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Today's News

  • Like Hatfields andMcCoys

      If nothing else is clear from the American Legion regular season shenanigans, you can safely hang your hat on this:  There is no greater rivalry than that between Big Island Post 217 and Lynchburg Post  16.

  • Bringing 5th District Virginians’ concerns To Washington

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

    This past week, during our District Work Week, I had the chance to visit with 5th District Virginians in Franklin, Bedford, and Albemarle Counties as Americans across this country joined together to celebrate Independence Day.

     

  • Protecting our Founding Fathers’ vision of freedom

    When our Founding Fathers signed their names to the Declaration of Independence, they could not have known how this experiment of self-government would unfold.  What they were confident of, however, is that liberty is an inherent, God-given right, not one that originates from a King or other form of government.

     

  • Still think there’s no global warming?

    Hopefully, most people are getting back to normal after the June 29 derecho wind event that swept through here from Ohio and went all the way to the Virginia coast and into Washington, D.C.
        If you were lucky, you were relatively unaffected by the power outtages, business closings, and the gold-like lust for bagged ice that plagued most other people. But the lucky were few indeed.
        We know the storms were a product of the extreme heat, a wave that began in late June, which is not the usual time for heat waves.

  • Obama does something right

        NATO supply trucks are once again crossing through Pakistan on their way to Afghanistan. This came after Hillary Clinton told the Pakistani government that the U. S. is sorry that Pakistani troops were killed when American air strikes hit Pakistani army checkpoints that were reported to be firing on Afghan forces in Afghanistan.
        “We are sorry for the losses suffered by the Pakistani military,” Clinton said in a statement.  She added that mistakes were made by both sides.

  • Helping out or taking advantage

    When the worst of times hit, there tends to be two very different scenarios that happen.
        Ideally, dealing with turbulent times brings out the best in folks. They band together, lock arms and plow through whatever problem they face.
        In most cases that seems to have been the case through the recent devastating windstorm that blindsided folks in and around Central Virginia these past two weeks.
        Thousands lost their electricity, but they tapped into the enormous power of a community coming together.

  • 2nd Friday shuttle offered

        This Friday, Friday the 13th, Bedford’s 2nd Fridays will have a new feature. According to Sue Montgomery, Bedford Main Street’s director, a shuttle will make a circuit of 2nd Friday attractions, providing transportation for people who desire it.
        “They will see all the special events we have going on,” Montgomery said.

  • BBB warns against price gouging

        Some people have noted how many folks pitched in to help others during the recent widespread power outage.
        “Everybody’s there helping,” commented Kris Angstadt, who moved to Bedford from Pennsylvania.
        “And like, for free,” she added. You don’t have to hire people to do it.”    
        Angstadt said that she is accustomed to people profiting from an emergency.

  • Hurt visits local business

        Congressman Robert Hurt stopped by Fresenius Blueridge Dialysis last week on a tour of businesses in the 5th Congressional District. The visit took place on Wednesday as the area was recovering from power outages due to the massive derecho that struck the area the previous Friday.

        According to Stephany Dietrich, who heads the dialysis center, Blueridge Dialysis did not lose power, but it also has a generator.
        “We are a dialysis facility,” she explained.

  • Reversion closer

        The reversion agreement, signed by the Bedford County Board of Supervisors and Bedford City Council last year cleared a major hurdle on Monday.