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Today's News

  • Council sets new power cost adjustment

        Bedford Town Council adopted a new power cost adjustment (PCA) that will be used for calculating town electric bills starting Feb. 1.

  • Bedford remembers Martin Luther King Jr.

    By Brandi Mitchell
    Intern

        Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 2017.    
        A group of NAACP members and others from Bedford, gathered and marched from the Bedford County Courthouse to Washington Street Baptist Church Monday as part of the annual remembrance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. The procession was led by a group from Bedford County Public School’s ROTC.

  • Charges dismissed against Lloyd Welch’s relative

        Amy Ann Johnson, also known as Amy Ann Welch, won’t face any further prosecution over a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice stemming from her testimony to a grand jury looking into the murder of Sheila and Katherine Lyon.
        The two children were abducted from a shopping mall in Maryland in 1975 and allegedly were killed and brought to the county to have their bodies disposed of.

  • US 460 crash claims life of Brookneal woman

     

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    Virginia State Police Senior Trooper G. D. Musgove is investigating a fatal crash that occurred at 8:33 a.m., February 2, 2017 on US 460, just east of Owens Market in Bedford County.

  • BMH sponsors Women’s Heart Health Lunch

        On Friday, the Bedford Columns dining room was filled with red-clad people.
        Bedford Memorial Hospital sponsored a Heart Healthy Lunch at the the Columns. People were encouraged to wear red and  Bedford Memorial CEO Patti Jurkus commented that this year marks 14 years since the first National Wear Red Day was held to promote heart disease awareness.
        The gathering was overwhelmingly female and Jurkus said heart disease is the number one killer of women.

  • Rolling back red tape

    Most people wouldn’t read the Federal Register on a daily basis – it’s not exactly light reading. But each business day, the Federal Register, kind of like a daily newspaper for the bureaucracy, is published with new federal agency regulations, executive orders, and proclamations. The 2016 edition of the Federal Register clocked in at 97,110 new pages for the year, longer by 16,000 pages than 2008’s edition of 80,700 pages.

  • Bill will create parental choice education accounts

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        Last week marked the halfway point of this year’s General Assembly session.   It was a time of intense activity and reassuring collaboration, as delegates and senators of both parties worked together to fashion final legislative positions. 

  • Proposed bonuses replaced by salary increases

    By Senator Steve Newman

        As you have heard me express before, I am very proud to be a part of the Senate of Virginia.  But I am particularly proud this session for the way the Senate addressed compensation for State employees who have been overlooked for too long.

  • Municipal broadband bill ensures transparenc

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        This week at the Capitol, the House and Senate approved their respective packages of amendments to Virginia’s 2016-2018 Bien-nial Budget. The challenge to amending the budget this year is the presence of $1.2 billion shortfall in anticipated revenues.  So, some areas of spending must be cut, while still providing for core services and addressing critical needs.

  • Betsy DeVos, enemy of public schools

        The absurdities of the Trump regime occur on such a near-daily basis that it makes it difficult for a weekly columnist to reflect upon them all in a timely way.
        Since his lightly-attended inauguration and his brief, angry inaugural address, Trump’s rule has been marked by the details of his personality and his temperament: Chaos, controversy, and “alternative facts.”