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Today's News

  • Bill lays groundwork for COPN reform

        Six and a half weeks can fly by pretty quickly, especially when you’re spending your days and evenings reviewing and considering nearly 3,000 bills and resolutions.
        The 2017 General Assembly session ended on Saturday.  Legislators ultimately approved around 45% of the bills filed by delegates and senators.  I am especially pleased to note that my success rate this session was well above that average.

  • What a sad and spectacular failure

        One month in, and it’s clear that we have a reckless, angry, petulant, narcissistic, ignorant, Twitter freak of a president.
        He has managed to achieve the lowest approval rating in history for the first month of a new presidency: a pathetic 38 percent. A full 56 percent disapprove.

  • A CIA political assassination?

        The leaks of intercepted phone calls between former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Russia’s ambassador to the United States have heightened my concern about my country’s future.

  • School board adopts preliminary budget

        The Bedford County School Board unanimously adopted its preliminary budget last week.
        This preliminary budget will be presented to the board of supervisors at a 5 p.m. work session on March 6. The meeting will be held in the supervisors’ meeting chamber on the third floor of the County Administration Building on East Main Street in Bedford.

  • Board OK’s funds for heating, cooling loop

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted Monday night to allow the school board to use $712,000 of the money borrowed to finance construction of a new middle school and competition gym to replace the heating and cooling loop at Liberty High School (LHS).

  • Welch trial delayed until September

    Because of considerable new evidence filed in the capital murder case of Lloyd Lee Welch Jr., the trial date has been rescheduled from April 18 to Sept. 12.

        The rescheduling of the trial was approved during a motions hearing in Bedford Circuit Court Friday afternoon. Also during the hearing, Judge James Updike approved a defense motion request to hire a DNA expert—Dr. Thomas McClintock of Liberty University—at an expected cost of $21,000.
        The prosecution has listed a number of DNA experts as possible witnesses.

  • Solar power coming to Bedford

        Interested citizens received information Friday on the Bedford Solar Farm project being undertaken by the town of Bedford.

        North Carolina-based solar developer O2 emc owns and operates solar farms in the southeast, ranging in size from 1MW to 20MW. They partner with towns, cities, counties, contractors, utilities, manufacturers, banks and investors to ensure project success in each community where they build.

  • GENTS to mentor 8th graders

        A group of GENTS (Gentlemen Empowered Now Taking a Stand) met with eighth grade male students from Bedford Middle School last week to invite them to be part of an after-school program in which the high schoolers will help prepare them for moving up to high school next year.

  • Sheriff Brown named Sheriff of the Year

        Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown has been named the National Sheriffs’ Association’s (NSA) sheriff of the year.

        Brown will receive the NSA’s 2017 Ferris E. Lucas Sheriff of the Year award at the organization’s annual conference in Reno, Nevada, in June. The award recognizes a sheriff who has made outstanding contributions to law enforcement and the criminal justice profession, demonstrates exceptional service to his or her community, and has contributed to the betterment of the NSA.

  • Grace House closes

    Grace House, a homeless shelter located in Bedford, closed late last month.

        According to Caleb Hunter, who identified himself as “VP and CEO” of Grace House, it was a financial problem that forced it to close.
        “We don’t receive any grants,” Hunter said. “We have had no corporate sponsors.”
        He added that Grace House doesn’t receive any government money and is not getting routine support from any churches.