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Today's News

  • Bedford County Sheriff's Office loses top investigator, friend

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office lost one of its best investigators when cancer claimed Lt. Darryl Saunders last week. Saunders was lieutenant of the criminal investigations unit.

        “It left a big hole over here,” commented Major Ricky Gardner. “I’ve been here 30 years and he was here 28 years.”
        Saunders held a number of positions over the years, including road deputy and canine officer.

  • Caldwell convicted

        An angry argument, last May, resulted in Gary Hamilton’s death and, after a two-day trial last week, 53-year-old Jeffery Thomas Caldwell becoming a convicted felon.
        The altercation came about after Hamilton nearly ran over one of Caldwell’s dogs and Caldwell went to Hamilton’s home to confront him over the incident. It ended when Caldwell, who has a concealed weapon permit, shot Hamilton in the back of the head with a .357 magnum revolver loaded with jacketed hollow points.

  • Town not planning property tax hike

        Bedford Town Manager Charles Kolakowski has prepared a proposed budget, for Town Council approval, that calls for $9 million in general fund expenditures. This is a $600,000 increase over the current fiscal year budget.
        It also has calls for a $986,000 solid waste fund and a $23 million electric fund. Both of these are enterprise funds and funded by user fees, rather than tax money.

  • Schools to get $1M more from county

        School board chairman Gary Hostutler asked the board of supervisors for $3.45 million in additional school funding during a joint work session Monday evening. He didn’t get it, but the supervisors will provide a little more than $1 million in additional local funds for the next fiscal year.

  • Of our American rights and freedoms, which one would you choose to celebrate and why?

    By Anna Barrett
    Liberty HS Good Citizen
    Sponsored by Peaks of Otter NSDAR

        As Americans, we are privileged to have an abundance of rights and freedoms at out hands.  Would being able to call yourself an American mean anything if we didn’t have these freedoms? 

  • Muslim elected mayor; sky didn’t fall

        Something happened recently in one of the world’s great cities, London, England, that, sadly, probably couldn’t happen yet in America.
        Sadiq Khan, a practicing Muslim, was sworn in as mayor of that city after his victory over a Trump-like candidate. His Conservative Party opponent – like Ben Carson here – had openly questioned whether Khan’s religion was appropriate. It looks like the voters answered that question.

  • Is he being honest?

        Although  we’re still hearing a lot of fussing and fuming from Republican Party leaders about Donald Trump, I think they are going to come to terms with the fact that, like it or not, he is going to be their party’s nominee for president.  They will grudgingly begin to support him as the only alternative will be Hillary Clinton getting elected. That would be dreadful.

  • National EMS Week

        When you or your loved one suffers from a medical emergency, it is Virginia’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel who are relied upon to respond quickly to the call for help and provide quality prehospital care. Last year, EMS providers responded to just over 1.4 million calls for help in Virginia, approximately 3,879 incidents per day.

  • Local first responders are a community’s greatest asset

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Iran’s bad behavior stuck on repeat

    Did you ever have any old records or CDs that just got stuck after a while? When it comes to the United States’ dealings with Iran, it seems like the record is stuck on repeat. Hardly a week goes by without another news story about Iran’s questionable actions on the global stage. The Iran Nuclear Agreement was a bad deal from the start, and one that I firmly opposed. Now, several months into its implementation, it’s easier than ever to see the flaws in this half-baked policy.