Today's News

  • Moving forward together

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Resilience in the face of tragedy

  • Up and running

    The Virginia General Assembly is up and running for 2011, and we are gearing up for a “short” session that will deal with major issues.  General Assembly sessions held in odd-numbered years are called “short” because they have two fewer weeks than the 60-day sessions held in even-numbered years.  This year’s session is scheduled to end on February 26.

  • Arizona sheriff raised the right questions

        “Pretty soon we’re not going to be able to find reasonable, decent people willing to subject themselves to serve in public office.”

        Those were the words of Pima County, Arizona, Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, after the awful shooting in his state that killed six people and almost killed a Democratic Congresswoman.

  • Two special victories

        Once again, “Democrats” did not do well in an election.

  • Thumbs up, thumbs down

    Cutting costs

        If there’s anything good about the struggling economy over the past few years, it’s that government is learning to operate with fewer dollars. It’s no longer business as usual and those who spend taxpayers’ dollars are having to learn to do more with less. In many cases that has meant thinking outside of the box.

  • Mill Iron Grill

    For nearly two years Candice Cooper and her husband Steve Schroeder poured their hearts, soul and sweat into renovating a building to open their restaurant.

  • Guard infantry battalion recognized for service in Iraq

    By Cotton Puryear
    Virginia Department of Military Affairs

        Gov. Bob McDonnell presented the Virginia Governor’s National Service Medal to soldiers from the Lynchburg-based 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Brigade Combat Team during the unit’s Freedom Salute held Jan. 9 in Roanoke to honor their service in Iraq. The battalion returned in August 2010 after arriving in Iraq since early March.

  • Board considers having security at meetings

    With recent acts of violence toward public officials making national news, Bedford County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch asked members of the school board Thursday if they would like to start having security present at their meetings.

        “A lot of boards are doing this, just as a precautionary presence,” Dr. Schuch told the board. “I feel safe here and always have.”

  • Man pleads guilty to abduction

    A Bedford man pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in Bedford County Circuit Court, to two felony abduction charges.

        According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock, John Charles Lavra, 52, went to the home of a Bedford County woman on August 5 and prevented the woman and her daughter from leaving the premises for several hours.