Today's News

  • Governor McDonnell Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Hurricane Irene


  • Classes Cancelled at LHS Thursday; back in session on Friday

    Update (3:50 p.m. Thursday): Classes to Resume Friday at Liberty High School Following Main Break

    Water service has been restored and classes at Liberty High School will resume on Friday, August 26, 2011, after a water main break in the City of Bedford forced the school to close this morning.


    (Prior Story, Thursday, 10:15 a.m.)

  • Washington has a spending problem, not a ‘we don’t tax people enough’ problem

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Every day our office receives hundreds of phone calls, e-mails, faxes, and letters from people across the 5th District regarding the pressing issues that affect Central and Southside Virginians and all Americans.


  • Reducing unnecessary regulations to create long term economic growth

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Making over 30 stops across the 5th District along Route 29 this past week I talked to and met with many Central and Southside Virginians about the pressing issues currently facing our nation.

  • Protecting consumers from identity theft

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. Identity thieves use identifying information such as a consumer’s Social Security number, credit card numbers, or other financial account information in order to conduct such fraud as opening up new credit cards and gaining access to bank accounts. The ramifications from such crimes can be financially disastrous for citizens and can be extremely difficult to resolve.

  • Please, no more new Texans

        In 2000, I had a bumper sticker that said, “No New Texans,” a clear and simple repudiation of the presidential candidacy of George W. Bush.

    It was also a sneer at the broken “No new taxes” pledge that Bush’s father had reneged on in the light of fiscal and economic reality. That compromise almost seems quaint now, doesn’t it? Given that most conservative Republicans would rather stomp their grandmothers than raise taxes.

  • The European road to perdition

        The pictures from London and several other British cities this month, with buildings ablaze, made me think of the World War II Blitz. Of course, the extent of the damage was nowhere near as great and, in this case the British were doing it to themselves. Gangs of teens and young adults roamed through certain neighborhoods setting fires, attacking people and pillaging shops.

        This was not a race riot. The mobs were racially mixed.

  • Back to school

    It's that time of year again. Big yellow buses are out and about on our highways. Children stand in groups in neighborhoods and road sides waiting to be picked up.

  • Young Farmers to emphasize farm, family safety

    The Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers plan to hold a farm and family safety day at the Sedalia Country Fair next month. According to W. P. Johnson, who heads up the local Young Farmers’ group, they plan to have a number of agriculture related vendors there who will show equipment and do safety demonstrations.    

  • Deaths of dogs called ‘mysterious’

    Animal control officers with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the “mysterious” deaths of at least eight dogs in the Forest area.

        The deaths have occurred in the areas around Thomas Jefferson Road and Maple Street. A number of dogs have been found dead at their homes and others occurred after sick dogs had been taken to local veterinarians.
        According to Sheriff Mike Brown the deaths occurred during the past two weeks.