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Today's News

  • Legislation moving quickly

        This week, we were reminded of how quickly legislation moves during the short session, as one of my bills made it to the floor of the House after just one week.  House Bill 1419 would end Virginia’s mandate that girls receive the human papillomavirus vaccine before entering the sixth grade.

        The mandate was passed by the General Assembly in 2007.  This decision made it the first time that Virginia mandated vaccinations for a disease that cannot be transmitted through casual contact.

  • Repeal of health care reform will fail

        Shame on all the conservative Republicans, including Bob Goodlatte and Robert Hurt, who voted in the House to repeal President Obama’s health care reform law.

        Let all Americans know what this means: House Republicans care more about the profits of the insurance industry than they do about 50 million Americans without health insurance.

  • Time for some guarded optimism

        It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Hey, wait a minute! Somebody already used that! Oh well, it’s a Dickens of a good opening.

  • Park Service comes to Bedford

    Long before the National D-Day Memorial opened in Bedford a decade ago, skeptics expressed doubts about its location and its ability to draw enough visitors to remain economically viable. ...

        The privately run Memorial, in the Blue Ridge foothills between Lynchburg and Roanoke, has struggled financially from the start. Shortly after the monument and grounds opened to the public, the foundation overseeing the property filed for bankruptcy amid serious allegations of mismanagement.

  • DSS head retiring

    Leighton Langford, Bedford County’s director of social services is retiring, effective at the end of this month. Langford has held this post since 1976.

        Langford grew up on a tobacco farm in Forest and graduated from New London High School in 1963. His first experience with the county’s department of social services came in 1964 as a college student intern. Langford said that this was back in the day when the courthouse still had segregated restrooms.

  • Marie Tuck retires from Moneta Post Office

    By Peter Sawyer
    Intern writer
    news@bedfordbulletin.com


        Located at Smith Mountain Lake, Moneta has experienced significant growth over the years.  Many newcomers live in subdivisions built off of the old country roads.  Few people have been in a better position to notice these changes than Marie Tuck, who witnessed them over the past three decades as a mail carrier.
        Marie Tuck has delivered mail since 1980; she retired on Dec. 31.

  • Local man hopes to break into movie industry

    By Peter Sawyer
    Intern writer
    news@bedfordbulletin.com


        Bear Frazer, based in Bedford, hopes to break into the movie industry with his recent pitch film The Bam Theory.
        Frazer is from New York, but moved to Bedford with his family in 2001.  Frazer said he was always interested in writing and was creative as a child, but his interest in screenwriting started in 2002 when he bought books on screenwriting.  He also began writing and studying scripts.

  • Newman responds to Soering lawsuit

    Jens Soering isn’t quite ready to give up on being transferred from Virginia to a German prison.

        Soering, who was convicted for the 1985 stabbing deaths of Derek and Nancy Haysom in Bedford County, has filed a lawsuit against  Gov. Bob McDonnell over his refusal to transfer Soering to a German prison. Before he left office, former Gov. Tim Kaine had granted Soering’s request for a transfer.

  • NPS holds meeting on D-Day Memorial

    The National Defense Authorization Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law in October, directed the National Park Service to do a study to determine whether the National D-Day Memorial qualifies for inclusion in the national park system.

  • NPS holds meeting on D-Day Memorial

    The National Defense Authorization Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law in October, directed the National Park Service to do a study to determine whether the National D-Day Memorial qualifies for inclusion in the national park system.