Today's News

  • Work on legislation continues

        This week at the Capitol, the deadline for filing bills passed, the General Assembly continued its work on a wide range of legislation, and the weather ranged from frigid to wet to frigid again.  It’s another week in Richmond, as we near the halfway mark of the 46-day session.

  • Toddler falls into pond

    At 3:27 p.m. on Tuesday, Bedford County 911dispatchers received a call from a caller on Bell Town Road who reported that they had found a 2-year-old toddler in a back yard pond and he was not breathing.  
        When the first deputy arrived on the scene at 3:32 p.m., the mother was holding the unresponsive child, according to a release from the Bedford County Sheriff's Office. The deputy took the child from the mother and as he was carrying the child to the ambulance, the deputy began to attempt resuscitation. 

  • Brace yourself; George Allen is back

        I’d been hearing these reports that former U.S. Senator George Allen was considering seeking his old job again. But surely, I thought, he’s found something else to do with himself, and knows that people haven’t forgotten that infamous word he uttered in 2006.

        It looks like I was wrong on both counts. Grab your seat belt; Allen is back. He announced last week, over the Internet, that he will again be a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2012.

  • Keeping their promises

        My compliments to House Republicans. They kept their campaign promise to pass a bill repealing ObamaCare. A few Democrats even joined them.

  • Keeping their promises

        My compliments to House Republicans. They kept their campaign promise to pass a bill repealing ObamaCare. A few Democrats even joined them.

  • Null and void

    It was really no surprise.

        For the second time in two months, a federal judge has ruled that Congress overstepped the bounds of the Constitution by requiring Americans to purchase health care insurance. The result of the most recent ruling: all of the law “must be declared void.”
        The one question that remains is whether Congress and the Obama Administration will now see the error of their ways and scrap the plan in order to start over — and get it right.

  • Outpatient surgery wins patient satisfaction award

        Bedford Memorial Hospital’s surgery department ranked in the top 2 percent of hospitals for patient satisfaction in a national survey in December.

  • When man was beaten and eventually died, his dogs needed a new home

        When 77-year-old William Herchenrider was attacked at his Goode home last May, his six dogs were left without someone to care for them. When he died a couple of months later, those dogs needed new homes.

        Initially four of Herchenrider’s pets were taken to Bedford Animal Hospital to be boarded. Eventually that expense became overwhelming for the family to handle.
         Ultimately an employee at the animal hospital, Michelle Wilkerson-Bowyer, took the dogs home.

  • Farmers: EPA rules to help Chesapeake Bay could cause problems

    Local farmers are concerned about EPA rules intended to help Chesapeake Bay.

  • County may not increase school funding

    With Bedford County Public Schools looking at as much as a $5.8 million decrease in state and federal funding next year, school officials have been stating they plan to ask the Bedford County Board of Supervisors for additional funds to help make up the difference.

        “We’re going to need our county to step up with local funding,” Dr. Douglas Schuch, Bedford County’s superintendent of schools, said during a school board meeting last month.