Today's News

  • Gardner states reasons against clemency

    Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office has made his thoughts known to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on whether Jens Soering should be granted parole and deportation to his homeland in Germany: Don’t do it.

        Gardner was the chief investigator when Derek and Nancy Haysom were murdered at their Bedford County home on that March 30 Saturday night in 1985. Derek Haysom had been stabbed 36 times; Nancy Haysom was stabbed seven times. Both had their throats cut from ear to ear.

  • Business provides winter clothes for passers by

    By Peter Sawyer

  • Grand jury indicts woman for murder

    Kristina Pongracz is now facing a first degree murder charge.
        On Tuesday, a Bedford County grand jury indicted the 29-year-old Goode woman on the murder charge in connection with the death of her 77-year-old boyfriend, William Herchenrider, last year.

  • Witt’s bond revoked

    Although sentencing for former Staunton River High School teacher and football coach Richard Isaac Witt was postponed Tuesday, he left Bedford County Circuit Court en route to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail.

  • Doing their homework... and sharing it on Facebook

    You can hand it to the parents of students from Bedford Primary School: They’re doing their homework.

        They’ve come to meetings to challenge a proposal to close the school armed with studies, alternate proposals and even, possibly, a legal loophole.
        They’ve used the tried and true — good old footwork to get hundreds of names on petitions opposing the closure—and new technology to research and spread their message through the social media.

  • Parents speak out about proposal to close BPS

        For the second year in a row parents and students of a school that could potentially be closed by the Bedford County School Board are letting their voices be heard.

  • The American Chestnut returns

    There was once a time, a century ago, when the mountainsides in Bedford County were home to large numbers of American Chestnut trees. Local residents cut them and sold the logs for cash. They also used the logs for building materials. The wood was straight-grained, easy to work with and rot-resistant. The nuts also provided food for people and wildlife.
        “They were a very reliable mast crop,” said John Scrivani, president of the American Chestnut Foundation’s Virginia chapter.

  • Community events and Calendar (week of Feb. 23, 2011)

    Sign-ups and notices

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

    Opportunity to Comment

  • Church News (week of Feb. 23, 2011)


    Halesford Easter drama

  • The urgent need to cut government spending and reduce government debt

    This past week, the House debated HR 1, the Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act. This bill would fund the government through September 30th of this year at $100 billion less than the amount President Obama requested in his Fiscal Year 2011 budget.

    Given the current fiscal crisis that faces the 5th District and the nation, I delivered the following remarks on the House floor to discuss the urgent need to cut government spending and reduce government debt: