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Today's News

  • News from the Capitol—Week 2

    By Senator Steve Newman
    Senate of Virginia President
    pro tempore

        The first week of the General Assembly session was filled with ceremony and change.  In the Senate, the second week was filled with time-consuming work for the people of Virginia.

  • Felony theft threshold bill moves forward

    By Senator David Suetterlein
    19th District

        The Senate of Virginia is already operating at full speed during its first week of the 2018 General Assembly session. Two of my bills have already made their way through committee hearings and been passed by the full Senate to the House of Delegates for consideration.

  • Trump’s ‘base’ finally figuring it out

        When support for Donald Trump is discussed, we always hear about “his base,” the allegedly steady level of commitment from nationalists, white supremacists, religionists, and those obsessed with illegal immigration.
        In the Republican primaries of 2016, these people accounted for close to 30 percent of the vote every time. In a crowded field that began with 15 candidates, that was usually enough to put Trump over the top.

  • Political theater

        Remember back in the fall of 2013 when Republicans, led by Ted Cruz, played chicken with the “Democrats” on a government shutdown in an effort to defund ObamaCare? The Republicans were blasted as irresponsible for holding the budget hostage to this one issue.

  • Pay study streamline’s Bedford’s pay structure

        A pay study done by Corporate Compensation Partners for Bedford could streamline the town’s pay structure, reducing the number of separate pay steps.
        The recommended 20 pay grade structure, with 10 percent between each step, would replace the town’s 27 pay grade structure, which has 5 percent between each step. It also calls for a “merit matrix” with higher increases for high performing employees and lower increases for low performing employees.

  • Special election will be held to fill county treasurer’s position

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution, Monday night, to hold a special election to fill the unexpired term of County Treasurer Becky Jones. Jones has announced that she will retire in March. Her current term expires at the end of 2019.

  • Log house burns

        A two-story log house, in Ivy Creek in Forest, burned, Saturday night, displacing seven people.
        According to Jack Jones, Bedford County’s chief of fire and rescue, units from the Forest Volunteer Fire Department and the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department responded. Jones said the first units to arrive saw heavy smoke coming from the rear of the house’s second story.
        The house was less than 30 years old, according to Jones.

  • Charges certified against 5 for thefts

        Five of the six defendants in an alleged string of thefts in the Stewartsville and Moneta areas had charges certified to the March grand jury during hearings held Monday in General District Court.
        Last July, Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies charged six defendants in a string of thefts in the Southside area. They all faced grand larceny and larceny with intent to sell charges.

  • Bedford family faces crisis as result of fire

        A Bedford family is facing a crisis. The crisis had its origin in a fire on Grove Street, the home of Mike and Tahlia Brooks, last January.

        The fire at a two story residence at 708 Grove Street, in Bedford, was called in at 4:53 a.m. Units from the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department, as well as the Bedford Police Department arrived four minutes later.

  • Nurses, teachers seek higher pay

        Nurses working in Bedford County Public Schools want to be paid at the same rate as teachers, while teachers in the school system are asking to be paid more in line with surrounding jurisdictions.
        Several school nurses spoke during the public comment time of last week’s Bedford County School Board meeting.