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Today's News

  • Governor’s budget unrelistic

    By Delegate Terry Austin

        It is with a combination of pride and humility that I joined my legislative colleagues for the opening of the General Assembly on January 13.  The pride comes from the distinct honor of representing the wonderful people of the 19th House District.  The humility comes from the daunting privilege of carrying on the tradition of representative government put into place nearly four centuries ago by the Virginia House of Burgesses – the predecessor to today’s General Assembly.

  • Certificate of need laws need reformed

        The first full week of the 2016 General Assembly session began with a holiday and ended with a snow day. Monday was Martin Luther King Day. The holiday is consistently one of the busiest of the session, bringing large groups to Richmond to meet legislators and promote their positions on issues.
        This week, the Senate approved House Bill 58, the emergency legislation I am

  • Bill would reverse attorney general action on concealed permit reciprocity

    By Senator Steve Newman

        The first full week of the 2016 General Assembly session featured committee hearings, the passage of an important piece of legislation related to healthcare premiums, and visitors galore.  Although the week was jam-packed and productive, one topic unrelated to the business of the General Assembly dominated the news and the casual conversations around Capitol Square: the weather.

  • Trump reads a lot of Scripture, huh?

        Conservative Republicans are pretty quiet people on Martin Luther King Day, aren’t they? My feeling is that they lay low and wait for it to be over.
        Just look at the actions (or the lack thereof) of the GOP presidential candidates this Jan. 18. Only Ben Carson attended any event or made any public appearance at a rally, speech or any activity that recognized the day. (And, well, he has to, doesn’t he, given that he’s African-American?)

  • Presidential contests full of surprises

        The presidential nominating process has been full of surprises this year and two of them have been especially interesting.
        One surprise is Donald Trump. Last summer, I was sure that Trump would gradually deflate as summer faded into autumn and Republicans started noticing that he is just an empty bag of wind. That didn’t happen and Trump continues to lead a still large pack of GOP hopefuls.
        How he will do in the Iowa caucuses and the Republican primaries that follow remains to be seen.

  • School costs

        It should come as little surprise that the Bedford County School Board has come back to the supervisors seeking more money for the new middle school construction project in the Liberty zone – especially if that project is to include a competition gym for Liberty High School.
        The school board had originally projected the project at about $53 million, but then inexplicably were told by consultants that the $38 million set as a limit by the supervisors last summer was “doable.”

  • County man allegedly shoots at officer

        A Bedford County man faces a number of charges following a pursuit in Bedford County last Tuesday, Jan. 19.
        An investigation conducted by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Field Office has resulted in George L. Chasson being charged with one felony count of attempted capital murder of a police officer and one felony count of shooting from an occupied vehicle.
        Chasson, 34, continues to be held without bond at the Bedford County Adult Detention Center.

  • Margaret’s Extra Points

    Sports Editor
    Sports@bedfordbulletin.com

        I can’ believe I am officially half the age of the Super Bowl. Super Bowl 50 has been a huge deal this year, it has been advertised all over television for the last month and it has also been in stores.
        There have been special adult beverages coated in a gold colors to commemorate the Super Bowl’s golden year. Special paper plates and cups and mugs are offered in black and gold for the biggest game of the year.

  • LHS and SR struggle having baskets fall

    Sports Editor
    Sports@bedfordbulletin.com

        After a big win against Jefferson Forest on Jan. 11, the Liberty boys have struggled to keep up the pace. The Minutemen fought against Rustburg but fell 52-41 on Tuesday, Jan 20.
        Liberty started off slow in the first falling behind by three points. The Red Devils led 12-9 at the beginning of the second period. The Minutemen outscored Rustburg in the second. Rustburg remained in the lead 21-19 at the half.

  • LHS and JF compete in tough track meet

    Sports Editor
    Sports@bedfordbulletin.com

        Liberty and Jefferson Forest competed in an indoor track meet at Liberty University on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The two Bedford schools competed against Brookville, Amherst, E.C. Glass, Liberty Christian and Virginia Episcopal.
        Liberty High came in third place with a combined score of 26 and Forest finished fourth with a combined score of 19.50.