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Today's News

  • McDonalds gets a makeover

        The Bedford McDonald’s that stands in the old Walmart plaza is getting a complete makeover. The restaurant has been there since 1989. It closed on Jan. 14, temporarily, for the makeover.

  • Blue Ridge Optics chosen for trade effort

        Blue Ridge Optics, a company located in Bedford, has been selected for Virginia’s VALET program.

        The acronym stands for Virginia Leaders in Export Trade. It’s designed to help companies that already have an established domestic business and want to branch out into exporting. There are currently 50 companies participating.

  • Grant provides after school activities

        A federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant is providing a safe place for Moneta Elementary School students to productively spend time after school while waiting for parents to get off from work.

        The program, which has had an average of 60 children each day, is a Monday through Thursday  program that runs from 2:30-5 p.m.
        “This is an educational place for them to be while their parents are working,” Kathy Smith, the site coordinator for the school said.

  • Boys with a Dream get GA invite

        Members of Boys with a Dream were invited to the Virginia General Assembly on Monday.

         Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown arranged for the group to be honored by the Virginia General Assembly.
        The group was recognized by Delegates Terry Austin and Scott Garrett from the floor of the Assembly and a brief overview of this group’s accomplishments were noted.

  • Jackson among those seeking US Senate seat

        E. W. Jackson is seeking the Republican nomination for Senate. Jackson unsuccessfully ran as the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in 2013. He was defeated by Democrat Ralph Northam.

  • VSP arrest Montvale man for soliciting a minor

        Investigators with the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Division arrested Larry Scott Hawkins, 52, of Montvale, on Feb. 14 at his residence in Bedford County.

        At the request of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police initiated an investigation into an allegation that Hawkins had used a media device to solicit a 17-year-old female for sexual misconduct. 

  • Garrett files for re-election

        Congressman Tom Garrett has officially filed his paperwork with the 5th District Republican Committee and the Virginia State Board of Elections, making him the first and only candidate in the race for the Republican Nomination thus far.

  • Council chooses consultant

        The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulates the transmission and wholesale sale of electricity and natural gas in interstate commerce and regulates the transportation of oil by pipeline in interstate commerce.
        That puts power plants, such as Bedford’s Snowden hydroelectric plant, under its purview. Power plants, like Snowden must be licensed by FERC and periodically relicensed.

  • Work requirement part of Medicaid reform

    By Delegate Scott Garrett

        This past Sunday, the House and Senate money committees released their separate versions of our Commonwealth’s biennial budget. I serve on the House Appropriations Committee and chair the Health and Human Resources subcommittee of that body.  Many of you may have read the headlines that the House of Delegates is “expanding Medicaid.”  Let me address some of the confusion and misinformation on this.

  • Healthcare has dominated media coverage

    By Senator Steve Newman

        This week, the 2018 General Assembly session passed the halfway mark of the legislative calendar, crossover. For the Senate, it’s been a very productive first half.
        Senators submitted 994 bills this session. By the crossover deadline, 469 had been approved and forwarded to the House of Delegates for consideration. That means we killed one-half of the bills before us which is also an important part of legislating.