Today's News

  • Immigration reform is about getting it right

    Right now Congress is engaged in a serious debate on immigration reform. In the House of Representatives, we are taking a step-by-step approach to methodically review each component of immigration reform in detail. While the Senate has produced their own bill, I believe it is fundamentally flawed and unworkable because it repeats the mistakes of the past and does not guarantee the enforcement of our immigration laws.


  • Veterans aid and attendance benefits

    By Bob Kibler

        Veterans and survivors who are eligible for a VA pension and require the aid and attendance of another person, or are housebound, may be eligible for additional monetary payment. These benefits are paid in addition to monthly pension, and they are not paid without eligibility to Pension.

  • Oh, how the meaning has changed!

        “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”
        When in Washington, D.C. recently, I saw those words on a statue which stands outside of the National Archives.
        My wife, upon reading the phrase, commented, “Boy, has the meaning of THAT changed.”
        Indeed it has.
        There exists some confusion regarding who it was who made that quote in the first place.  Some say it was Thomas Jefferson.  Others insist it was Wendell Phillips.

  • Some GOP donors reject Cuccinelli

    Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s problematic campaign for governor is running into some opposition even within his own party, as he attempts to parlay his extremist record into the Governor’s Mansion.
        Virginia Republicans, like many state parties around the nation, have succumbed to the passions of the far-right “tea party” types, and they are the ones who engineered Cuccinelli’s nomination at a sparsely-attended convention.

  • Truth doesn't change over time

        It was interesting to read, in last week’s Liberal Agenda, that Rick Howell is thinking of ordaining me. He wrote that perhaps he should consider calling me “Pastor” Barnhart. I’m Anglican, so I would be Father Barnhart. However, Mr. Howell isn’t in a position to ordain anyone and I’m not a candidate for the priesthood.

  • BCSO seeks help in investigation

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating several larceny from vehicles complaints that occurred in the Forest area between July 17 and July 19. Some of the items reported missing are wallets containing credit cards, a firearm and golf clubs.
        Investigators are attempting to identify a person of interest in the crimes.
        Anyone with information on this person is asked to contact Investigator Steve Smith at 540-586-7827 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.

  • Bedford woman charged with attempted murder

        Monday, around 9 p.m., a Bedford woman was arrested and charged with attempted first degree murder.
        Bedford Police arrested  Evelina Simmons Nellum, 56, in the 500 block of Plunkett Street for the attempted murder of her husband, Terry Nellum, 46, also of Bedford. The arrest occurred following a domestic dispute at a garage, according to a report from the Bedford Police Department.

  • Learning the Arts

    A number of area youth spent the past week learning the arts at Bower Center’s Youth Art Camp.

  • Agriculture secretary visits Bedford

    “We are having a lot of changes in our industry,” said Delegate Scott Garrett, before introducing Todd Haymore, Virginia’s secretary of agriculture and forestry, at a breakfast in Bedford last week.

        Agriculture and forestry is the industry Garrett was talking about. He said it’s the largest industry in Virginia — an $80 billion-a-year industry that accounts for 10 percent of all jobs in the Commonwealth.

  • Forest Fire Department receives Fireman’s Fund grant

    any, enabled the Forest Volunteer Fire Department to buy some new pieces of equipment.