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Today's News

  • Best Wishes For The New Year

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

        As 2016 comes to a close, so too does my time serving you in the House of Representatives.  Representing all Fifth District Virginians for the last six years has been a great honor and an opportunity for which I will always be grateful.

  • Welcoming the New Year

        With the flip of the calendar and the start of a new year come many opportunities to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing America. The House of Representatives is hitting the ground running in 2017. The 115th Congress will officially be sworn in on January 3, and House leadership has already signaled that lawmakers will immediately roll up their sleeves and get to work on the people’s priorities.

  • DEQ filing supports SMLA position on Mountain Valley Pipeline

    Casey Kroll
    SML Association

        Recently the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) released its comments on the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that was published the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  Their full filing can be accessed on the DEQ website, http://www.deq.virginia.gov/
    In their comments DEQ addresses a number of issues including the potential impact on Virginia forests and endangered species.  

  • Chairman’s 2016 summary

    By Steve Wilkerson
    Board of Supervisors Chairman

  • The U.S. shouldn’t pander to Israel

        When the United Nations Security Council recently voted to condemn continued and expanded settlements by the hawkish Israeli government, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acted as though his country had been hit by nuclear weapons.
        In his mind, any criticism of his government’s insistence that it has a right to build settlements in Palestinian lands, automatically means that the person, or country, is “anti-Israel.”

  • A dangerous world

        Some folks made a big deal of the fact that Donald Trump sent a tweet, late last month promising to enlarge our nuclear force. Trump did this shortly after Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin commented that Russia should expand it’s nuclear force.
        Nobody really knows exactly what Vladimir Vladimirovich meant by his comment. Does he plan to increase the number of warheads he has, or does he have something else in mind.

  • What did they do with my puppy?
  • Extra Points: New Year

            Now that the New Year is officially here and everyone is transitioning into 2017, let the mistakes of writing 2016 on the date line be minimal. Every year, I have the worst time when I go to write the date. I write the previous years date. Once I notice, I typically laugh to myself about it and correct it.

  • SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE FISHING REPORT

    DALE WILSON
    SML GUIDE SERVICE
    PHONE NO:  540-297-5650 / 540-874-4950
    www.captaindalewilson.com

     OVERVIEW- Start the New Year off by going fishing! Fishing has been good this past month! Water temperature will be in the 40’s to low 50’s. Best times will be early morning, late afternoon and cloudy days. Striper fishing has been great at times this month. Depending on the weather, fishing should be good all of the month of January.

  • Forest falls twice but wins one

    By Margaret Scott
    Sports Editor
    Sports@bedfordbulletin.com

        The Jefferson Forest boys team has taken this year to start rebuilding and laying a structure for years to come. JF competed in the K Guard Classic at Salem Civic Center during the Holiday break.
        Forest took on Cave Spring, Hidden Valley and Broadway during the tournament.