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  • Montvale Rescue Squad: Serving since 1970

    By Marci L. Stone, MBA, EFO
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue

        The Montvale Rescue Squad first due response area covers approximately 150 square miles immediately surrounding the Montvale area, stretching to the Botetourt County line. 

  • Pope Francis: ‘Not a right-winger’

    When Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was chosen as the new Pope of the Catholic Church in March, many Catholics had great hopes that he would usher in some much-needed fresh air in church practices and attitudes.
        Now, barely six months into his papacy, it’s absolutely clear that this new Pope is doing exactly that, to the cheers of millions around the world.

  • El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Barack de la Obama

        In his famous novel, El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha, Miguel de Cervantes wrote about a Spanish gentleman who had such an excessive devotion to novels about chivalry that it came to affect his mind.
        Concerning this man, Cervantes wrote, “ And thus, with much reading and little sleep, he dried out his brain in such a manner that he came to lose his judgement.”

  • Recent developments: Syria

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    The current situation in Syria is on the forefront of Americans’ thoughts, and for good reason. We are all deeply saddened by the recent use of chemical weapons, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families of those who have suffered under President Bashar al-Assad.

  • Taking your concerns back to Washington

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Over the course of the past month, I traveled across the Fifth District, talking with my constituents about what matters most to them.  I am always grateful for the opportunity to spend time in Central and Southside Virginia, and I was able to have many in-depth conversations with Fifth District Virginians about how the policies coming out of Washington are affecting their families, jobs, and businesses.

  • The situation in Syria

    Recent developments in Syria have brought the Middle Eastern country to the center of debate in Congress and to the forefront of Americans’ minds.  What started a few years ago as peaceful protests against the Syrian government has spiraled into an intense civil war.  Since then, the violence has escalated between the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and rebel forces as death tolls continue to rise and Syrians flee the country en masse.

     

  • Emergency Preparedness Month

    By Marci L. Stone, MBA, EFO
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue

        September is Emergency Preparedness Month and Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue wants to help you take action to get prepared for the first seventy-two hours after an event. 
        For the next three weeks we will be offering tips to help you get better prepared for disasters and emergencies. 

  • Contrite 'Cooch' returns the money, sort of

    There are new developments in the improbable tale of right-wing extremist Ken Cuccinelli’s attempt to become governor of Virginia.
        As you remember, Cuccinelli had a part, too, in the saga that has enveloped Governor Bob McDonnell, once thought to be a squeaky clean “Christian conservative.”

  • Vladimir Putin to the rescue?

        President Barack Obama painted himself into a corner with his ill advised red line on chemical weapons and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad called his bluff by using nerve gas on Syrian civilians. His credibility—what’s left of it—on the line President Obama had to do something.

  • The resiliency of America: Reflecting on 9/11 and the Benghazi attack

    Twelve years ago, many of us anxiously crowded around televisions, witnessing the aftermath of the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil in our nation’s history. This week, as we mark the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorists attacks, Americans will remember the thousands of innocent lives lost that day at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in a field in western Pennsylvania.