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Today's News

  • Progress in the people’shouse

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Reining in red tape

    It should be common sense. The more federal regulations that put the squeeze on small businesses and job creators, the greater the negative impact is on economies throughout the nation. Nevertheless, the regulations and red tape continue to stream down from the federal government.

     

  • What would the Lipscombs think?

    By Janet Peggans
    Bedford

        In 1857 three young men — George, John, and James Lipscomb from Pittsylvania County — bought 20 acres of land from Stephen Harris on Terry’s Branch and the Lynchburg-Salem Turnpike. It was along this branch that the village of Moneta developed.

  • What do Iran deal critics want?

        As members of Congress consider the merits of the nuclear deal reached with Iran and the top Western allies, including Russia and China, predictable and reactionary opposition to it from Republicans resounds.
        Hadn’t conservative Republicans made it clear – even while negotiations were under way – that, first, they didn’t believe in negotiation as a diplomatic strategy, and, secondly, they certainly wanted no deal with Iran?

  • Please, no more left-wing ideologues

        America’s economy is growing, but at a sluggish rate. It’s the slowest recovery after any recession in the last 70 years.
        Part of it is probably due to the fact that this past recession is the first one we’ve had since the Great Depression that was caused by a financial crisis. In fact, it seems like the only that kept it from turning into Great Depression II was the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP). That, by the way, was set in motion by the Bush Administration, not the Obama Administration.

  • Board OKs special use permit for school

        Bedford County’s supervisors approved a special use permit, Monday evening, for Blue Ridge Montessori School to build a new facility on Va. 811.
        But the project isn’t without its detractors.
        In all, it is a 13-acre wooded tract — the school wants to use 7 acres of it in an area zoned R-2. A school is a permitted use in an R-2 zone and requires a special use permit.

  • Charges against former PE teacher not moving forward

        The cases against a former physical education teacher with Bedford County Public Schools charged with  three counts of aggravated sexual battery of students while he was working at Montvale Elementary School won’t be prosecuted—at least for now, according to Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz.
        The incidents allegedly occurred in 2011 and 2012 during gym classes at the school, but because of issues with the three alleged victims testifying, the case is not moving ahead.

  • The long way home

    His 100-day, 4,300-mile journey on a bicycle across the United States was nearing its end and Greg Baltad was facing a dilemma.

        It was late in the evening on July 31 and he was heading into Vinton – he could find a place to stay there, or peddle the 30 or so miles left to reach Bedford.
        Baltad hit the Blue Ridge Parkway and headed this way.

  • Liberty High School marks half-a-century

        Liberty High School reached the half-century mark this year and its first graduating class, the class of 1965, is holding its 50th reunion next month.
        For members of this class, their senior year was the only year they attended Liberty and one group of them actually wear the class ring of a different high school. The students who came from New London Academy received their class rings during their junior year, and these were New London Academy rings.

  • Display honoring Lacey Putney dedicated

        Former Delegate Lacey Putney prefers not to be called a statesman.

        He often quotes a statement Harry Truman once made about statesmen: “A statesman is a politician who has been dead for at least 15 years.”