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Today's News

  • Budget places emphasis on actual needs

    By Senator Steve Newman

        The 2017 General Assembly Session concluded on time and in an atmosphere of optimism.   Cooler heads prevailed during what could have become a very contentious session. The days were long with little time for anything but attending session on the floor of the Senate, committee meetings and budget conferee negotiations.

  • Bill lays groundwork for COPN reform

        Six and a half weeks can fly by pretty quickly, especially when you’re spending your days and evenings reviewing and considering nearly 3,000 bills and resolutions.
        The 2017 General Assembly session ended on Saturday.  Legislators ultimately approved around 45% of the bills filed by delegates and senators.  I am especially pleased to note that my success rate this session was well above that average.

  • What a sad and spectacular failure

        One month in, and it’s clear that we have a reckless, angry, petulant, narcissistic, ignorant, Twitter freak of a president.
        He has managed to achieve the lowest approval rating in history for the first month of a new presidency: a pathetic 38 percent. A full 56 percent disapprove.

  • A CIA political assassination?

        The leaks of intercepted phone calls between former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Russia’s ambassador to the United States have heightened my concern about my country’s future.

  • GENTS to mentor 8th graders

        A group of GENTS (Gentlemen Empowered Now Taking a Stand) met with eighth grade male students from Bedford Middle School last week to invite them to be part of an after-school program in which the high schoolers will help prepare them for moving up to high school next year.

  • Grace House closes

    Grace House, a homeless shelter located in Bedford, closed late last month.

        According to Caleb Hunter, who identified himself as “VP and CEO” of Grace House, it was a financial problem that forced it to close.
        “We don’t receive any grants,” Hunter said. “We have had no corporate sponsors.”
        He added that Grace House doesn’t receive any government money and is not getting routine support from any churches.

  • Top principal

    Dr. Kathleen Dills loves her job.

        Every day she generates enthusiasm and optimism as principal at Liberty High School.
        On Friday she was recognized for her work at the school, being named the Virginia Student Councils Association administrator of the year.
        “It’s very humbling,” Dr. Dills said of the honor. “I don’t need to be recognized for this job because I love it very much.”

  • General Assembly Building to be replaced

    By Senator Steve Newman

        Things have been exceptionally busy this year in the General Assembly session. as the record number of visitors to the Capitol continued this year. I am encouraged to see so many folks showing an interest in the legislative process because it reinforces the fact that we truly represent you.

  • Last week was a productive week

    Calvin Coolidge once observed, “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.” That quote from the 30th President came to mind this week, as House Bill 2108 won approval by the Senate by a vote of 35 to 3.

  • Bedford County schools will benefit from enrollment loss supplement

    By Delegate Scott Garrett

        I hope you and your family had a wonderful Valentine’s Day this week! Here in Richmond, we are finishing our work. This week is the final week of the 2017 General Assembly Session. But, much work is still yet to be done! While I look forward to being back home with my family soon, I am still very much at work for you and your family over the next week.

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