Today's News

  • Senate has been especially efficient this year

    By Senator Steve Newman

        The halfway point of the legislative calendar, crossover, is upon us.  The pace in the Senate was quicker and the floor sessions longer. 

  • Bill opens door for Safe Families for Children

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        This week, we passed the thirtieth day of our 60-day session, with both the House and Senate finishing work on bills submitted by their respective members.  Traditionally, the days leading up to crossover, the halfway mark on the legislative calendar, feature the longest floor sessions of the year.
        As the House of Delegates completes work on all its bills, several of the ones I submitted advanced through the process.

  • House works constructively across party lines

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        This is a transitional week in the General Assembly, as each chamber begins considering the bills of the other chamber, in the process known as crossover. It is a transitional week for me as well, as I return to my seat in the House of Delegates following surgery at MD Anderson Medical Center in Houston.

  • Dealing with a touch of ‘senioritis’

    By Foster Garrett

  • Why are we still in Afghanistan?

        On Jan. 27, an ambulance rigged with a car bomb exploded in Kabul, Afghanistan, and killed more than 100 people. The Taliban later claimed responsibility.
        This happened again despite the presence of the U.S. military in that country, which has been there now for 17 years, ever since the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks here.

  • Build the wall

        Congress, including “Democrats,” needs to stop playing politics and get on board President Donald Trump’s immigration reform program. It also needs to take action on the status of the so called dreamers.
        “Democrats” need to learn to put the good of the country ahead of their political party. They  need to stop focusing on scoring political points against Republicans and secure our southern border and that means building President Trump’s wall.

  • Hospice House plans March 7 fundraiser

        The Friends of Bedford Hospice House, Inc., will host its annual Beauty of Life Breakfast on Wednesday, March 7, from 7:30 -9 a.m. at the Bower Center for the Arts, Braaten Gallery, 305 North Bridge St., Bedford. 

  • Cavaliers fall just short in Championship

    By: Denton Day
    Sports Editor

    Last year Jefferson Forest won five games and was bounced in the first round of the Seminole District Championship. This year the Cavaliers took down Liberty and Rustburg to reach the Seminole District Championship game.

  • Liberty falls at the buzzer

    By: Denton Day
    Sports Editor

    Liberty had the game in the palm of its hand but a defensive breakdown on the final play ended their run for the Seminole District title.

     “Before the tournament we talked about control what you can control,” Liberty Head Coach Emilee Dunton said after a first round victory against Rustburg. “Obviously it’s going to be a hostile environment when it’s win or go home.”

  • JF ends Liberty's season

    By: Denton Day
    Sports Editor

    At the beginning the Liberty basketball program was filled with question marks. The team was young and looking for leadership and needed players who could score and rebound on a nightly basis.

    Fast forward about three months and the team went toe-to-toe with the No. 2 seed in the Seminole District, and Bedford County rival, Jefferson Forest. The Cavaliers were victorious 50-47 but Liberty pushed a top team to the edge.