Today's News

  • Controlling spending?

    If the Senate, as expected, passed the debt ceiling compromise Tuesday, a plan that easily passed the House Monday, Congress will have passed the largest debt limit increase in U.S. history.

        And this is controlling spending?
        That’s the way, apparently, the federal government sees it—including Congressmen Bob Goodlatte and Robert Hurt.
        Their cute name for it: the Budget Control Act.

  • GOP nominates its local candidates

    Bedford area Republicans nominated a slate of five candidates for local offices.

        They endorsed Sheriff Mike Brown for a fifth term as Bedford County’s sheriff. Brown, first elected in 1995, will have completed 20 years in that office at the end of his next term if his reelection bid is successful. Brown said earlier this year that he will step down at the end of his next term.

  • Online learning program kicks off

    Summer school students in Bedford County got the first taste of the school system’s blended learning program, a program likely to become more prominent in the years ahead.

        Simply put, for online learning, the future is now.

  • Summer grads receive degrees

        Uzaifa Ahmad was only a few blocks away when the Twin Towers came down in New York City in September 11, 2001.
        “I thought the world had ended,” she said of living through that experience. But having survived it, she confidently told her fellow summer school graduates last week, “We’re going to be OK.”
        Ahmad was one of 11, 2011 Summer graduates from Bedford County Public Schools. Graduation exercises for  them  were held at Liberty High School on Thursday.

  • Charges to be dropped

    The 53-year-old Bedford woman who had more than 40 cats removed from her home in June will have to reimburse the organizations that have taken care of the cats since they were seized, but won’t face any jail time following action in Bedford General District Court Monday.

        Carolyn Creasy was charged with two counts of animal cruelty or neglect, one count of failing to vaccinate for rabies and one count of owning more than five animals within the city of Bedford.

  • Museum program brings history alive for children

    They’re living history.    
        The Bedford Museum has an annual summer program aimed at introducing children to history held every Friday afternoon.

  • Lifestyle that led up to shooting included belief in ‘tree people,’ heavy drinking

        According to Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz, Tammy Dell Spencer is “crazy like a fox.”

        Now, more than two-and-a-half years after her live-in boyfriend was shot in the head at their Bedford County home near Vinton, she’s been sentenced for the shooting.

  • Sports commentary: Hot dang!

      To my knowledge, Bedford does not have an official city or county motto.

  • Photo of the week: Butterfly and teddy bear

  • Once again, the House takes action to get our fiscal house in order

    Congressman Robert Hurt

    As the current discussion in Washington continues to revolve around our nation’s debt crisis, the House remains committed to passing legislation to change the spending culture in Washington, get our fiscal house in order, and create a better economic environment for job creation for 5th District Virginians and all Americans.