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Today's News

  • A renewed opportunity to forge a brighter future

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    It is a great honor to represent Fifth District Virginians in Congress, and I am grateful for and humbled by the opportunity to continue serving you for the next two years. Tuesday’s election significantly changed the dynamics in Washington, and with that change comes renewed opportunities to advance policies that will address the most pressing issues facing our country.

     

  • Remembering those who have served

    President Calvin Coolidge once said, “The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten.” While these words were spoken long ago, they are still words that we must abide by today. We cannot forget our defenders of freedom who have sacrificed so much for this great nation. As Americans, we must remember the men and women who have answered the call to serve both in times of war and peace. Our veterans have stood guard on distant battlefields and here at home to protect the liberties at the core of the United States.

  • GOP: Be careful what you want


    The national Republican Party flexed some real muscle on Election Day and got what it wanted, flipping control of the U.S. Senate and increasing its House majority as well.
        Democrats knew they had a tough assignment, defending Senate seats in many states that traditionally vote Republican, including the South, where rural conservatism produces, in knee-jerk fashion, reliable Republican votes.

  • Hope and change

        The first thing that came to my mind when I learned that American voters delivered control of the Senate into Republican hands was “hope and change.” 

  • Our veterans

    They are our neighbors, our teachers, our friends.
        They volunteer at the local food bank, coach our child’s sports team, sit beside us on Sunday morning at church.
        Some are quite elderly; some still very young.
        They are this nation’s veterans and they’ve served this nation with honor, with valor, with courage.

  • Coyote lottery begins in county

        With a jackpot of $2,000 funded entirely by local businesses and organizations, the Bedford County Agricultural Economic Development Advisory Board is hoping to entice hunters and trappers to participate in its third annual Coyote Lottery aimed at managing the growing threat of the predators on county livestock.

  • Muder-for-hire case moves to grand jury

        Kevin Colgan, charged with trying to hire a hit man to murder his wife, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday in Bedford County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
        Colgan remains in jail where he has been since he was arrested on June 19.

  • Auction seeks to make Christmas brighter

        Ronnie Gross, of Gross’ Orchard, and Warren Radford, a partner in McCraw Auction Company, are teaming up to host a fundraiser to buy toys for children who won’t be getting much, if anything, for Christmas. The effort is called Toys for Kids.

        According to Gross, Radford came up with the idea. Gross said Radford was looking for a way that he could use his talents as an auctioneer to give back to the community. The idea of raising money to buy toys came from Julie Hertig, a local teacher.

  • GOP dominates local vote totals; Hurt, Goodlatte cruise to victories

        Democrat Senator Mark Warner will return to the Senate for another six years, but the election didn’t turn out the way pundits were calling it.
        In late October, Warner was supposed to beat Ed Gillespie by 10 percentage points. Instead, Warner barely survived, defeating Gillespie by 1,073,033 votes to 1,055,622 — less than 1 percent. Robert Sarvis, a libertarian got 53,053 votes, accounting for 2.43 percent.

  • Town elects new council

        Several Town Council candidates offered their thoughts on the Nov. 4 election in phone interviews, following last Tuesday’s election.
        The election saw new four-year terms go to Bedford Mayor Robert Wandrei, Vice Mayor James Vest and Councilman Steve Rush. Two year terms—in a contested election for four seats among six candidates—were won by Tim Black, Robert Carson, Stacey Hailey and Beckham Stanley.

    Tim Black