Today's News

  • Budget, transportation issues being negotiated

    By Sen. Steve Newman
    23rd District

        With only days remaining until the 2013 session is scheduled to adjourn, the Virginia General Assembly is negotiating the highest profile measures under consideration: the budget and transportation.  As session is winding down, work on all legislation must be done by this Saturday, Feb. 23.

  • General Assembly full of activity as session end draws near

    By Del. Kathy Byron
    22nd House District

        With just one week remaining before the General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn, there has been a lot of activity in Richmond. 

  • Commentary: Still concerns with Zoning Ordinance proposal

    By Lynn C. Barnes
    Former District 2 Planning Commission member

        While the Board of Supervisors has substantially modified its original Zoning Ordinance proposal, some remaining items are of concern and I request that they seriously consider rejecting the following:

  • A long-term gun control strategy

    The gun control debate, renewed in December and January after the brutal child massacres in Newtown, Connecticut, has calmed down a bit, despite having been featured in President Obama’s State of the Union Address.
        This is certainly not a surprise. We live in an age when the 24-hour news cycle constantly turns over new and newer topics. Thus, even the horror of the murder of little children who ought to be safe at school, has faded a bit since it happened.

  • We’re unhappy with both

        Rick Howell’s “Liberal Agenda” last week reminds me of how he and his fellow Bolsheviks crowed when Barack Obama was first elected president in 2008.

  • Truth be told: It’s already unraveling

    he news should come as no surprise to anyone: The government program to cover those who cannot get health insurance because of a preexisting medical condition is out of money. After just two years.
        And for anyone who isn’t already signed up in the plan, it’s too late.
        Those who trusted the government to get this right were living a fantasy. The truth about government run entitlement programs is this: It will always cost more money than is advertised and it will be run with great ineffectiveness.

  • BCSO arrests 5th suspect in burglary case

        Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators have charged another person in connection with a series of five burglaries in Bedford County. The burglaries occurred between December 24, 2012, and January 4, 2013.

        Tanisha Ping Linette Nelson, 20, of Roanoke, was arrested early Tuesday morning and is being held on a $25,000 bond in the Bedford Adult Detention Center. Nelson was charged with five counts of grand larceny and two counts of larceny of a firearm.

  • Local store owner faces embezzlement charges

        A local pizza store owner has been charged with four counts of felony embezzlement for allegedly failing to pay taxes, according to Bedford Police Chief Jim Day.
        Gianfranco Greco, 38, the owner of Frank’s Place on E. Main Street, is charged with failing to pay taxes on four different occasions, Day said. He said the city treasurer attempted to work with Greco on getting the taxes paid, but when those efforts failed the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office suggested going ahead with filing the charges.

  • Assistance dog 'Bedford' graduates

        Bedford, a black Labrador Retriever puppy selected for training in 2010 by the NEADS organization and sponsored by the GFWC Bedford Woman’s Club, has graduated after two years.

  • Gunnoe approved for water authority

        The new Bedford Regional Water Authority now has a full board of directors. The Water Authority is part of the City of Bedford's reversion agreement with the county. Under the aggreement the city and county each appointed three members to the Authority's first board of directors. These members then chose the seventh member, whose appointment had to be confirmed by both the board of supervisors and city council.