• Supports transportation accountability bills

    By Delegate Terry Austin
    19th District

        Last week, the General Assembly was in full swing as we approached the midway point of the 2015 session.  Both the House and Senate must complete their work on legislation before “crossover” on February 10.  After that, we will begin work on legislation sent over from the other Chamber.

  • Budget includes funding Bedford reversion money

    By Sen. Steve Newman
    23rd District

        This weekend the Senate Finance Committee released their new state budget.  The measure was presented to the sub-committee chairmen and approved by the full Senate Finance Committee on which I am honored to serve. It represents the Commonwealth’s budget for the next two years. 

  • Addressing workforce development

        With more than half of this year’s General Assembly session behind us and with the legislative halfway mark, crossover, looming, this week in Richmond was filled with action on bills and resolutions.

  • Bedford—The best little town in America

    By Bill and Ethan Vickery

        “What Do I Think?” the writer asked last week regarding our, “Quaint little town of Bedford”. She implied the town needed more entertainment. We’ve lived here 10 years so we can at least partly answer her question.

  • Prayer breakfast remarks rile extremists

        For most people, President Obama’s speech at the National Prayer Breakfast was a historically accurate attempt to make a simple, basic point: Any religion can be twisted and distorted to justify evil.
        “Any religion,” of course, is a phrase that must necessarily include Christianity. Sadly, there are certain self-styled Christians who – in the popular phrase from film - “can’t handle the truth.”

  • Obama just makes matters worse

        It seems Greece has managed to elect a leader who is even more prone than President Barack Obama to let his mouth write checks his backside can’t cash.

  • Farmers Market takes a step forward

        The community is taking a fruitful step forward as it implements changes to the Bedford Farmers Market.
        The changes should yield a good harvest for both area farmers and their customers.
        The proposed changes are the result of community meetings and a management team overseeing the transition of the market.

  • Ensuring working families can save for college

    By Congressman Robert Hurt


  • Combating human trafficking

    Many Americans don’t think of human trafficking as a problem in our country. The sale of children for sex sounds like something that could only happen in faraway places, but tragically it is happening right here in the United States every single day. Virginia is no exception. According to the FBI, sex trafficking is the fastest-growing business of organized crime and the third-largest criminal enterprise in the world. Sadly, this immoral and criminal industry is also a profitable one. It’s estimated that child sex trafficking in the United States alone is a $9.8 billion industry.

  • Commentary: A tale of 2 towns

    By Patrick Ellis
    Goose Creek Studio

        “There are no distressed buildings downtown.” 
        This was Councilman Steve Rush’s response to a question put to candidates for town council concerning what the town was doing to address the large number of distressed buildings downtown.  I get it.