Today's News

  • Local youth leader arrested

    A local youth leader at a Forest church is facing felony and misdemeanor counts of unlawfully filming of a minor.

    Auri Christopher Collin Jones, 28, of Lynchburg was arrested Wednesday on one felony count of unlawful filming, videotaping or photographing of a minor. On Thursday, Jones was arrested on a misdemeanor count of the same charge, related to filming someone over the age of 18.

  • Students hold vigil for classmates killed in accident

    Several hundred students gathered around the flagpole at Staunton River High School Friday morning to remember two of their classmates who died in an accident Wednesday.

  • Honoring our veterans

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    To honor those who have served this great nation, we have taped a video address to pay tribute to our veterans. You may watch our Veterans Day Video Address at hurt.house.gov and read the script below:


  • Honoring our veterans

    This week we celebrate Veterans Day to honor the brave men and women who have nobly served our country. For those who have served, we thank you for protecting our freedoms and for those continuing to serve all over the world and here at home, we appreciate your service and dedication to defending and protecting our nation. As journalist Elmer Davis once said, “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”


  • President Obama re-elected and vindicated

    Election 2012 is finally over. The American people have spoken, and I am quite confident that the correct choices for this country have been made.
        I am proud to be among those who cast our ballots for a good president who has survived vicious and mean-spirited assaults against him, a man whose religion and nationality has been subjected to the most scurrilous attacks, often by people who have acted only out of hatred and ignorance.

  • Fool me once, shame on you

        There is a saying: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Last week an incompetent, left-wing extremist managed to fool half of the American people for a second time gaining another four years in the White House — four more years to do his best to complete the destruction of the America that he hates.

  • Election 2012

    The election is over: If your candidate won, it’s time to celebrate; if your favorite lost, it’s not time to despair.
        That’s the great news about this country—there is always hope and there is always the opportunity to work for change.
        Local elections brought some of that change.

  • SRHS students killed in crash identified

    The Staunton River High School community is mourning the loss of two students who died in an accident Wednesday morning.

    The two-vehicle crash on Va. 24, about four miles west of the school, also sent two others to the hospital. The students were on their way to school.

    The Virginia State Police is continuing its investigation into the tragic crash that claimed the lives of Jacob Henry Baird, 17, of Thaxton and Katie Thurston, 16, of Vinton.

  • Beware of those high heels

        Dr. David Cox, a foot surgeon at Bedford Memorial Hospital, had some bad news for women who love high heels.

        Dr. Cox spoke at a Women’s Health Tea sponsored by the hospital. He told them that high heel shoes, as well as ill-fitting shoes, are bad for a woman’s feet. They’re bad enough that for a woman’s feet that they may even end up in need of his services.

  • D-Day Memorial honors veterans

        The National D-Day Memorial held its annual observance of Veterans Day on Monday at 11 a.m. with 500 people attending.

        The event was held on Nov. 12 because Veterans Day fell on a Sunday this year. Originally called Armistice Day, to celebrate the armistice that ended World War I on Nov. 11, 1918, it was later expanded as a day to remember all living veterans. Unlike Memorial Day, the people Veterans Day honors are still alive.