Today's News

  • Judge upholds jury sentence

    Back in March, a Bedford County jury sentenced Cecelia Burnette to eight years in prison after convicting her of felony child abuse, on March 17, in the death of her infant daughter, Marissa. Today, she was back in Bedford County Circuit Court for formal sentencing.
    Burnette's defense team of David Oblon, Hilary Griffith put Burnette's mother on the stand in an effort to persuade Judge James Updike to impose a different sentence.
    "She is the only child I have," said Robin Lambert, Burnette's mother.

  • New family caregiver program

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), on 4 May, 2011, published the interim final rule for implementing the Family Caregiver Program for the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Service Act 2010.  This new rule will provide additional support to eligible post 9/11 veterans who elect to receive their care in a home setting from a Primary Family Caregiver.

  • The effects of rising gas prices on the 5th District

    This past week, I attended and hosted over 20 events throughout the 5th District. We made stops in Charlottesville, Danville, South Boston, Chase City, Farmville, Hardy, Rocky Mount, Java, Martinsville, Lawrenceville, Kenbridge, and Chatham.


  • Hearing from my constituents

  • How bad can the GOP field get?

        The weak and mediocre state of the Republican presidential field for 2012 has become such a given in recent weeks, I almost feel like I’m picking on them if I write about it….

        But, I said almost…Honestly, I’ve observed presidential politics for a long time, since about 1968, and I’ve never seen a field of “contenders” from an out-of-power party – Democratic or Republican – that’s this bad.

  • Mission accomplished

        Do you remember, back in 2003, when President George W. Bush strode onto the deck on an aircraft carrier with a banner emblazoned with “Mission accomplished” hanging from the carrier’s island? He’s often been ridiculed by the left because of this, and that’s why I laughed when I read Rick Howell’s “The Liberal Agenda” last week.

  • Exhibit features work by high school student

        A rainy Friday night this month didn’t stop people from filling the Bower Center for a student art exhibit during 2nd Fridays.

  • Tracksters to Regionals

      Jefferson Forest’s girls team put forth the best outing of any of the four county teams at the Seminole District championship meet, held at Amherst.

  • Regional preview?

      There was a safe bet for Friday night’s much anticipated soccer match between Lord Botetourt and Jefferson Forest:  The Cavs would win.

  • Thaxton wins national recognition

    Thaxton Elementary School’s N.E.E.D. Team has won first place, nationally, for elementary school level N.E.E.D. programs. According to the N.E.E.D. Web site at www.need.org, it all began with  joint congressional resolution that established National Energy Education Day 30 years ago. It grew into an effort to bring comprehensive energy education to American classrooms.