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Today's News

  • Local first responders are a community’s greatest asset

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Iran’s bad behavior stuck on repeat

    Did you ever have any old records or CDs that just got stuck after a while? When it comes to the United States’ dealings with Iran, it seems like the record is stuck on repeat. Hardly a week goes by without another news story about Iran’s questionable actions on the global stage. The Iran Nuclear Agreement was a bad deal from the start, and one that I firmly opposed. Now, several months into its implementation, it’s easier than ever to see the flaws in this half-baked policy.

  • Time to get serious about reviving downtown

    By Clay Chastain
    Bedford

        Is Bedford ever going to get serious about a comprehensive and sustained revival of downtown?  And, couldn’t Bedford use a few more jobs and a bit more prosperity courtesy of a bustling downtown?

  • No one thought it could happen

        With Donald Trump’s victory in the Indiana primary, and the subsequent exit of his last two rivals from the campaign, there are no remaining obstacles to a reality that ought to give Republicans nightmares.
        Trump – with no political experience, no real presidential qualifications, and no lack of contempt toward Muslims, women, and anyone who dares to disagree with him – will be the nominee of the once great Republican Party.

  • Trump is like Obama in some ways

        Now Donald Trump is the only Republican candidate left standing. Both Ted Cruz and John Kasich have thrown in the towel.

  • Board adopts revised school budget

        School budget issues were a major feature of Monday night’s board of supervisors meeting.

        School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler came before the supervisors to ask for $2 million in one time funding. His request covered eight items.
        Hostutler asked for money to fund a new central office phone system at a cost of $17,000.  He also asked for $50,000 for school security. He said this would finish the job of providing a controlled entrance at all schools, requiring visitors to be buzzed in.

  • Store rewards good behavior

        Forest Middle School (FMS) has taken a unique approach to behavior. It’s a store where students can buy items they want, but instead of money, the currency the store accepts consists of points earned by good behavior.

        “Instead of the school trying to catch you doing wrong, we are going to catch you doing right, and reward you,” said Paul Nazigian, the school’s assistant principal.

  • Long honored with state award

        Senior Virginia State Trooper Brandon Long has received the Outstanding Safety Achievement Award.

        Long received the award in Richmond last week. According to First Sergeant Michael Bailey, this award recognizes state troopers for outstanding efforts to promote public safety. It identifies troopers who excel in this effort.

  • Boot Camp aims to help small businesses

        Union Bank and Trust representatives showed up at last week’s Business Boot Camp to present a check for $1,000 to help support the program. One of their own, Tammy Brown was teaching last week’s installment.

        Brown, who serves as Union’s business banking’s relationship manager and works out of the bank’s Forest office has taught several of these seminars. She said the goal is to provide small business owners with basic information.

  • School board makes cuts to budget

        The Bedford County School Board met Thursday night faced with the task of cutting $2 million from the budget it presented to the board of supervisors in late March.
        Dr. Douglas Schuch presented the board with recommended cuts. One of these cuts was the $250,000 the school board had placed in the project maintenance fund. Board Chairman Gary Hostutler sought to find cuts elsewhere to restore some of this money.
        “We need to have some project maintenance money,” he said.