton River football coach Rick Witt is set to be released from custody following a bail hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court Friday.

        Judge James Updike offered Witt the choice of $5,000 cash or $10,000 real estate bond.  Witt's strong ties to the community were cited during the hearing.

  • 400 Virginia Guardsmen prepar for Iraq deployment

    About 400 members of the Virginia National Guard are preparing for deployment to Iraq.

    A departure ceremony is scheduled Friday at Liberty University for the 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Brigade Combat Team

    The Guard says the Lynchburg-based unit will undergo mobilization training at Camp Shelby, Miss., for 45 to 60 days before deploying to Iraq

  • Lawsuit pits two groups vying for rights to research

    Just who owns the rights to information gathered by members of the Bedford Genealogical Society for the past two decades is at the heart of a lawsuit filed in United States District Court.