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Today's News

  • ‘Luck of the Irish’….or success planning?

    By Vicki Gardner,
    Executive Director
    Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce

        We have options.
        St. Patrick’s Day is here once again and with it the term, ‘Luck of the Irish”. 

  • Conservative insanity over health care

        When the Affordable Care Act was first passed, most conservatives acted as though Karl Marx had risen from the grave, seized power in Washington, D.C., and locked us all in communist chains.
        The kindest thing they said about it was that it was “government-run,” health care, which it certainly was not. But they always trot out that mindless phrase any time insurance companies lose the slightest ability to control whether you and I receive affordable care.

  • Impeach Trump?

        It seems, from reading Rick Howell’s column last week, that Mr. Howell is ready to impeach President Donald Trump. I believe his enthusiasm for impeachment is extremely premature.
        He made a big deal of claiming that President Trump may have violated the  “emoluments clause” of the Constitution.

  • School board gets some good news

    Randy Hagler, Bedford County Schools’ chief financial officer, had some good news for the Bedford County School Board Thursday night.
        The good news is that the budget that came out of the General Assembly contained more money for K-12 education than the senate version of the budget. Hagler had based the school division budget on the Senate version because it was the worst case scenario.
        “We usually budget the worst case scenario,” Hagler said.

  • Driver killed in March 10 accident

        Virginia State Police Senior Trooper M. D. Mayhew is investigating a fatal crash which occurred on March 10. The crash occurred at 7:39 a.m. on Route 24, at its intersection with Joppa Mill Road in Bedford County.
        A 1993 Chevrolet Geo Tracker was traveling east on Route 24 and was slowing to make a left turn onto Joppa Mill Road. A 2005 Ford F-250, also traveling east on Route 24 crossed the double yellow center line, sideswiping the Chevrolet and striking a Bedford County School Bus which was traveling west on Route 24.

  • A busy day for area firefighters

        Bedford County firefighters were kept busy last Thursday afternoon and evening with three fires.
         The first one was called in at about 3:45 p.m. reporting a single-wide mobile home on fire on Unity Lane in the Chamblissburg area of the county. When fire units from Stewartsville-Chamblissburg, Moneta and Bedford arrived the home was fully engulfed in flames, with the fire extending into the woods and an adjacent mobile home.

  • Students observe lawmaking firsthand

    By Mary Lee Clark
    Capital News Service

        RICHMOND – For the past two months, they showed up every day at the state Capitol, dressed in matching blazers and carrying pen and paper at the ready – the next generation of public servants carefully observing their superiors.
        These young adults are known as pages. They are middle school and high school students from around Virginia who assist in everyday tasks at the General Assembly to experience firsthand how the legislative process works.

  • Carroll County deputy killed while chasing Goodview man

    By Sara Blankenship

    and Shannon Watkins
    Landmark News Service

        Curtis Bartlett, a Carroll County Sheriff’s Department deputy, died in the line of duty last Thursday night, killed when his patrol car collided with a tractor-trailer while on the way to assist fellow officers involved in a chase of a suspect from Bedford County.
        Though he met a tragic end, Carroll Sheriff J.B. Gardner said Bartlett, 32, died doing what he lived for: “He wanted to chase bad guys and catch them.”

  • County to make building repairs

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors and county staff are in the final stages of developing a budget that will not require a tax increase to balance.

  • Chamber holds legislative wrap-up breakfast

        In spite of scheduling its Legislative Wrap-up Breakfast on a cold Monday morning, that felt like February instead of March, the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce’s event saw a large turnout.

         Senators Steve Newman and David Suetterlein and Delegates Kathy Byron and Scott Garrett reported to the gathering on the recently concluded “short session” of the General Assembly.