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Tri-county committee unhappy with AEP management plan

By The Staff

The application from American Electric Power (AEP) for renewal of the operating license for the Smith Mountain Project has been forwarded and accepted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

As many of you know, the Tri-County Re-licensing Committee (TCRC) is not satisfied with the level of detail in each of the management plans submitted with the application for the stewardship of the lakes. TCRC’s concerns have been sent to AEP and FERC. It is our understanding that FERC will be asking AEP for additional information to expand the application.


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On Friday, April 25, youth in Bedford participated in Global Youth Services Day.

On this international day of community service, more than 75 individuals took part in many worthwhile activities throughout Bedford County. The staff of Bedford Community Resource Center would like to thank all of the groups, businesses, organizations, and individuals who made this such a remarkable day.


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The importance of a national language

By Congressman Bob Goodlatte

It was Alexis de Tocqueville who once said, “The tie of language is perhaps the strongest and the most durable that can unite mankind”. It is has never been more critical that we work to teach everyone English. According to the U.S. Census, almost twelve million Americans do not speak English. The number of Americans who do not speak English has increased 176 percent over the last twenty years.


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Scammers impersonate IRS

By Congressman Virgil Goode

As economic stimulus checks are being sent to Americans the by U. S. Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is alerting you to three schemes that crooks are trying to work.


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Dropout rates of local high school students affect our community and nation

By The Staff

How would your life be different if you had not finished high school?

Would you have the same job?ee marriage?ee security? For some people in our community, this is not a “what if” situation; it is reality. They have dropped out of school and are now in very difficult situations. What can we do to help those who have dropped out of school achieve the skills they need to succeed in society, and how can we motivate those who are in school to stay in and graduate?


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Many Christians abandon right-wing politics

By Rick Howell

The 2008 presidential race might be the first one in a while that hasn’t been decided by what we’ve previously known as “the religious right.” Many signs exist to suggest that those two words just don’t go together as well as they once did.


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Rev. Jeremiah Wrong

By John Barnhart

I can understand why Rick Howell believes that the national news media is obsessed with Jeremiah Wright and that this obsession is absurd. Mr. Howell is a member of the Roanoke City "Democratic" Committee and Barack Obama is the likely "Democratic" presidential nominee.

He made an apples-and-oranges comparison which contrasted news coverage of the Rev. Wright's connection to Obama with John Hagee's endorsement of John McCain. There is no comparison.


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Without a commitment for a sidewalk along Independence Boulevard, the zoning requirement results in a sidewalk to nowhere

Up until recently, city of Bedford officials were counting on the Virginia Department of Transportation to come up with funds to build a sidewalk along Independence Boulevard. Because of that, developers along the road weren’t required to comply with the zoning ordinance to build sidewalks as part of their development.

Up until now.


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Working to make health care more accessible and affordable

By Congressman Bob Goodlatte

Currently, more than 47 million Americans are without health insurance and millions more are underinsured. These statistics are simply unacceptable. It is time for real health care reform which focuses on strategies that help Americans obtain the best quality health care at the least cost.


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M-Spam becoming a serious problem

By Congressman Virgil Goode

Spam in text messages on cell phones is a growing problem in the United States, and several of us are sponsoring legislation in the House of Representatives to outlaw this practice.

Earlier in this decade, the ?Do Not Call? registry was enacted in response to consumer complaints that unwanted telemarketing calls had become a serious nuisance at home and on their cell phones. Ever since the registry was established, the amount of unwanted telemarketing calls has dropped significantly.


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