Today's News

  • Old fashioned work ethic

    If Frank Lewis missed work, people knew that something was wrong. He retired from Golden West Foods, owned by Brooks Food Group, last month after 49 years. He had perfect attendance for 45 of those years.

  • New law has area retailers concerned with getting the lead out

    A new law called the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) went into effect last month.

        The law sets new limits for lead content for products primarily intended for children under 12 and requires certification that these products meet the new standard. The law is retroactive, applying to products made before Feb. 10, the day the law took effect.

        Whether new lead rules will pose a heavy burden depends on who you talk to.

  • The school board should reconsider its pay proposal for the new superintendent

    Sometimes perception is more important than reality. That very well may be the case in the compensation package being proposed for the Dr. Douglas Schuch, the Bedford County School Board’s choice as its new superintendent.

  • Letters

    Bouncing checks

        Written to Senator Mark Warner, Virginia

  • We must work together to reform health care

    This last week President Barack Obama hosted a forum on health care at the White House.  The forum included Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle, representatives from the health care industry including various medical specialties, hospitals, doctors, nurses and technicians, the health insurance industry, the business community and most importantly patients, the health care consumers who must be the focus of this process.  I am encouraged by the fact that so many individuals representing such diverse interests were able to come together to discuss the goal of providing

  • Conservatives ripping into each other

        All Washington was abuzz last week over the dust-up between new GOP national chair Michael Steele and Rush Limbaugh, the self-styled king of right-wing talk radio.

        The only thing larger than Limbaugh’s ego is his religious devotion to conservatism. He showed that this passion means far more to him than even the fate of his country when he stated that he hopes Barack Obama fails.

  • The terror of an activist presidency

        Whether an activist presidency is a joyful thing, or a fearful thing, depends on what that activist president wants to do.

        The greatest American president of the 20th century once said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”

  • Minutemen sore

    It wasn’t bad enough that Liberty saw its hopes for a Seminole District tournament title vanish along with its 11- point lead.

  • Lady Eagles soar

    Shaken, at first, the Staunton River Lady Eagles regrouped, got back to playing their style of basketball, and emerged with the Seminole District’s tournament title.

  • Silver screen

      Once again, the Academy Awards have come and gone.  And, once again, I had not seen any of the nominees for best picture.  Heck, I’m not sure I’ve even heard of most of them before.