Today's News

  • Witt gets 4-year jail sentence

    Former Staunton River High School teacher and football coach Richard Isaac Witt was sentenced Tuesday to four years in jail for his convictions of 10 misdemeanor counts of having sexual contact with a minor.

        Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike handed down a 10-year jail sentence, with all but four of those years suspended, during a hearing in which both victims of Witt's crimes, along with their mothers, testified about the impact Witt's actions had on them and their families.

  • Supervisors to advertise redistricting plan

        Bedford County's supervisors approved advertising a redistricting plan that, if ultimately approved, expands the geographic size Districts 1, 5, 6 and 7 while reducing Districts 2, 3, and 4. This results in districts with populations ranging from 9, 616 (District1) to 10,047 (District 3).

  • BCSO investigating death of man struck by train


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    The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a man that was struck and killed by a train this morning.

  • Rabies clinics scheduled for this weekend

    On April 9th Protect Your Pets and Your Family

    By Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown

  • Escapee captured in Thaxton

    Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call Monday April 4, 12:50 p.m. from the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Moneta reporting one of its inmates that was on work release was missing.
    The caller stated that Scott M. Andrews, 29, was on court ordered work release for failure to pay child support and was working at Gardner Pallets on Crab Orchard Road in Huddleston when he disappeared. Deputies responded to the area and attempted to locate Andrews. Andrews’ home address is 2324 Magnolia Drive Bedford.

  • The Financial Services Committee is focused on job creation

    In my first three months in Congress, our work on the Financial Services Committee, which has jurisdiction over all aspects of our nation’s financial and housing sectors, has been geared towards creating a better economic environment for job growth across the 5th District and the nation.


  • The Senate must act to cut spending

  • Senate plan puts Smith in Newman’s district

        A redistricting plan, under consideration by the Virginia Senate, would make substantial changes in State Senator Steve Newman’s district.

        “It is mostly my old district,” Newman said.
        Newman would still have Bedford County, and also get Botetourt and Craig counties. Newman said that Botetourt has 33,000 people and Craig County, with 5,000 residents, has a smaller population than the city of Bedford.

  • Politics on the Internet

        A central feature of the unfolding revolution in Egypt has been the use of the Internet, specifically, the use of “social media” outlets, such as Facebook, to organize meetings and protests.

        In our country, so far, the Internet is primarily used as a fundraising tool for candidates and campaigns. But if we ever had an upheaval such as the ones now circulating through the Arab world, the Internet would surely play a powerful role in organizing.

  • Obama is correct on Libya

        I wasn’t able to listen to President Barack Obama’s speech, last week, when he explained his Libya policy. I was at the regular board of supervisors meeting that night.