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Today's News

  • The costs of violating traffic regulations

        The days of the 20-dollar speeding ticket have gone the way of the 20-cent bottle of soda pop.
        If you’re planning on getting caught violating traffic regulations, be prepared to pay a heap of cash to do so.
        The thing is, most drivers don’t plan on getting caught.  They just do.
        And when they do, the options they face are not pretty.  As you can see by the accompanying chart, the name of the game is forking over cash.

  • President’s Day honors democratic institution

    We celebrated President’s Day on Monday, perhaps our most unappreciated holiday the entire year.
        It was originally started as a celebration of George Washington’s birthday on Feb. 22. Now it stands as an opportunity to contemplate the genius of the presidency itself.
        Our founders had created something new in the world, a system of democratic succession where the top officer of the central government could not serve for life, as kings did elsewhere.

  • If it ain’t broke …

    Being trapped in my house by the Great Snow of 2014 has given me time to ponder some things. In spite of giving this much thought, while shoveling snow, I’m still mystified by a vote the Board of Supervisors took at their Feb. 10 meeting. Maybe I’m mystified because I’m a conservative, rather than a libertarian.

  • Send out the clowns

    he story this week in the New York Daily News stated that there is a growing shortage of clowns.
        Please. They’re just looking for them in the wrong places.
        While membership in the clown trade organizations may be plummeting the number of jokers filling the halls of Congress and the federal government continues to multiply. It appears the circus has left the big top and headed straight for D.C.

  • Embezzler gets three years in prison

        A Forest woman will spend three years in prison for embezzling $109,000 from Witt Mechanical over a four year period, starting in 2009.
        Vicki Elkins McPhearson, 60, was employed by Witt as a bookkeeper and embezzled the money between September, 2009, and June, 2013 when the thefts were discovered.
        Jeff Witt, Witt Mechanical’s owner, testified, at McPhearson’s sentencing hearing Tuesday morning about the damage the embezzlement caused his business.

  • Joppy’s opens where ‘Duchess’ used to be

        You’ve probably noticed that building that used to house the Duchess of Bedford has a different name on it – Joppy’s.

  • An American dream

        If you visit Bella Italia and ask to speak to the owner you will get a surprise. A young man will come out of the kitchen wearing an apron and you may think he’s a waiter. He’s not. That’s Giovanni Baiada and he is the owner.

        Actually, he and his aunt, Lori Giambanco, co-own the restaurant. Giambanco owns Lori’s Italian Grill, in Forest, and she helped Baiada get financing for Bella Italia.
        “I used to work for her,” Baiada said.

  • Time to spruce up the Memorial

        The National D-Day Memorial could use a little help from its friends as it prepares to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day this year.

  • The Snow Arrives

    Blame it on El Niño.

        According to the National Weather Service’s Blacksburg office, the pattern of weather we’ve seen this winter is typical of a neutral El Niño as streams of moisture and blasts of cold try to get together. This couple finally made a match just before Valentine’s Day.

  • Council begins work on budget

    Bedford Town Council got to work this week dissecting a proposed budget from town staff that raises electric rates by 2 percent, but leaves real estate property taxes at its current rate.
        Town Manager Charles Kolakowski presented his budget to council last week and work on it was scheduled to begin in earnest by council yesterday during a work session.