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Today's News

  • Remembering...With Pride

    Bedford lost one of the last two remaining Bedford Boys Thursday evening.

        Pride Wingfield, who died at the age of 96, was with  Company A when the unit was called to federal service in February, 1941 for what they thought was going to be a year of active duty. It turned out to be for a lot longer than that when Japanese naval aircraft bombed Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7.

  • The Senate must join us at the negotiating table

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    There is no denying that the current situation in Washington, which has led to a lapse in government operations, is unfortunate and needs to be rectified as soon as possible.  At the root of it all, our constitutional prerogatives are at stake.  Article One, Section Eight, which states the enumerated powers of Congress, expressly authorizes the U.S. Congress power of the purse.  It is our job to establish the spending priorities for the nation. 

  • Calling on the President and the Senate to negotiate and reopen the government

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Starting a dialogue on entitlement reform and debt

    The discussion in Congress has once again turned to the debt limit. Unfortunately, because of continued out-of-control spending, we are facing a situation where Congress is being asked to increase the amount of debt the federal government can incur in order to avoid default. To be certain, allowing the U.S. to default on its creditors would result in severe economic consequences for the United States and its citizens.

  • Medicare Part D Open Enrollment

        All people on Medicare should remember that October 15 will be the opening date for the Open Enrollment period for Medicare Part D for 2014.
        This has nothing to do with the new Health Care Exchanges; this is Medicare Part D, the prescription drug part of Medicare. Everyone receiving Medicare has the period from October 15-December 7 to select a Medicare Part D plan for 2014. The plan in which you are enrolled on midnight Dec 7th is the plan you must stay in for all of 2014.

  • Cuccinelli’s tea bag is leaking

    It might be just about time to head into your kitchen, select your finest knife, and get ready to plunge it into the political turkey we know as “Ken Cuccinelli for Governor.”
        Cuccinelli has so much going against him, it’s very difficult right now to see how he could pull this out on November 5.

  • A failure of leadership

        As I write this column, the partial government shutdown is still dragging on and the deadline to raise the federal debt ceiling is looming. Subscribers receive the Bedford Bulletin by mail on Thursday, so, by the time you read this Congress will have either reached an agreement or the United States will be on the brink of sailing into uncharted waters — a first-ever default on our sovereign debt.

  • Peaks of Otter Lodge reopens

        Although the Peaks of Otter Lodge is operated by a private company — none of its staff or management are federal employees — it was closed by the Federal Government shutdown on Oct. 1. Va. 43, which uses a section of the Blue Ridge Parkway, remained open, however, as did the Parkway itself.
        Now, the Lodge is open again.

  • Council approves firearms hunting regs for the town

        Attempts to lower the caliber of bullet that can be fired within the old town limits—or to prevent hunting there altogether—failed last Tuesday as Bedford Town Council approved amendments to the town ordinance allowing some firearms hunting within the town limits.

  • New 4-H agent joins County extension service

        Beth Hawse came by her love for 4-H the old-fashioned way—she lived it.

        As a fourth-grader she saw a presentation on all that 4-H camp had to offer and she knew she had to take part.
        “I was hooked,” she said of her camp experience.
        And it’s been a part of her life ever since.
        Hawse is the new extension agent in Bedford County in charge of 4-H Youth Development.