Today's News

  • Burns leave local farmer with some major bills

    A long journey for a Bedford County dairy farmer began with a routine day’s work. It was Oct. 9.

        “A very lovely autumn afternoon,” recalled Danny Cottrell. “I was raking hay.”

  • Coast to coast

    A grandmother is walking across America to call attention to the need of bone marrow donors.

        Jeana Moore’s journey started in Seattle, Wash., on Oct. 19, 2009. After strolling down the West Coast to Los Angeles, she turned eastward. She walked through Bedford County recently, her route taking her down U. S. 460 with stops in Bedford and Goode. She’s been walking between 12 and 15 miles a day.
        “During the summer, I was doing 18 to 20 through the desert,” she said.

  • School board to take close look at budget

    The Bedford County School Board will look at the upcoming year’s budget line by line, looking for savings.

        Randy Hagler, the school division’s chief financial officer, believes he has already found one place to save. Hagler presented his idea to the school board during a marathon work session last week.

  • So how much snow will we get?

    The National Weather Service expects our winter not to be as wet or cold as last year—a year that brought several larger-than-normal snow storms.

        "We are in a La Niña pattern where it favors warmer weather,"said William Perry of the Weather Services' Blacksburg office.
        El Niño/La Niña is an oscillation of temperatures in the Pacific Ocean. During El Niño, water is warmer in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. During La Niña, it's colder.

  • Former SRHS coach pleads guilty

    Former Staunton River High School teacher and football coach Richard Isaac Witt could face up to 10 years in jail after pleading guilty Tuesday morning to 10 misdemeanor counts of having consensual sexual contact with a minor.

        Sentencing is scheduled for March 1 in what is expected to be a contested hearing from both the defense and prosecution.
        What does Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz want citizens to understand about Tuesday’s outcome:

  • Community events and Calendar (week of Dec. 1, 2010)

    Sign-ups and notices

        For information of events and activities at area churches, see the church news section in this week's paper.

    Model train display

  • Church news (week of Dec. 1, 2010)


    Advent services
        Fort Hill United Methodist Church invites the community to attend the fifth annual Midweek Community Advent services on December 1, 8, 15 and 22.  Prelude begins at 11:45 a.m., service at noon, with lunch served each week immediately following the service.
        This year’s schedule of speakers and music are:

  • More members needed

    On behalf of Montvale Rescue Squad may I take this opportunity to write and give thanks to you for  the press coverage  of our 40th Anniversary.

  • The spending spree continues in Washington

    Next week the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to return to Washington. At that time we are expected to consider how the government will continue to operate into the new year.  This is the direct result of the fact the Democrat controlled Congress failed to pass a budget or enact any of the twelve annual spending bills that fund all government operations. Recent reports indicate that the Democrats hope to consider a $1.11 trillion omnibus spending bill that would increase expenditures by hundreds of billions of dollars.  

  • Political theater on immigration

    During the mid-term elections, you would not have been far off to suggest that the two most dominate players on either side were women: Sarah Palin and Nancy Pelosi.
        Pelosi, the liberal Democrat who has made history as the first female Speaker of the House, was everywhere, though not literally.