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Today's News

  • They’ll probably blame it on Bush

        President Barack Obama is not having a good year as his approval rating in polls continues to sink.
        His poll ratings fluctuate from day to day in Rasmussen’s daily presidential tracking poll. However, his approval has been on a steady downward trend since February when his approval reached his second term high, topping 55 percent. His most recent tracking poll number puts his approval at 47 percent.

  • Trust and don’t you dare verify

    Voting, and registering to vote, shouldn’t be overly burdensome.
        But it should require some amount of accountability. Apparently the federal government, and now the U.S. Supreme Court, disagree.
        The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can’t require those registering to vote to prove they are US citizens, when using the federal “Motor Voter” registration process. On a 7-2 opinion, the justices threw out an Arizona law that required those registering prove their US citizenship.

  • Turnout very low for primary

        Virginia held a primary last Tuesday to select the Democratic Party’s candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general. The primary was held on June 11.
        You didn’t vote? It seems hardly anybody in Bedford or Bedford County did. According to Bedford County Registrar Barbara Gunter, only 409 votes were cast in the county.
        “That includes absentee ballots,” she said.
        “We had one precinct with zero votes,” she commented.

  • Medlin tries again for 19th House seat

        This will be Lew Medlin’s fourth try at the 19th House of Delegates seat as the Democratic Party’s nominee. Medlin was defeated three times in a row by the incumbent, Delegate Lacey Putney.
        “I had a lot of people come up to me and say, ‘You gotta run,’” Medlin said, explaining why he is giving it another try.
        There is another reason.
        “When I ran the first few times, I knew I wasn’t going to win,” he said.

  • Elks national president visits local Bedford Lodge

        Bedford Elks Lodge #2844 officially opened its new facility Friday morning—doing so with a special guest.

        Elks National Grand Exalted Ruler Thomas S. Brazier, of California, attended Friday’s event at the newly purchased facility on West Main Street in Bedford. It was Brazier’s first visit to Bedford. His schedule Friday also included visits to the National D-Day Memorial and the Elks National Home.

  • City Council adopts upcoming town budget

        Bedford City Council adopted Bedford’s first town budget in decades last week. The end result will be lower real estate taxes next year for residents currently living in the city of Bedford, once it becomes a town.
        City Council voted, in a 4-3 vote, to provide an additional $5,000 for Bedford Main Street and and $1,000 to the Wharton Foundation.
        “Both of these organizations do a great deal for the community,” said Jim Vest, who had argued in favor of this funding at a late May work session.

  • Krantz testifies at Congressional committee hearing

    Like many communities, Bedford County has had its own issues with illegal immigrants committing repeat offenses, but not being able to deport those offenders.

        Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz took that past experience—and his recommendations for change—to Capitol Hill last week, testifying on immigration reform before a House Judiciary Committee.

  • Herrick retiring as city’s last registrar

    Randi Herrick has presided over 30 elections while serving as Bedford City Registrar.

  • Storm results in widespread damage, power outages

        Thousands of Bedford area residents lost power Thursday—and some for several days after that—the result of the area’s second Derecho in a year.

        Late last June a Derecho brought winds up to 80 miles per hour and last week’s storm featured 70 mph winds. Trees were uprooted, branches were blown off and electrical lines were knocked down as a result of the latest storm.

  • Sports Commentary: Love hurts

     

    I am in an abusive relationship, and I'm the one taking the abuse.

    No, you're not going to see me walking around with a shiner, or bloodied nose.  Nor will I be reporting to a shelter to seek help.  No restraining orders are to be issued.

    It is more in the realm of emotional abuse.

    Like many lousy relationships, I'm in it by my own choosing.  In fact, I'm the one who actively pursued it and have chosen to stay in it for well over forty years.

    It is my connection to the Chicago Cubs.