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Today's News

  • Extra Points: August 17

        The summer Olympics have been nothing but amazing this year. So many world records are being set and also a lot of firsts happening in this Olympics.
        During day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympics, Usain Bolt finished first in the 100m, for the third time. The Olympics saw a marriage proposal on the podium at a medal ceremony. The Olympics also handed out its first medals for Golf since 1904.

  • Farmers urged to secure loads for safety

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and Farm Bureau want to urge people to secure loads when hauling them on the county’s highways. This can be a special problem with the large round hay bales used today.

        Sheriff Mike Brown  said deputies find them on county roads on a weekly basis. This happens because somebody was hauling hay bales without strapping them down and one or more rolled off.
        “The danger is great,” Miller said.

  • County family hosts Austrian farm girl

    A Bedford County family is hosting an Austrian farm girl under the International 4-H Youth Exchange.

        It’s turnabout for the McPherson family. Last year, Jaycey McPherson, who is now 19, spent a summer in Finland the guest of a Finnish farm family in northern Finland under the same program.
        This year the McPherson family is the host. Rita Koch stayed with them as part of her sojourn in Virginia. Fortunately for the McPhersons, Rita speaks good English.

  • Safe families

        Patrick Henry Family Services is serving as the pilot site, in Virginia, for a program called Safe Families for Children. It’s a program for faith-based organizations and local department of social services directors are excited about it.

        “They are trying to recruit families to take children into their home when the birth family is having a crisis,” said Andy Crawford, Bedford County’s director of social services.

  • Mill’s oldest supplier

        It’s hard to imaging Loraine Reaves manning one side of a two-man crosscut saw cutting down trees.

        The little 94-year old is pretty healthy and spry, but she’s so tiny. However, that’s what she did when she and her husband, Edwin Lewis Reaves, founded Reaves Timber in 1951. Of course, she was much younger back then, but she was still a tiny little woman.

  • Appeasement and half-measures make our world more dangerous

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • A better way for tax reform

    When it comes to the current tax system, the list of complaints is far from short – you can probably tick off a few right now. From the lengthy, overly complex tax code to the arcane, bureaucratic operations of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the United States is in need of a new system. There is a better way for tax reform, and it starts with focusing on a tax code and IRS that works for us, not against us. We need a tax code that we can understand and an IRS that taxpayers can actually trust.

     

  • Republicans begin to abandon Trump

        As Republicans across the country watch, in horror, the train wreck that is Donald Trump’s campaign, many are no doubt having an existential moment that can only be expressed as, “My God, my God, what have we done?”
            Indeed. His nomination is a looming disaster unprecedented in modern politics. Nearly each day, he proves again that he is not fit in any way to be president of this country.

  • Hillary’s chance to prove her manhood?

        China is still seething with bellicosity following a decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague that ruled against China’s claims in the South China Sea. This court arbitrates conflicts between countries under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Both China and the Philippines, which filed a complaint with this court, are signatories to this treaty.

  • How, who will handle tourism?

        Reid Wodicka, the new assistant county administrator, talked to the supervisors about tourism during a 5 p.m. work session Monday evening.
        Wodicka said the tourism director’s position has been vacant since May. He said the tourism director’s job description focuses heavily on managing the Welcome Center and this may no longer be appropriate. He also said county staff needs direction from the supervisors concerning the tourism program.