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Today's News

  • Internet crimes unit gets new office

    On the same day Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown announced the opening of a new office for the region’s cyber crime task force, investigators also announced the results of a  five-month multi-jurisdictional investigation into the sharing of child pornography over the Internet.

  • Grisham campaigns for Perriello

    Author John Grisham stopped in Bedford Monday morning, campaigning for Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello.

        The event took place at the Bower Center for the Performing Arts. Grisham served as a warm-up speaker for Perriello at the event. About 100 people turned out.

  • Project brings SOLs alive

    Huddleston Elementary fourth grade science teacher Traci Bratton has helped her students’ study of life cycles and eco-systems come to life — literally.

        Looking for a fresh way to make that study of the standards of learning unit on habitats interesting, she came up with the idea of having the class take care of and hatch chickens. So for the past month, they’ve been doing just that. Last week, the students watched as the chicks pecked their way out of their shells.

  • Boyfriend beating case

    Judge Kenneth Farrar certified an aggravated malicious wounding charge against a Bedford County woman to the November grand jury.

        Kristina Pongracz was 28 when she was accused on May 4 of beating William Herchenrider, her 77-year-old boyfriend, with whom she lived.  Herchenrider died on August 25 after briefly returning home. According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Ayers, Herchenrider was under hospice care when he came home.

  • Opponents want Stalin bust removed, not just moved

    The National D-Day Memorial Foundation’s decision to temporarily remove the bust of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin has not satisfied the bust’s opponents.

        According to Robin Reed, the foundation’s president, the bust will be stored until an appropriate venue of the display of busts of allied political leaders is developed.
        Jim Morrison, a vocal opponent, likened the decision to a shell game — a pea is placed under one of three shells on a table and the shells are moved around.

  • Community events and Calendar (week of Sept. 29, 2010)

    Sign-ups and notices

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

    Apple Pickin’ Jamboree

  • Church news (week of Sept. 29, 2010)

    Notices

    Hickory Grove UMC celebrates 50th anniversary
    Hickory Grove United Methodist Church will hold its 50th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 2, and Sunday, Oct. 3. Saturday’s festivities begin at noon with dinner at 12:30 p.m. followed by special music and games for children. The Golden Anniversary Service will be on Sunday at 9 a.m. While Hickory Grove United Methodist Church has existed as a congregation for over 100 years, this 50 Years of Faith and Fellowship event is a celebration of the church building where members worship today.

    Interim pastor

  • Small businesses are powerful job creators

    Small businesses remain the backbone of our economy, and true economic recovery will come from rewarding the innovation and resilience of our local entrepreneurs. I have been fighting to shift the focus from bailing out big companies to investing in small business, and the tide is starting to turn towards a strategy of making, building, and growing things in America again.  

  • A pledge to America


    Six months ago House Republicans launched an innovative online forum, AmericaSpeakingOut.com.  This site allowed folks from all over the country to share their thoughts and suggestions for the future of our county.  We followed up with thousands of town hall meetings and other contacts with constituents. The goal was to start a national dialogue that brought the halls of Congress into American homes.  I am happy to report that is exactly what has happened.  

  • Rooting out corruption in our judicial system

    It is a rare occasion when the U.S. Congress impeaches a federal judge and removes the accused from the bench.  Indeed, only 15 federal judges have been impeached by the House of Representatives in our nation’s history.  However, when evidence emerges that an individual is abusing his judicial office for his own advantage, the integrity of the judicial system becomes compromised, and the Congress has the duty to investigate the matter and take the appropriate actions to end the abuse and restore confidence in the judicial system.