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Today's News

  • Finally, an NRA on the defensive

    Anyone with a good sense of the political climate has to realize that, as amazing as it may be, the ground may be shaking under the historically powerful NRA (National Rifle Association).
        The gun lovers group has long been as good at propaganda as the late Nazi leader Joseph Goebbels; its power over Congress has been similar to that held by Hitler over the Germans, and based, of course, on the same thing: fear.

  • Time to start cutting

        We haven’t fallen off the fiscal cliff, yet. In a last minute deal Congress enacted a deal, and President Obama signed it, that reduced the tax hit that Americans would have suffered if all the Bush tax cuts had been allowed to expire. The deal let the cuts expire for those making $400,000 per year or more and all working people have seen smaller pay checks because a temporary cut in the payroll tax, that funds Social Security, expired.

  • Reacting vs. being reasonable

    While the Obama Administration has jumped on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut as an opportunity to attack gun ownership, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his School Safety Panel are promising to take a reasonable approach to looking at school safety.
        That’s a breath of fresh air.
        It seems anytime there’s a shooting, anymore, politics raises its ugly, reactionary head.

  • Judge denies bond in child sex case

        A Bedford man, facing charges of aggravated sexual batter and forcible sodomy of an 11-year-old girl, was denied bond during a hearing Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court.

  • It still floated

        Destroyer sailors don’t expect a smooth ride when they ship out aboard a tin can, the nickname these fast warships acquired.
        With hulls that are long in comparison to their beam, destroyers are built for speed. Photos, particularly of older destroyers, will often show one of these ships riding over the crest of a swell with its bow completely out of the water. Back in 1952, Bruce Clarke, who owns a farm in Chamblissburg, had a rougher ride than normal when his destroyer struck a mine.

  • Ware enters pleas to embezzlement charges

        Tony Ware, a former Bedford County District 5 Supervisor, pleaded no contest Tuesday  in Bedford County Circuit Court to seven embezzlement charges and seven money laundering charges.
         The charges stem from his handling of a fundraiser, his time as treasurer of the Big Island Volunteer Fire Department and his work as power of attorney for a county resident.

  • Taco Bell robber sentenced

        The Evington man convicted of robbing, at gunpoint, the Taco Bell in Forest, will spend six years in prison for his crimes.
        But it could have been longer.
        Elton Mays Short III, 23, was facing a nine-year mandatory sentence until his lawyer, Linda Willis, presented a recent case to Judge James Updike in which the Virginia Supreme Court ruled mandatory gun sentences could run concurrently, rather than consecutively.

  • Bedford County will keep 7 districts after reversion

        Bedford County will still have seven districts when redistricting to accommodate Bedford’s reversion to town status is complete.
        Late last year the supervisors voted to instruct the redistricting commission to present them with both a seven district map and an eight district map which makes the town its own district. A majority of the committee preferred the seven district version.

  • Bedford County man leads effort to remember those serving in military

        He’ll let you get away with forgetting plenty of things.
        -You can forget an appointment to meet with him.  No sweat!
        -You can forget to bring an umbrella on a rainy afternoon.  That’s OK.
        -You can forget what day of the week it is.  No worries!
        But, as far as Steve Bozeman is concerned, you’d best not forget about our military.  That’s the one thing he won’t forgive.

  • New redistricting plan addresses concerns

        A scaled down elementary school redistricting proposal would affect only about 1 percent of students attending Bedford County Public Schools, all in the Forest Zone, and would exclude moving any students to Big Island Elementary.