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Today's News

  • Working with Israel to prevent a nuclear Iran

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Last Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint meeting of Congress.  It was a great honor to have Prime Minister Netanyahu come to the United States and speak to both Houses of Congress.

     

  • Standing with Israel

    The United States and Israel share a strong bond. Since Israel declared its independence in 1948, the U.S. has developed a positive relationship with Israel based on shared democratic values and common security interests. Israel has proven to be a valuable American ally since.

  • BOS wrapping up the budget

    By Steve Wilkerson
    Bedford County District 3 Supervisor

        Greetings to all, and a happy upcoming spring.

  • Sorry, Bibi; no war with Iran

        Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brought his case against Iran, and its apparent plans for a nuclear weapon, to the Congress last week, in a speech sponsored by America’s new foreign policy chief, John Boehner.
        Actually, Boehner, the Speaker of the House, has no authority whatsoever in foreign policy, but he acted like it when he invited “Bibi,” as he is known, without informing the White House in any way.

  • The form of a republic without the substance

        As regular readers of this column know, I always put democrat and democratic in quotes when I’m referring to a particular political party. That’s because I’m convinced the modern “Democratic” Party is anything but democratic. This party has become dominated by its extreme left wing and has increasingly authoritarian leanings.

  • Take time to thank a farmer!

        Agriculture is vital to Bedford County.
        The county boasts some 200,000 acres of farmland and 1,400 farms, with more than $23.6 million in annual farm sales. More than 40 percent of all of Bedford County’s land is used for farming.
        And there are almost 3,000 agriculturally-based jobs in the county.

  • Town’s electric rates to increase this month

        Bedford electric customers will see higher electric bills after town council voted 6-1 to raise electric rates by 4 percent at its last meeting.
        Council was to meet this past Tuesday to consider raising penalties for those violating the rules surrounding use of the town’s solid waste container sites.
        “Not a single member of this council enjoys raising rates,” Councilman Jim Vest said of the vote to raise the electric rates.

  • Jury convicts Harris

        A federal jury convicted a naval officer on Monday of coercing nine girls between the ages of 12 and 17 into sending him explicit photos and videos of themselves.
        Lt. Daniel Chase Harris, 31, of Virginia Beach, is set to be sentenced July 13 in U.S. District Court on 31 felonies – including 13 counts of production of child pornography and two counts of obstruction of justice. He faces a minimum of 15 years in prison and the maximum of life.

  • Comp plan moves on to supervisors

        No one showed up for the public hearing last week on the county’s revised comprehensive plan. The revised plan, which the planning commission has been working on since 2013, was unanimously forwarded to the board of supervisors after a revision on the section for parks and rec easements.
        “That sounds like a lot of easements,” commented District 4 Planning Commission member Josiah Tillett after reading the section.

  • Supervisors endorse Virginia Mountains tourism designation

        Bedford County’s supervisors unanimously approved a resolution Monday endorsing a “Virginia Mountains” regional state tourism marketing designation for the county.
        Jerry Craig, the county’s tourism director, told the supervisors the county is currently in the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s “Central Virginia” marketing region.
        “We are the western-most county in the Central Virginia region,” Craig said.