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Today's News

  • Preserving the american dream in honor of our veterans

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Our country continues to face great challenges as we work toward balancing our budget, getting Americans back to work, and putting our nation on a fiscally sustainable course.  And though this battle will not easily be won, it is a battle that we must continue to fight if we want to preserve the American Dream for our children and grandchildren.

     

  • A reckless and irresponsible budget

    This past week, President Obama sent his budget proposal for fiscal year 2013 to Congress. A budget proposal which contains more failed attempts to tax, spend, borrow and bail our way out of the economic difficulties that the country faces. It is these same reckless fiscal policies that have so far failed to jump start our economy.

  • Statewide Burning Law now in effect

    By  Marci L. Stone
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue

        Virginia’s Statewide Burning Law went into effect on  February 15, also marking the start of spring fire season. 
        This law prohibits open burning before 4 p.m. each day between February 15  and April 30, 2012.  This statewide law has been implemented annually because open burning has become a major cause of wildland fires throughout our state and across the nation.   

  • A full assault on women’s rights

    The Virginia General Assembly is working hard to confound all the fears many of us had when Republicans refused a power-sharing agreement and stormed to all the power they could get after a 20-20 tie in the state senate.
        If anything, the power of the party’s most extreme members to get things done may be even worse than we imagined. What’s developed during this session, amid all the usual pro-gun bills, is nothing less than a militant assault on women’s rights.

  • President Obama scares me


        I’ve always strongly opposed most of President Barack Obama’s policies because I’ve thought most of them were really bad ideas. This includes ObamaCare, which I figured would take a health care system that had serious problems and make a total train wreck of it.

  • The big dog

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors has spent the past year flexing its muscles and showing folks who’s in charge.
        And that show of strength probably isn’t over.

  • Take Your Family to School

    Last Thursday, parents of students at Bedford Primary School went back to the classroom.

        And it was a lot of fun!
        Thanks to a $1,000 grant from the National PTA, the school’s PTA was able to fund the event with close to 300 signing up to participate.
        Bedford Primary Principal Lisa Dellis was pleased with the turnout and the opportunity to strengthen support for the school’s students with parents and the community.

  • Two killed in single vehicle crash

        Two people were killed last week when a 1986 Chevy pick-up truck, driven by Andrew William Heck Jr., 44, of Goodview, crashed into the foundation of Goodview Grocery.

  • Technology in the classroom

        It’s a brand new world for students today.

        Smart boards have replaced chalk boards; iPads are now just as important as notebooks.
        Last Thursday, parents of students at Bedford Middle School had the chance to observe just how technology is changing the way their children learn.

  • All in the family: Foster parents provide home for area children

        Dwayne Shepherd, of Montvale, grew up in a large family that included foster and adopted children. His parents, Calvin and Martha Shepherd, had two biological children—Dwayne was one of them—and five adopted children. They also took in foster children.

        After Dwayne got married, he and his wife, Patti, were able to move into a four-bedroom house.
        “We felt God had blessed us with that extra room,” said Shepherd. “We felt we should share it.”