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Today's News

  • BPD lieutenant resigns after being named in ICAC investigation

    A recently promoted member of the Bedford Police Department has resigned after being named in an ongoing investigation of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children's Task Force.

    Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman confirmed Monday that Lt. Brian McAlexander had resigned. The 25-year veteran of the department had been promoted to lieutenant back in December. He first joined the department in 1989.

  • The American people deserve a voice in the Iran nuclear negotiations

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    The prospect of Iran attaining the capability to produce a nuclear weapon is one of the most grave threats we face as a nation, and it must be our policy to do everything within our power to prevent this from happening.  The terms of Iran’s preliminary nuclear understanding with the United States, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom is a cause for concern due to Iran’s longstanding commitment to see the demise of the United States and Israel, our greatest ally in the Middle East. 

  • Restoring trust in federal law enforcement agencies

    Every day, thousands of federal law enforcement agents are hard at work, doing their part to keep Americans safe and delivering them the justice they deserve. I have the utmost respect and appreciation for the dedicated law enforcement professionals who protect and serve our communities. 

     

  • Someone else needs a history lesson

        I have a challenge for the editor: Tell columnist John Barnhart that he has to go a full month – four consecutive columns – without attempting to leech off something I’ve written the previous week.
        Well, I’d probably better withdraw that request, because the editor and I both know Barnhart couldn’t do it. He has a longtime obsession with the contents of my humble “Liberal Agenda.”

  • Inexcusable sloppiness

        Early last month, relying on the accuracy of statistics provided by the teachers’ union, I offered the opinion that these statistics may indicate that Bedford County Public Schools is losing teachers. The statistics offered showed something odd, indicating that Bedford County was dead last in average teacher pay, but not at the bottom of any category in the presentation.

  • Playing Eagle ball

        It’s been a while since Staunton River was a spring sports powerhouse.
        But, lo and behold, it seems fair to apply that moniker to the Golden Eagles this primavera.
        For starters, the baseball and softball teams share a combined record of 14-1.  That’s 14 wins and one loss!

  • Sports commentary: Sweet and sour

        First, a gripe.  Then, we can discuss less dreary topics.
        Bedford County high schools will conduct their graduation ceremonies on May 23.  That’s less than six weeks away.
        State high school spring sports championships will wrap up on June 13.
        I believe something is backwards here. 

  • Bounce back

        Call them resilient.
        Liberty’s baseball and softball teams showed that they don’t quit, even when things are not going their way.
        That was on display last week, when both teams began on a low note but brought it home in fine fashion by week’s end.

  • Fifth District Virginians deserve better from the IRS 

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • The Congressional mail bag: What you’re saying

    Each month, my office receives thousands of phone calls, letters, e-mails, and even Facebook messages from folks across the Sixth District. Many have questions about current issues before Congress. Here are a few of the inquiries I have received in recent weeks: