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Today's News

  • Action for Congress on executive overreach

    Think back to civics class – one of the first lessons you probably learned was about the three branches of the United States government. The Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches were created as three co-equal branches of our government under the belief that any one branch should not gain too much power. However, it would seem that some of these lessons have been forgotten by this Administration.

     

  • Calls picking up in March

    By Ryan Burnette
    Lieutenant/PIO
    Forest Vol. Fire Department

        February was a slower month than January for Forest VFD with 32 calls for service but March is starting off busy with 13 calls in seven days thus far.

  • The importance of passing a budget

    By Delegate Terry Austin
    19th District

        The General Assembly has one obligation in Richmond each year, to pass a budget.
        This year, the House budget is focused and prioritized, allotting $500 million for K-12 education, $20 million for tuition moderation, nearly $50 million for mental health, and $118 million for our hospitals for our free clinics. Without a budget, each of these areas, as well as transportation, public safety, our emergency responders, and teachers, will lose millions of dollars in the interim.

  • It’s over... Almost

    Senator Steve Newman
    23rd District

        Finally, it is finished…  Well, almost. 
        During the last week of the 2014 General Assembly, the Senate and House acted on the final bills of this session. In all, we considered over 2,500 pieces of legislation.  We also worked hard to reconcile the Commonwealth’s budget, but due to a mandate from the Governor to include an expansion of Obama Care it could not be done in the 60-day session.

  • Ukraine, Crimea not part of our interests

    Conservatives who don’t like President Obama are having a new field day at his expense in the matter of Russia’s moves in Crimea and the greater situation with Ukraine.
        They have chosen to react as though Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions are a direct result of what he thinks of Obama. Well, you know, everything bad in the world is Obama’s fault, right?
        Isn’t that what passes for logic these days in the “tea party?”

  • Make a decision

    The time for delays is over; it’s time to make a decision.
        Long before the city of Bedford’s decision to revert to a town; long before the county and then city officials sat down to hammer out a voluntary reversion agreement; long before that reversion became effective on July 1 of last year; and long before a meeting Jan. 28 between the county supervisors and the school board on the subject, the need for a new secondary school in the Liberty Zone was a top priority for the county school system.

  • Barack Obaloney and the Tsar

        In my first column of the new year, I offered the opinion that Vladimir Putin would not let Ukraine go without a struggle. Events of the past two weeks have proved me right and we may not yet have seen how far Tsar Vladimir I is willing to go to avoid losing what many Russians view as “theirs.”
        The protests that I spoke of in that column steadily grew angrier and Victor Yanukovych became increasingly heavy handed in his efforts, apparently at the Tsar’s urging, to end the protests.

  • Health insurance costs to impact school budget

        Employees with Bedford County Public Schools will likely have a new health insurance plan next year as the school system works to keep health insurance rates as low as possible.
        The Bedford County School Board met in the first of two work sessions to discuss the 2015 budget and much of that discussion focused on the cost of health care. If the school system decided to keep its current plans, premium costs would rise 28 percent, increasing the school system’s cost by $2.6 million.

  • Sports commentary: Making the right choice

     

    Financial advisors will tell you that you need to have diversification in your investments.  Good ones will, anyway.

    The idea is that a mix of stocks, bonds, real estate, cash and gold will minimize risk while giving you a decent return.

    Life is the same way.  A wide mix of activities makes for a richer life.  In other words, don't put all of your eggs in one basket.

    Of course, a wide range of involvement can often result in timing conflicts.

  • Softball preview: Jefferson Forest

     

    Children inherit from their parents.

    Unless you're talking about Jefferson Forest softball.

    New Head Coach Jay Gray takes over a team which was crafted, in part, by his daughter.  Joanna Hardin, Gray's kiddo, coached the team until the 2012 season.  She then moved on to coach at McNeese State.

    Last year, Bob McCarthy took the helm, leading the Lady Cavs into the second round of regional play.  Gray was his assistant.

    Now, Hardin's pop will see what he can do as he takes the reins.