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Today's News

  • Bills deal with public education

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        We are one week away from the scheduled end of our 60-day legislative session.  Our time now is devoted to completion of committee work, review of Senate bills sent to the House, follow-up action to gubernatorial vetoes, and the fashioning of amendments to pending legislation.

  • Texas abortion law should be tossed

        At week’s end, the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked a Louisiana law that would basically shut down all abortion clinics in the state but one. This was after hearing arguments for and against a similar law in Texas.
        Some took it as a sign that a majority of the eight justices are poised to strike down the Texas law, one that requires doctors at a clinic to have admitting privileges at a hospital.

  • A world plunging into chaos

        Whoever or whatever ends up being elected in November, the new president will face a world that’s increasingly plunging into chaos. Some of this chaos is Barack Obama’s fault, some isn’t.
        There are some things I can’t blame on President Obama, the Zika virus being on of them.

  • Local projects receive tourism grant funds

        Two local events were among those that received matching fund grants announced this week by Governor Terry McAuliffe.
        In all, $812,000 in matching grant funds will be awarded to 39 local tourism initiatives as part of Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) Marketing Leverage Program. The grants are designed to help local and regional tourism entities attract more visitors by leveraging local marketing dollars and will ultimately impact at least 153 other statewide tourism entities.

  • Norovirus outbreak closes Montvale Elementary for one day

        An outbreak of norovirus at Montvale Elementary led to a decision to close the school last Friday to prevent further spread of the virus and to allow for a thorough cleansing of the school building.
        The action appears to have worked. After having close to half of the school absent on Thursday, only 27 students were out of school on Monday.

  • Board to begin discussion of budget proposal

        Dr. Douglas Schuch presented the school board with a proposed budget of $101,282,991 for the next school year Thursday night. That’s $3,401,855 less than last year’s budget.
        But the school board will actually seek more local funding.
        How did that happen?

  • Requests exceed available money

        Bedford County’s supervisors are, once again, faced with more budget requests than they have money to pay for. 
        Susan Crawford, the county’s director of fiscal management, presented the supervisors with the budget that had requests that exceed current revenue highlighted in gray. For example, the Sheriff’s Office has requested 17 new vehicles. Seven of these were in the gray section. Each vehicle, fully equipped, will cost an average of $48,000.

  • Clinton, Trump win in Virginia

        Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton trounced Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in Virginia’s Democratic presidential primary election on Tuesday, and billionaire businessman Donald Trump narrowly defeated Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in the Republican contest.

  • Rose Hill Penny Run

        Rose Hill Horse Farm is hosting a fun-filled race day on Sunday, March 13 at 3pm. The farm is better known for the more than 30 horses that are groomed, boarded, and trained by Hunter and Anna Lisa King. They have been showing and training horses for more than 50 years. Both have won many races and international awards for their riding.
        So, why have a foot race at a horse farm?

  • Virginia Hunter Skills Weekends

        An interesting, educational experience awaits anyone with a desire to learn more about hunting and hunting-related skills – and no previous experience or equipment is required.  On April 22-24 Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center at 1267 4-H Camp Rd in Appomattox will be the host for the 8th year of semi-annual Virginia Hunter Skills Weekends (VHSW).