Today's News

  • Thaxton, Stewartsville get new principals

    Thaxton and Stewartsville Elementary schools will have new principals beginning July 1.

        Kim Halterman, the current acting principal at Goodview Elementary, will take over at Thaxton. She has served as assistant principal at Goodview since 2007.

        Prior to her experience at Goodview, Halterman worked as a classroom teacher at Botetourt County’s Greenfield Elementary School for five years. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Roanoke College in 2001 and earned her master’s degree from Virginia Tech in 2006.

  • SRHS patrons sound off

    For the second straight Bedford County School Board meeting, Staunton River High School area residents expressed concern Thursday over personnel moves by the board.

  • Hurt wins GOP nod

    Robert Hurt won the Republican nod to take on Congressman Tom Perriello in November. Perriello, first elected in 2008 after defeating incumbent Congressman Virgil Goode, represents the 5th Congressional District in the House of Representatives. Hurt received 48 percent of the vote in a field of seven candidates in last week’s primary race.

        “I was just real proud of our organization,” Hurt said in a phone interview after the election.

  • More than two dozen gather to speak out against Stalin bust

    A farewell reception, by invitation only, for National D-Day Memorial Foundation President Dr. William McIntosh, drew between 20 and 30 protestors late Monday afternoon.

        The group, almost all of them military veterans, gathered at the corner of Burks Hill Road and Tiger Drive as guests for the 5 p.m. reception turned to head for the Memorial. A number of passersby, on Burks Hill, honked their horns or gave the group a thumbs-up as they drove by.

  • The National D-Day Memorial is no place for Stalin

    While Joseph Stalin might have played a part in the eventual Allied victory that was precipitated by the actions of June 6, 1944, having his bust at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford does more harm than good. Yes, Stalin was the leader of Russia, an ally to the invasion, but he was also much more — a murderer of millions as the Soviet dictator. His place in the history of World War II can be told at the Memorial without the bust. His bust at the Memorial muddies the message of why the Memorial exists.

  • Letters

    Stalin not

    honored by bust

        As volunteer at the National D-Day Memorial, I would like to hopefully help clear up a misconception concerning the bust of Joseph Stalin which is still causing quite a flap locally and even abroad.

        The bust, in no way honors Stalin.

  • Doughnut hole rebate checks are in the mail

    Last week, in a rare showing of bipartisanship in Washington, the House of Representatives joined forces to pass common-sense reforms related to mortgages and housing loans. The Federal Housing Administration Reform Act, which sailed through the House nearly unanimously, will encourage responsible homeownership for those who can afford it, while rooting out and cracking down on lenders who make risky or fraudulent loans.

  • Bill will extend unemployment benefits

    During last week’s congressional district work period, I spent time talking with business owners, workers, job seekers, and others about what we can do to turn our economy around. I cherish my time here because I never want to lose touch with the challenges and needs of the families who sent me to Washington to work for them. These conversations help supply me with many good ideas that I can take back to Washington.

  • Congress needs to pass a federal budget to restrain spending

    Just last week the U.S. Treasury Department issued its “Annual Report on Public Debt” which confirmed that the national debt will soar to record levels.  The report estimates that the total debt for fiscal year 2010 will reach $14.75 trillion which is over 93 percent of our gross domestic product (GDP).  This current rate of government spending is having a crippling effect on our economy and overall job creation.

  • Spill shows evil of oil dependency

        It’s not a secret that corporations are greedy, often contemptuous of workers, and always, always put profits before anything else. That’s nothing new. But the BP oil spill is a corporate crime that has no match anywhere else in the world.