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Today's News

  • Session ends early

    By Del. Terry Austin
    19th District

        Last week, the General Assembly wrapped up the 2015 session.  We adjourned early for the first time in 15 years, adopted a balanced budget, and offered positive solutions to issues important to Virginians.

  • Senate passes conservative, fiscally sound budget

    By Sen. Steve Newman
    23rd District

        The 2015 Virginia General Assembly Session finished Sine Die on Friday, February 27.  I am proud to report that we completed our work one day early and successfully dealt with most of the priority issues of the session. 

  • Boating safety education law stays intact

        The General Assembly completed its work a day early this year, adjourning on Friday, February 27.  That is a pretty dramatic contrast to last year’s session, which ended without a budget and immediately went into a special session to resolve the impasse.  So instead of finishing our work in June, we actually finished in February.

  • Religion a useful tool for conservatives

        For very good reasons, the “religiousright” in America seems to get a lot of attention from the mainstream press, but few would know there’s also a “religious left.”
        Decades ago, the late Rev. Jerry Falwell and his minions created “Christian conservatism” out of thin air, using emotional hysteria over abortion as an anchor to launch a new politics from the right.

  • Teachers’ union misses an opportunity

        It seems like the teachers’ union just can’t seem to avoid whining when they ask for a pay raise. When Chad Honeycutt, a teachers’ union representative, argued before the board of supervisors for a teacher pay raise, his presentation included the results of a poll to which 100 teachers responded. Some claimed they must have second jobs to make ends meet. Later, one of the slides in his Power Point presentation stated that the average teacher salary in Bedford County is $41,023.

  • Testimony: Sisters made sex videos under threat

    By Scott Daugherty
    Landmark News Service/The Virginian-Pilot
    and Staff Reports

        The girl didn’t know Frank Dietrich, but she wanted to.
        She was 14 when she received a Facebook friend request from what appeared to be an older boy. His profile picture showed a young man throwing a football while wearing a tight shirt that showed off a muscular physique.

  • Supervisors take tax hike off the table

        A public hearing on the Bedford County budget, including the real estate tax rate, is scheduled for April 13, but that tax rate won’t be any higher than the current 52 cents per $100 in assessed value. When asked after a lengthy budget work session, Monday night, the supervisors said increasing the tax rate is not on the table for discussion.
        What was on the table for discussion was where the public hearing will be held. Some supervisors noted that their regular meeting chamber will probably not provide adequate space.

  • More than snowmen

        You probably noticed the orange orangutan leaning on a lamp post next to Town Kitchen Provisions. The sculpture, made entirely of snow, is the work of Bobby Fuller, owner of Bartertown Art. His art studio is in transition, at present, and is slated to reopen near the Millstone Tea Room this summer.

        Fuller’s normal art medium is stuff people throw away.
        “Everything I make is out of 100 percent recycled,” Fuller said.

  • FMS student wins county spelling bee

        Seventeen very serious looking elementary and middle school students lined the stage of Liberty High School’s auditorium, Tuesday morning, for Bedford County’s annual spelling bee. All were winners of their respective schools’ spelling bee.

        By round six, only two were left. Case Bohannon, a seventh grader from Forest Middle School, and Finn Plattus, a fifth grader from Thaxton Elementary School, then proceeded to battle it out for 21 rounds before Bohannon emerged as the winner.

  • School board gives OK to raise funds for astro turf at JF field

        Jefferson Forest High School has moved one step closer to installing artificial turf at its Sabre Stadium. Now the real work begins.
        With the 5-2 vote, the Bedford County School Board approved the proposal which would allow the school’s Cavalier Club to begin raising funds in support of the installation.