Today's News

  • $15 an hour minimum wage would have cost jobs

    By Senator Steve Newman,
    Senate of Virginia President pro tempore

    Legislators have submitted 1,995 bills for their colleagues to consider during this year’s General Assembly session.  That’s a lot of legislation to consider over the course of 46 days.
    Only a handful of the bills and resolutions considered by the General Assembly generate attention from the news media.  And, those issues that are the most contentious, highlighting the differences between the parties or regions garner more attention than any other.

  • Bills will promote workforce development

    By Kathy J. Byron
    22nd House District

        The third week of the 2019 General Assembly was filled with dozens committee and subcommittee meetings. We’ve entered into the part of session where bills are being processed at a rapid rate. Legislators are moving quickly between meetings, both to present bills they are sponsoring and to hear their colleagues present bills.

  • Legislation will improve school safety

    By Delegate Terry L. Austin
    19th House District

  • Nancy Pelosi rolls Trump; shutdown ends

        When voters put Democrats in control of the House of Representatives last fall, everyone knew it would lead to a day of reckoning for Donald Trump, our hopelessly corrupt and deeply incompetent president.
        As a petulant schoolyard-bully type, President Boy Child views everything as a fight. But this past week, he got rolled by a woman, and we know how particularly galling that must be to him.

  • Union stands for teachers’ interests

        Bedford County’s school board will soon be developing the school budget for the next school year. One of the things we can expect is that teachers’ union representatives will speak to the board to ask for teacher pay raises.

  • Protecting student journalism

        A legislative panel rejected a bill protecting student journalists from administrative censorship on a tie vote Monday. That was unfortunate.
        In a Capital News Service story by Saffeya Ahmed, House Bill 2382, sponsored by Del. Chris Hurst, D-Montgomery, would have protected free speech for student journalists in public elementary, middle and high schools, as well as public institutions of higher education.

  • Lynchburg man to serve 22 months in prison for 2018 incident

        A 51-year-old Lynchburg man entered Alford pleas to two felonies and a misdemeanor charge in connection with a Feb. 2018 incident.
        Mark Hanson Elliott entered the pleas Tuesday in Circuit Court. In an Alford plea a defendant does not admit guilt, but enters the plea in his best interest.
        Hanson entered the pleas to felony charges of unlawful wounding and threatening to burn and the misdemeanor charge of obstructing the use of a commercial device, preventing help.

  • Supervisors authorize ambulance purchase

    Last night, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously authorized the department of fire and rescue to buy a new ambulance.
        “This is from our revenue recovery program, so no local dollars are involved,” said Jack Jones, the county’s chief of fire and rescue.
        County rescue squads, and the county’s career staffed units, bill insurance companies for ambulance service. No bills are ever sent to individuals and people who do not have insurance that covers ambulance service.

  • Judge denies bond to Vinton man

        A Vinton man, charged with soliciting sex online with a minor, was denied bond in General District Court last Wednesday.

  • Maryland man enters plea in real estate case

        A Maryland man involved in a case involving a real estate transaction entered an Alford plea of guilty to felony money laundering Tuesday in Bedford Circuit Court.
        Eric Samba Awanga, 31, of Lanham, Maryland, was sentenced to five years in prison with all but six months of the sentence suspended, meaning that he expected to be freed from prison Tuesday or Wednesday because of time already served.