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Today's News

  • Garrett is one of six House budget conferees

    By Delegate Scott Garrett

  • General Assembly session may extend past March 10 closing date

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        Only one week remains in the scheduled session of the 2018 General Assembly. This means that activity in both chambers is slowing down, as the finishing touches are put on the final versions of bills that have been agreed upon jointly by the House and Senate.

  • House budget is irresponsible

    By Senator David Suetterlein

        This week, Virginia Senate and House of Delegate budget conferees began negotiations after a bipartisan coalition in the Senate voted to substitute the House-backed Obamacare expansion budget with the fiscally responsible ($3.3 billion smaller) Senate plan.

  • House budget puts state’s fiscal future at risk

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        With one week left in the 2018 General Assembly session, agreements are being reached on legislation while conferees are beginning what promises to be the most challenging negotiations on the budget since 2014.
        The differences between the House and Senate budgets garnered most of the media coverage this week.  What was overlooked in these accounts was a stand taken by myself and several of fellow delegates before formal negotiations began.

  • Arming teachers is a lousy idea

        In 1999, after the first school gun massacre in Littleton, Colorado, the National Rifle Association barely waited two weeks to show up in town to hold a rally.
        Then-NRA President Charleton Heston stood on stage, held up a rifle, and uttered their macho chant popular at the time, “From my cold dead hands.”

  • Counting chickens

        Liberals are not getting a whole lot of news to support their hopes for an electoral disaster for Republicans in the fall.

  • Lynchburg man faces malicious wounding, abduction and sexual battery charges

        Warrants were taken out by officers from the Bedford Police Department last week on Mark Hanson Elliott of Lynchburg for an incident that allegedly occurred Tuesday morning.
        According to Bedford Police, at about 8:30 a.m., police responded to the 1000 block of Pinecrest Avenue for the report of a disturbance.  A Lynchburg man, identified as Mark Hanson Elliott, was not at the location when officers arrived. 

  • Judge dismisses case against former SB chair

        General District Court Judge Randy Krantz dismissed a charge against former Bedford County School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler, following a hearing in GDC last Wednesday.
        John Briscoe had filed for a warrant against Hostutler late last fall, charging him with false entry/destroying a public record. The misdemeanor charge related to the alleged removal of information from a Facebook account.

  • Town Council revisits funding to outside agencies

        During a work session last week, Bedford Town Council briefly revisited funding to outside agencies.
        Late last month, Council had made decisions on the amount of funding the town would give various outside agencies that requested funding. Last week, Councilman Steve Rush, who had been absent at the previous meeting, wanted to revisit the decision.
        Rush called funding outside agencies “political pork” although he had no problem with providing matching funds to support a grant.

  • Dr. Schuch proposes $105.6M in spending

        Thursday night, Dr. Douglas Schuch, Bedford County’s superintendent of schools, announced his proposal for the school division’s budget.
        The school board will deliberate on his budget this Thursday in a work session at 6 p.m.
        “My hope is that our budget decisions during the next couple of months send a clear message to our community about our commitment to empowering learners for future success,” Dr. Schuch said.