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Today's News

  • Woman allegedly kicks out window of BCSO vehicle

        On Saturday afternoon, May 30,  a Bedford County Sheriff’s deputy was transporting a female to the Bedford Adult Detention Center, when she kicked the back door window glass out of his patrol vehicle, according to a report from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.
        The female, Kristin N. Forbes, 26, had been arrested at the Smith Mountain Lake State Park by a Smith Mountain Lake State Park officer for public intoxication. The arresting officer requested a police vehicle with a cage to transport her.

  • Firefighters respond to two structure fires within six hours

    Bedford County authorities were kept busy with two residential structure fires in the western area of the county in less than six hours. The first, reported at about 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 9 in the 2300 block of Morgans Mill Road, was caused by the electric dryer and confined to that area of the house. It caused about $8,000 in damage. The family of four was displaced and is staying with relatives.

  • Sanctuary cities violate the law and endanger public safety 

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Immigrants who have come to America over the last two centuries refresh, enrich, and restore the promise of American liberty.  The ‎many immigrants who have traversed the path to becoming American citizens – oftentimes through much hardship – have made this country great.  Indeed, we are a nation of immigrants. 

     

  • House takes first step to end dangerous sanctuary city policies
  • 2016? Legislative elections come first

        Perhaps, in the “Summer of Donald Trump,” people can be forgiven if they think presidential politics is the only thing happening now. But they would be mistaken.
        This fall, Virginians will vote on all 140 seats in the General Assembly. The winners of the 40 seats in the Senate, and the 100 seats in the House, will make laws that affect us before the next president is sworn into office.

  • Not a hero?

        Donald Trump seems to have a penchant of putting his mouth in gear without engaging his brain. The most recent example occurred after Senator John McCain referred to Trump’s supporters as “crazies.” There has been some speculation that Senator McCain may have said this in an effort to bait Trump, knowing it would push him over the edge and get him to say something outrageous. However, Senator McCain, himself,  has a reputation for making intemperate remarks when he’s irritated.

  • Five years later: Dodd Frank continues to harm our communities

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Five years ago, the President signed the Dodd-Frank Act into law, touting that it would stabilize our economy and hold accountable those responsible for the financial crisis of 2008.  This law was sold to the American people as an end to “Too Big to Fail” and taxpayer-funded bailouts.  Indeed, Dodd-Frank made noble promises.

     

  • A good deal for Iran, a bad deal for America

    In 1994, President Bill Clinton announced a deal with North Korea aimed at curbing their nuclear ambitions. North Korea was to freeze and dismantle their nuclear program, but they were caught cheating and the deal fell apart leaving a nuclear-capable North Korea in its wake.

     

  • We do care!

    By Patrick Ellis
    Bedford

        I am rarely surprised when I disagree with John Barnhart’s weekly conservative commentary, but I am often amazed that a man so rooted in the community can be so oblivious to the pulse and workings of this town. 
        Last week’s column in which he blames the demise of downtown Bedford on big box stores and the apathy of local residents is a new level of cluelessness.

  • Donald Trump: The GOP’s shame

        What does it say about the Republican Party when Donald Trump can spew xenophobic, racist bile on immigration and rise to the top of their polls?
        Perhaps that question is better answered by asking some other questions. Does it show a party aware that it’s already unpopular with Hispanics, an important, growing demographic? No, it doesn’t.
        Does it reflect a party that has an intelligent and reasonable policy for dealing with illegal immigration? No, it doesn’t.