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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Council supports effort to apply for grant for Bedford Amtrak station

        Last Tuesday, Bedford Town Council voted unanimously to support an application by Bedford-Franklin Regional Rail Initiative to apply for a grant to construct a station for an Amtrak rail stop in Bedford.
        According to Town Manager Bart Warner, the action does not obligate the town to spend any money. The Bedford County Board of Supervisors adopted a similar resolution earlier this month.

  • Bedford woman faces 15 felony charges

        A Bedford woman is facing 15 felony charges as the result of a Virginia State Police investigation involving finances at the Bedford Moose Lodge.

        Patsy Brown Crowder, 76, was arrested Saturday and charged with five counts of grand larceny, five counts of forgery and five counts of uttering. She was released on bond on the charges Monday.

  • Local man presents woodcarving to church

        Joe Collins saw a blank wall and wanted to find some way to spruce it up.

  • Education Committee acts on school safety

    By Delegate T. Scott Garrett, M.D.
    23rd District, Virginia House of Delegates

        I hope you are settling into your new year and becoming used to writing “2019” on documents!  Here in Richmond, we are settling into the start of our third week of state business.  Many bills are making their way through the legislative process – proposed laws that impact you, your family, and your business.  And, of course, we are working on the state’s $117 billion budget.

  • Governor to remain limited to one term

    By Sen. David R. Suetterlein
    District 19

        The first full week of the 2019 General Assembly was exceptionally busy in just 5 days time. Committees considered hundreds of bills, the full Senate’s consideration of allowing a two-term Governor, and the historic election of a judge to one of the most important courts in the Commonwealth.

  • Time is at a premium in short session

    By Senator Steve Newman
    Senate of Virginia President pro tempore

        We have just completed the second week of session, and we have already considered nearly 40% of all the Senate bills this year.  Committee meetings, debates over legislation in the Senate, and the election of judges were all part of the first full week of the 2019 General Assembly session.  Since this year is a “short” 46-day session, time is at a premium.

  • West a good choice for SCC

    By Del. Kathy J. Byron
    22nd House District

        The General Assembly elected a new judge to serve on the three-member State Corporation Commission this week.  Ordinarily, such appointments are little noticed by the general public, since most do not understand how great the Commission’s authority is.

  • Second Amendment rights preserved

    By Delegate Terry L. Austin
    19th House District

        The second week of session has concluded, and the work of the General Assembly is in full swing. House Republicans protected your second amendment rights, helped elect a qualified judge to the SCC, laid out a plan for middle-class tax relief and explained how we can better align higher education with workforce development.

  • Syndicated columnist totally nails Trump

        As Donald Trump rose to the Republican presidential nomination in 2015 and ’16, it became clear to many conservative Republicans that he knew little about their movement and had no understanding of its origins.