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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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • The Russian albatross around his neck

        If there’s a fatal scandal brewing in the Trump regime, it’s likely to be based upon the continuing questions over his campaign’s contact with Russian government officials both during and after the election.
        The question may eventually be: Is it possible for Donald Trump to shed this nagging issue without his impeachment?

  • Brawling while the ship heads for the rocks

        And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. Mark 3:24.

        Recently some Republican congressmen have been faced with town hall meetings packed with shrieking liberals. The speakers have been there to oppose Republican efforts to repeal ObamaCare as well as express their disapproval of just about everything  President Donald Trump wants to do.

  • Bedford Town Council meets to discuss BMS, Old Yellow

        “This building is just not really safe to be in at this moment,” announced Brittan Springs, an architect with the architecture and engineering firm Wiley Wilson.

        Springs was referring to the Old Public School Building, commonly known as “Old Yellow,” located on the current Bedford Middle School campus. 
        On Monday, March 6, Bedford Town Council viewed a powerpoint presentation presented by Project Manager and architect Randy Vaughn and Springs.

  • Bedford Middle School building subject of meeting

    Bedford Town Council will hold a meeting in council chambers at the town's municipal building on proposals for what to do with the current middle school building once the school division declares it surplus. A structural engineer will make a presentation, which will include the old 1912 school building commonly called "Old Yellow."

    "I think, as we have found in the past, there is a lot of nostalgia for "Old Yellow," Mayor Robert Wandrei commented during a Town Council Meeting, Tuesday.

  • Thoughts from my recent visit with members of the German Bundestag

    By Congressman Tom Garrett

    The past election cycle thrust refugee and immigration issues into the spotlight more so than any time in recent years. A very charged and polarized political climate has left little room for compromise on either side of the aisle and I have been working extremely hard to balance international humanitarian issues with national security and the needs of the United States.