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Today's News

  • House rejects earmark reform effort

    One of the big issues that is currently before Congress is earmark reform. An earmark occurs when a member of the House of Representatives or the Senate specifies how a certain amount of money in an agency?s budget is to be spent, most often in the member?s own district or state. In the past, a few of these earmarks had been entered in a conference report and were never included in the floor discussions of the bills.

  • One hundred years in Iraq?

    Several weeks ago, long before Sen. John McCain enjoyed his current status as the Republican Party’s “presumptive nominee” for president, he was holding a campaign rally somewhere.

    With him was pro-Iraqi war Senator Joe Lieberman, a “Democrat” (if I may borrow Dr. Barnhart’s quotation marks) who has endorsed McCain almost exclusively because of their shared passion for “victory” in Iraq.

  • Shortfall leaves General Assembly scrambling for answers

    House Republicans saw the economic downturn coming last year and in January asked Gov. Tim Kaine and his staff for an update to budget revenue projections. That update didn't come until this past week.

    And the outlook wasn't good (a $1.4 billion shortfall) and the timing was late (just days before budget proposals were to be finalized).

    Now significant changes must be made. And they won't be easy.

  • McCain will need a conservative Veep

    Last week I mentioned a fellow at my church as an example of an evangelical Christian who supported Mitt Romney. After Romney dropped out of the race, I asked this guy who he planned to vote for in the Virginia primary. He said that he planned to vote for Mike Huckabee and explained why.

    He was convinced that John McCain will be the Republican Party's nominee for president. However, he felt that it would be good if Huckabee shows up at the Republican National Convention with enough support to have an influence.

  • Letters

    Not happy with policies

    Forty three years ago I came to Bedford County and fell in love with this small town. I remember how billboards dominated every inch of Tidewater in the 1960s, a real culture shock from Europe. Bedford, however, was full of only mountains and fresh air. This area has changed quite a bit since then, but it still retains its charm ....

  • Feeding the flock

    Father Tom Mustard, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Bedford, is calling it quits — sort of.

    Mustard will retire in April. This doesn't mean that he's leaving Bedford.

    "This is a good parish. It's a great community. It's a good place to live," Mustard said.

    This doesn't mean he's going to vegetate, either.

    "We won't be fading off into the sunset," Mustard commented.

    Mustard plans to remain active in the community. Retirement means slowing down. He will fill in at other parishes in the area as needed.

  • Bedford man pleads guilty to soliciting sex from minor

    A Bedford man entered no contest pleas Friday in Bedford County Circuit Court to charges that he solicited sex from a minor he believed to be a 13-year-old girl.

    Ryan A Overstreet, 28, entered his pleas which carry the same effect as a guilty plea. At the request of his lawyer, adjudication of the pleas and sentencing were delayed until a pre-sentence report is completed.

  • Defective chimney cause of fire

    A fire that destroyed four townhouses in the Waterways development near Saunders Point, was caused by a defective chimney.

    The fire started Jan. 27 in the townhouse owned by Larry and Barbara Renner. All the townhouses are vacation homes and the Renners, who live in Winchester, were spending the weekend at the lake. John Jennings, the county's primary fire marshal for investigation, said that investigators' attention was drawn to the townhouse's chimney when they noticed it had holes in it. The holes were not consistent with building collapse.

  • More than statistics

    Sarah Panzau doesn't quote statistics when she makes a presentation on the dangers of drunk driving before high school students.

    "Statistics are something they are not going to remember," she said. "They'll remember me."

    Panzau was 21 when, on Aug. 23, 2003, she chose to get in her car and attempt to drive home drunk. She had a blood-alcohol level four times the legal limit.

    That drive ended in an accident, a bad accident. Her car rolled four times and, while she didn't hurt anybody else, her own injuries were devastating.

  • School officials keep close watch on budget cuts

    With the announcement last week of an anticipated $1.4 billion revenue shortfall into Virginia coffers over the next two years, cuts are on the way and Bedford County Schools officials are watching closely.

    The Bedford County School Board is set to vote on its proposed budget at its Feb. 28 meeting, but the shortfall could lead to a need for changes in the proposal even before the board is able to forward its budget on to the Bedford County Board of Supervisors for consideration.