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Today's News

  • LHS students begin ‘Minutemen News’

    By Foster Garrett

    Intern Writer

        In a world brimming with ever-increasing technology, traditional journalism is slowly dying. Limitless information is literally at your finger-tips with smartphones, computers, iPads and countless other devices—what need is there for the 7 o’clock news or the paperboy?
        Although print media appears to survive on life support, a small cast of students from Liberty High School is striving to bring journalism back into the mainstream fold through technological means.

  • Police chase, apprehend suspect

        A 42-year-old Bedford man is in custody following a high-speed chase that began in Bedford County and ended at a residence on Otey Street on Saturday.
        According to Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman, Michael Shawn Parker faces multiple charges following the pursuit which began on Woods Road in the county, went to Big Island Highway and concluded in the town.
        Bedford Police, with guns drawn, surrounded the vehicle at the Otey Street residence, but no shots were fired, according to Foreman.

  • Remembering Dr. King

    Normally when temperatures are below 20 degrees, convincing someone to leave the warm relief of their home in the early morning is a back-breaking task.

  • All in the family

        “Our family’s involvement in the fire and rescue began with Bobby Hancock,” commented William Kirby in an e-mail. William is the third generation of his family to be a volunteer EMT with the Huddleston Rescue Squad.

  • Local authorities help with MS-13 cases in NY, MD

        Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance, and an investigator with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, participated last Thursday in a news conference held at Mineola, New York, concerning the indictments of 17 alleged members and associates of the MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha) gang.
        The grand jury indictments include various charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and drug trafficking in New York and nationally. All 17 of the defendants face up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted on their top charges.

  • Board chooses new chairman

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors held their first meeting of the year last week. The meeting, originally scheduled for Jan. 8 was postponed to Jan. 9 due to treacherous conditions caused by rain falling on roads that were still well below freezing.
        Each year, the supervisors unanimously choose a new chairman and vice chairman for the coming year. This year, District 1 Supervisor Bill Thomasson was elected chairman and District 5 Supervisor Tommy   Scott was elected vice chairman.

  • Governor has expressed interest in working with Republicans

    By Senator David R. Suetterlein
    District 19

        The Senate of Virginia has convened for the 2018 General Assembly. The membership of the Senate is the exact same as last year, but we will now be working with a new Governor, Lt. Governor, and House of Delegates.

  • General Assembly has new office building

    By Senator Steve Newman,
    Senate of Virginia
    President pro tempore

        The 2018 General Assembly Session opened on January 10. This year will be a longer, 60-day session where we craft a new biennial budget and tackle important issues such as healthcare, the opioid crisis, and the teacher shortage across Virginia among other issues.

  • Session begins with new governor

    By Delegate Terry L. Austin
    19th House District

        The 399th General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia convened last Wednesday, January 10, at noon. This year’s assembly is a “long” session, stretching 60 days until March 10.
        The session brings with it a new governor, Ralph Northam, and a new Speaker of the House, Kirk Cox. Mr. Northam was inaugurated last Saturday. Most recently he was our lieutenant governor; prior to that, he had been a state senator from Norfolk.

  • Section of U. S. 221 to be named in Lacey Putney’s honor

    Every four years, Virginia inaugurates a new governor.  Befitting a commonwealth with a government that predates our nation’s by more than 150 years, that inauguration is an affair filled with tradition.
        With the South Portico of Virginia’s Capitol as a backdrop, the swearing-in ceremony for a governor is very formal.  How formal?  Well, there aren’t many fancy dress events these days where gentlemen still wear gloves, but those in the Official Inaugural Committee do for the swearing-in ceremony.