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Today's News

  • General Assembly session moves toward crossover

    By Senator Steve Newman
    23rd District

        Hard as it may be to believe, we are already over one-third of the way through the 2015 General Assembly session.  The deadline on bills came at the end of last week, and this year’s session will consider over 2,100 bills and over 400 resolutions.  That means the General Assembly will have to process an average of 55 bills every day we’re in session.

  • House passes bills for vets

    By Delegate Terry Austin
    19th District

        We wrapped up our third week of session and I’m happy to report that things are quickly moving forward.  We have made significant progress on the thousands of bills and resolutions that come before us, and we’ve had a lot of interesting discussion and testimonies in my committees. 

  • Lobby Day at the Va. General Assembly

        I was happy to participate in the 2015 “Lobby Day” events at the General Assembly in Richmond recently.
    My union, the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 400,     sent a team of us to attend the Virginia AFL-CIO’s Legislative Conference, primarily to lobby on behalf of an increase in the minimum wage.
        We began on Sunday evening with a plenary session at the Richmond Marriott Inn, where we heard from several “friends of labor.”

  • A worrisome loss of confidence
  • Council rezones property on Edmund Street

    last week, rezoned property on Edmund Street from Planned Residential District (PRD) to Commercial (M-1).
        The move clears the way for Walter Siehien, owner of Blue Ridge Optics, to build a new facility to expand his business. Blue Ridge Optics makes optics that send laser beams precisely where engineers want them to go. These optics are used in defense, medical and industrial applications.

  • Changes coming to Farmers Market

        Changes are on their way for the Bedford Farmers Market, as its spring opening gets closer.

        The proposed changes were presented during a community meeting last week.

  • Waze App concerns police

        Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown believes Google’s Waze App should be modified to not allow law enforcement officers to be tracked.
        Brown explained that the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) is concerned that those who have grievances with law enforcement could use the App feature to plan or carry out an attack on officers. He said while it hasn’t been directly linked to the shooting of two officers in New York City, the suspect who carried out those attacks had been using that App.

  • Finishing touches being put on Army Reserve Center

        The new Army Reserve Center is almost ready.

  • Budget work begins

        The first public hearing on the upcoming school budget will be held this Thursday, Feb. 5, in the school board conference room, at 7 p.m.
        This year’s budget season is likely to be much like the past few, as the board has to crunch dollars and make decisions on raises, technology upgrades, healthcare premiums and school operations. There will be plenty of decisions the school board will have to make when it comes to spending the dollars it will receive.

  • 1st degree murder charge certified

         A first degree murder charge against a Bedford woman, accused of smothering her 1-year-old son with a stuffed animal last February, has been certified to a Bedford County grand jury, following a preliminary hearing in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Monday morning.