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Today's News

  • Johnson to vie for District 2 School Board seat

        Jason Johnson works with incoming freshmen at Virginia Tech as an undergraduate academic adviser. He believes that position makes him uniquely qualified to see just how prepared area students are when they enter college.

        And Johnson believes the school system can do better.

  • Incumbents seek reelection to council

        Four Bedford City Council incumbents are seeking reelection for what will likely be very short terms—at least as a City Council.
        If reversion goes according to schedule, City Council will cease to exist on July 1, 2013 — to be replaced by a Town Council. Councilmen won’t automatically transition to this town council. They will all have to run for seats on the new town council in an election to be held in May 2013 if they want to serve on that elected body.

  • PRESIDENT DECLARES A MAJOR DISASTER FOR COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal aid has been made available for Virginia to supplement the commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and straight-line winds during the period of June 29 to July 1, 2012.

  • You did build that

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As I travel across the 5th District, I talk with small business owners who have sustained our local communities for generations. From Pittsylvania to Greene County, and everywhere in between, I have been inspired by the stories of so many who have built their small businesses and family farms from the ground up.

     

  • The House acts again to repeal the President’s health care law

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

  • Cutting government red tape to create jobs

    A recent study reported in Investor’s Business Daily revealed startling news. After measuring countries by the number of regulations they have, “it is now easier to start a business in Slovenia, Estonia and Hungary than in America.” This affects our ability to encourage investment and job creation in our country.

     

  • The Storm: More damaging than any other weather event we’ve experienced

    By Charles Patton

    President
    Appalachian Power

        The massive June 29 storm that tore across Virginia undoubtedly affected you or someone close to you. Nearly everyone can point to individual stories about the storm, but taken in totality, this storm was without a doubt more damaging than any weather event we have ever experienced at Appalachian Power.

  • Why Romney’s wealth seems obscene

    Do you remember the phrase “obscene wealth?” No one uses it much anymore, but it definitely comes to mind when you contemplate the vast riches of Willard Mitt Romney.
        Just how much is the Republican presidential nominee worth? We don’t know, partly because he’s playing hide and seek with most of his recent tax returns. I wonder if Romney even knows himself the dollar value of just how much money, property and assets he owns.

  • What’s President Obama going to do?

  • The usual suspects

    The usual suspects showed up following the tragedy in Aurora, Colo., Friday.
        As if someone shooting 70 people in a packed movie theater—killing 12—wasn’t enough, there are always those ready to pounce on any opportunity to get their face on TV, or to use that opportunity to trash an opponent.
        Those included:
        • the political hacks, trying to blame the other Party’s supporters for being at fault;