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Today's News

  • Winter Storm Warning in Effect: VDOT Prepared

    With snowfall in southwest Virginia expected to begin before dawn this morning and continue into the evening, the Virginia Department of Transportation is encouraging drivers to avoid unnecessary travel today until after the storm passes and road conditions improve.

  • Reaching out to you

    Each year my office hears from thousands of constituents from the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia. As your representative, an important part of my job is finding various ways to reach out to you, respond to your questions, seek suggestions on legislative activities, and hear your opinions. In 2013, I sent over 59,000 responses to constituents who contacted my office by phone, e-mail, fax, or postal mail. My office also helped constituents with thousands more individual cases.

  • Crawling out of the pit

        I’m an optimist of sorts. If somebody were to say to me, “Things can’t get any worse,” I would reply, “Oh yes they can!” This sort of “optimism” defines what I expect from the Obama administration’s behavior this year.
        One ray of light that’s been poking through this cloudy outlook is the U. S. economy. In spite of President Barack Obama’s best efforts to kill it, our economy is slowly crawling out of the pit it fell into six years ago.

  • Don’t forget about your pets

    We all want to stay warm. Last week reminded us of that.
        But as we prepare for the next blast of winter weather, it’s important that we also remember to have a plan to keep our pets warm.
        After all, they are counting on us to take care of them, especially if they are outdoor dogs or cats.
        To help keep your entire family safe and warm, the American Red Cross and the Humane Society suggest a number of winter safety reminders for both you and your pets.

  • Senate looks at weekend jail sentencing

    By Eric Luther
    Capital News Service

        RICHMOND -- A new bill aiming to amend and reenact the Code of Virginia requirements allowing individuals guilty of misdemeanors and certain nonviolent felonies to serve nonconsecutive jail sentences has been proposed by Sen. William Stanley Jr., R-Moneta.
        Senate Bill 167 seeks to remove a code provision stating a criminal sentence of nonconsecutive days only be issued on the basis of allowing a convicted individual to retain employment.

  • Moneta man sentenced for sexual assault of girl

        A 19-year-old Moneta man, who has maintained his innocence since being arrested, will spend two years in prison for having sexual contact with a minor girl under the age of 13 years old.
        But the attorney for Howard Jamar Witcher stated during a sentencing hearing Tuesday that he plans to appeal the conviction.

  • JFHS student marches with All-American band

        Amanda Arnold, a Jefferson Forest High School (JFHS) senior, was selected for a special honor for high school band students.  She was one of 125 high school band students from all over the United States chosen for the US Army All-American High School Marching Band.

  • Fire destroys home

        A fire at 1111 Grindstone Dr. in Bedford on Monday has displaced one resident, who is being helped by the American Red Cross.

        Firefighters received the call at 5 p.m. Monday, after a neighbor saw flames coming from the home. The homeowner was not at the residence when the fire occurred. Crews arrived to find the two-story wood frame private dwelling with heavy fire showing. Fire departments from Bedford, Big Island and Forest responded and the fire was under control in less than an hour.

  • JF band director receives national honor

        Jefferson Forest High School band director David Webb got a big pre-Christmas present at the end of last year—he was named a John Philip Sousa Legion of Honor Laureate.

        The John Philip Sousa Foundation is a non-profit foundation dedicated to the promotion of international understanding through the medium of band music, according to the Foundation’s website. Webb said that the Foundation annually inducts between six and eight high school band directors from across the United States into its Legion of Honor.

  • Sharp new board chair

        Bedford County’s board of supervisors began the new year with its annual organizational meeting, choosing District 4 Supervisor John Sharp as chairman and District 7 Supervisor Tammy Parker as vice chairman.
        Then, the supervisors got down to business. A request by the Bedford Regional Water Authority to transfer the former Camp 24 property to the Authority for a site for its proposed new water treatment plant proved to be contentious.