Today's News

  • Special session tackles budget standoff

        The General Assembly adjourned the 2012 regular session Saturday night, and immediately called itself into special session.  The reason for the special session is the continued budget standoff.  But based on the events of the final week of the regular session, a resolution to the impasse may be coming sooner rather than later.

  • The ugly faces of the modern GOP

    “Super Tuesday” might not have been so super for Republicans in Virginia, where a low turnout still produced a 60-40 victory for Mitt Romney.
        Virginia Republicans who bothered to vote were forced to choose between only Romney and Ron Paul. Santorum and Gingrich had earlier proved too incompetent to get on the ballot.

  • Why we need a Republican Senate

        Late last week Congressman Robert Hurt sent out a news release on the JOBS Act, which passed the House of Representatives on a 390-23 vote. Congressman Hurt was one of those voting in favor of it. JOBS, in this case, is an acronym that stands for Jumpstart Our Business Startups. The act is actually a collection of six separate bills. An editorial that appeared in the March 8 edition of the Wall Street Journal the same day that we got the news release, while praising the JOBS Act, also calls the collection of bills “housekeeping.”

  • Trial set for man accused of attacking Bob Terry last Oct.

        The man accused of attacking and robbing Moneta store owner Bob Terry last October was indicted on four felonies last week by a Bedford County Circuit Court grand jury.
        Jason Andrew Shell, 38 of Roanoke, was indicted for aggravated malicious wounding, robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.
        During a preliminary hearing in January, two witnesses testified that Shell threatened to kill them if they told who had committed the crime.

  • Two arrested on prostitution charges

        Two Roanoke residents have been arrested on prostitution-related charges that allegedly occurred in Bedford County.

        On Friday, January 27, Bedford Co. Sheriff’s Office vice investigators arrested the two individuals at a Bedford motel. The arrests were the results of a joint investigation with the Roanoke Police Department and the Bedford Co. Sheriff’s Office.

  • Summit helps students learn to help themselves

    Some 100 middle school and high school students, along with their parents, gathered in Charlottesville in November for the fifth annual “I’m Determined” Youth and Parent Summit.

        The summit is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and the Partnership for People with Disabilities. The three day conference included topics such as transitioning from high school to college and tips on finding a job. The goal was to encouraging the teens to focus on their strengths, rather than their weaknesses.

  • Lack of state numbers hinders work on school budget

        The school budget will take center stage Thursday for the Bedford County School Board, but there may end up being more questions than answers as Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch makes his formal presentation to the board.

  • Budget legal notice for tax rates approved by supervisors

        Bedford County’s budget adoption process is still on schedule.
        Monday night, the supervisors voted to approve the legal notices for the budget and tax rates and a public hearing on April 9. The hearing will be held at the Bedford Science and Technology Center on Edmond Street in Bedford at 7 p.m.
        The advertised tax rates will be the same as the current rates. This means that, while the supervisors could still lower the rates, they will no longer be able to raise them above what they have advertised.

  • Reversion agreement goes to Commission on Local Government

        Six months after officially adopting a resolution to revert the city of Bedford to a town—and some four years after discussion about reversion began—the actual document for the process to be reviewed has been filed with the Virginia Commission on Local Government.
        The document was filed Tuesday and the Commission is expected to meet Monday to establish a timeline for review of the agreement, along with setting the times for presentations and public hearings on it. The Commission will also tour the area as part of its review.

  • EPA rules worry area farmers, municipalities

    EPA efforts to reduce the amount of sediment and phosphorus flowing into Chesapeake Bay could have a serious impact on farms and municipalities in the Chesapeake Bay area.

        The issue is the EPA’s  proposed Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) regulations on the Chesapeake Bay watershed, which includes portions of Bedford County. TMDL is the maximum amount of a pollutant that a body of water can carry and still meet clean water standards.