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Today's News

  • Crown-clinching performances

    While it’s a bit premature to hang the title of “Dynasty” on either the Liberty Minutemen or the Staunton River Golden Eagles, one has to admit that the two programs are on their way.

  • Proposal: Close Thaxton, Body Camp elem. schools

    While the Body Camp community already had time to prepare for the possible closing of its elementary school because of prior budget discussions, the mention of Thaxton Elementary came as a shock to members of that community.

        Now that community is taking steps to make sure its voice is heard as budget discussions continue and the Bedford County School Board wrestles with cutting $7 million from its current budget.

        “We had no idea,” Thaxton PTA President Valerie Detamore said of the possible closing of that school.

  • County man pleads guilty to sex with children

    A Bedford County man has pleaded guilty, in Bedford County Circuit Court, to charges of sexual battery and rape.

        Anthony Wayne Carter, 35, of Thaxton, pleaded guilty to four counts of aggravated sexual battery and one count of rape. All charges involved girls under the age of 13.

  • Lifelong county resident recalls life a century ago

    One of Oakwood Manor’s residents will turn 109 this Saturday.

        Mary Spinner was born on Feb. 20, 1901, the third of 10 children born to William and Frances (Fannie) Sledd.

        Sledd owned a 150 acre farm in the Big Island area, off Va. 122, and raised cattle, pigs and tobacco for market in the early years of the 20th century.  They also grew corn and hay to feed the animals, and peas and cane for sorghum molasses for their family’s use. William ran the farm and Frances handled all the couple’s financial affairs.

  • Grand jury indicts former SRHS coach on 4 additional counts

    Former Staunton River football coach Rick Witt is now facing five felony charges of taking indecent liberties with a minor.

        Witt, 37, was indicted by a Bedford County grand jury Friday on four additional counts. He was originally charged on a single count in January.

  • Home invasion

        Four men pleaded guilty Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court to charges stemming from a home invasion and robbery that took place last summer.

        On Aug. 13, 2009, three masked men entered the Bellevue Road home of Robert Krebs, 22, and his girlfriend Alison Wood, 21. Krebs was assaulted and struck several times in the head with a hand gun.

  • 124 full time jobs would also be cut

    More than 120 jobs could be lost and two schools closed as part of a budget proposal made by Bedford County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch Thursday.

  • Tough choices

    Gov. Bob McDonnell chose to reverse the freeze on the local composite index proposed by his predecessor, former Gov. Tim Kaine, before he left office. That formula helps determine the funding that each school district will receive from the state for education. When Gov. Kaine proposed the freeze, more than 90 school systems, including Bedford County’s, were going to be helped. Gov. McDonnell’s decision to reverse that decision cost those school divisions millions.

  • Letters

    An apology

    is owed

        My name is Dina Linkenhoker and I am president of the Bedford County Education Association. The following is an open letter to Mr. John Barnhart following his editorial published on February 10, 2010.

  • Two federal stimulus grants will add 575 miles of new high-speed internet infrastructure in southern Virginia.

    Last week, Southside Virginia got a huge boost from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – or stimulus bill, which I supported – with a major investment that will benefit our kids’ educational success in the short term and make our region more competitive in the long term. Two grants totaling more than $21.5 million will expand broadband internet infrastructure in our schools to help bridge the technological divide, boost economic growth, and create jobs.