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Today's News

  • Rooting out waste at the Department of Justice

    As the March 1 sequestration deadline approached, Attorney General Eric Holder dramatically warned that the Department of Justice (DOJ) would be forced to make cuts that threaten the safety of all Americans. Holder claimed that cuts to agencies within the Justice Department would diminish the department’s ability to investigate and prosecute crimes.

     

  • Here it comes: The Chinese Century

    I hope no one is losing too much sleep over whether the young leader of North Korea is going to attack us, or even South Korea, any time soon.
        Despite the big noises made by Kim Jong-Un, the world’s diplomatic players have seen this movie before.

  • A proof text out of context

        There’s an old saying: A proof text out of context is a pretext. The idea is that one should always check the context of a Bible verse that someone has quoted to prove a point. Checking the context of a verse means reading the passage that it was pulled from. It also means checking other parts of the Bible that address the same topic, letting Scripture interpret Scripture.

  • When tragedy strikes

    It was a gruesome scene.
        Just before 3 p.m. Monday afternoon, as the second half of the 23,000 runners participating in the Boston Marathon continued to make their way to the finish line, two bombs went off at the end of that 26.2-mile course.
        At least three people were killed; more than 140 injured.
        It was mass carnage—and mass confusion.
        Many of those injured were children; an 8-year-old child was among those killed.

  • Man sentenced in water filtration scam

        A man accused of carrying out a water purification system scam in multiple localities pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in Bedford County Circuit Court, to three counts of construction fraud.

        Larry Eugene Foster, 46, was picked up by the U.S. Marshal’s Service in Nashville, Tenn., in August and has been in custody in Bedford County since last fall.

  • County man pleads guilty to stabbing his wife

        Kenneth Ray Fitzgerald, a 56-year-old Bedford County man, will spend the next five years in prison for stabbing his wife last year. He pleaded guilty, Tuesday morning in Bedford County Circuit Court, to possession of a firearm by a felon and malicious wounding.

        According to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock, Fitzgerald and his wife were headed for divorce. An argument broke out between the two on Oct. 12 about the tax issues involved.

  • BSTC electrical program prepares students for needed jobs

        He’s a pastor, a teacher and a state licensed master electrician.
        Now he has another title to add to his resume.

        Aaron Payne has been named the Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC) teacher of the year. Payne teaches BSTC’s electrical course.
        Payne said demand is high for electricians. While overall unemployment is high, that is not true for electricians.

  • Butt out

        Bedford Memorial Hospital is a smoke-free facility.

        Smoking is prohibited both inside the hospital and on the grounds. Nevertheless BMH has a problem with cigarette butts littering the grounds. This year the hospital held a spring clean-up.
         Employees took a break from their regular work and went outside to police the grounds last week, on April 4 and 5. About 20 employees participated.

  • Goal, mission still the same

    Back in December, the board of the  Bedford Hospice House, Inc. announced its facility off Falling Creek Road was suspending operations in order to reorganize and find a workable business plan.
        Four months later the board continues to work with possible partners to fulfill that goal and the organization’s mission, according to volunteer Board President Jeffrey Fulgham.

  • Stirring up some brew

        Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest celebrated the 270th anniversary of Jefferson’s birth with a craft beer tasting.