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Today's News

  • Republicans have agreed on $1 billion tax relief package

    By Delegate Terry L. Austin
    19th House District

  • Disgust with politics is widespread

        As a lifelong political animal, I can’t say I’ve ever seen a situation like the current one we have in Virginia. All three top state government officials are mired in scandal amid numerous calls for their resignations.
        Given that my deadline here is several days before your newspaper is published, it’s not possible to say for sure who is still in office as you read this.

  • Private sector, not public, unions

        I’ve always thought it is wise that Virginia does not allow collective bargaining by public sector unions. Collective bargaining by public sector unions allows a small group of citizens to hold the rest of the public hostage by going out strike, or threatening a strike, if the government doesn’t give them what they want. This is unfair as all taxpaying citizens must pay for whatever the government gives the union members.

  • Leaving a stain

        Governor Ralph Northam’s job might have been saved.
        And it’s not because of any apology or commitment to championing racial equality over the rest of his term. No, it’s simple politics.
        When news broke of Northam’s blackface past, cries went out from both Democrats and Republicans for him to resign. Few believed he could weather the storm he was facing. Democrat potential presidential candidates called for him to leave office; so did former Virginia governors and other national figures.

  • Broadband Authority approves contract

        Bedford County’s Broadband Authority, last week, approved a contract to build the infrastructure to bring broadband Internet service to areas of the county that don’t currently have it.
        “We signed a contract with Blue Ridge Towers to construct the towers,” said Broadband Authority Chairman Tommy Scott. The board of supervisors also serve as the Broadband Authority so Scott, and chairman of the board of supervisors, serves ex-officio as the Authority’s chairman.

  • Johnson throws his hat in the ring

    Now that Bill Thomasson has announced that he will not run for reelection this fall, Mickey Johnson has tossed his trademark hat in the ring for the District 1 Supervisor seat.

        Johnson is in his fifth year on the Bedford County Economic Development Authority (EDA) and is currently the Authority’s chairman. He also serves on the county’s parks and recreation advisory board.

  • Creasey seeks reelection

        “That has been a fast four years,” commented Commissioner of the Revenue Julie Creasey.

        Creasey was first elected to the constitutional officer post in 2015 and is seeking reelection this year. She plans to run as a Republican. Republicans will hold a primary on June 11 and Creasey said she has not heard of anyone else seeking the Republican nomination for that office.
        “I work for the taxpayers,” Creasey commented.

  • Nance to seek reelection

        Wes Nance told the Bedford Republican committee last week that he had unfinished business to complete. That’s one reason he has decided to run for reelection as commonwealth’s attorney.

        Nance, 47, was appointed as interim commonwealth’s attorney after Randy Krantz stepped down from the position after receiving an appointment to become a general district court judge. Nance then ran unopposed in a special election to fill the rest of that vacant term.

  • Student arrested for taking loaded gun to school

        A 12-year-old student at Forest Middle School has been arrested for taking a loaded handgun to school.
        Last Wednesday morning, Feb. 6, a Bedford County Sheriff’s School Resource Officer received a complaint from an assistant principal at Forest Middle School.
        The principal advised the SRO that he had received information from a fellow student of a possible gun being on school property. After receiving the information, the principal reported that he checked a locker and found a small caliber hand gun.

  • ‘We are JF. We must unite.’

    By Megan Tomoney
    Intern Writer

      Right now, our country is experiencing a greater divide in opinion, stronger than I have ever seen in the 17 years I’ve been alive.