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Today's News

  • Bedford County girls' basketball roundup

    It's a good thing Santa grades you on how nice you've been rather than on how you play your county rivals. If the jolly elf used that as his measuring criterion, the Minettes and Lady Eagles would have wakened to coal-filled stockings this past Christmas morning.

    In a sloppily played game, Staunton River prevailed 36-19. Any Seminole rivals that scouted the game would have come away feeling full of confidence in upcoming games with either of these squads.

  • Liberty roundballers prime for Brookville

    Liberty shrugged history aside and topped Heritage by the score of 56-54. Probably more satisfying than breaking the six-year stranglehold that the Pioneers had over the Minutemen was the heart the team showed in the contest.

    "The kids played well down the stretch," said Head Coach Jeff Monroe. "They battled to the end."

    That battling spirit and focus has been in short supply this season, as the Minutemen have lost focus and allowed games to slip through their fingers.

  • River 'rasslers rumble

    Staunton River played the role of rude holiday host, smacking down all who had come over the river and through the woods to the River Rumble wrestling tournament.

    Seemingly every Golden Eagle came to wrestle as Staunton River swept its bracket with wins over Radford (66-12), James River (67-12) and E.C. Glass (50-27). That sweep put the Eagles into the championship round against Hidden Valley, which Staunton River dispatched by a score of 57-24.

  • Saying goodbye to 2007

    This is the paper's last edition of the year, and in a few days we will march uncertainly, but hopefully, into 2008. Some reflections on the year almost past would seem to be in order.

    • First, I'd like to offer some thanks to the Bulletin itself. One, for continuing to allow me the privilege of writing this column. Two, for the October publication of "Bedford's Journey: Then and Now." This historical supplement was very well done, and is a tribute to everyone who worked on it.

  • Republicans can rise again

    Christmas is over and Congress will soon reconvene. Senator Larry Craig will be back in Washington and airport men's rooms will once again be safe.

    Craig, and another Senator, Mitch McConnell, represent serious problems that the Republican Party has. It was more than the Iraq War that caused Republicans to lose control of both houses of Congress in 2006.

  • Sharing the fresh air

    Fresh air isn't just available in the summer.

    The Winn family of Goode is hosting their Fresh Air child for the holidays, and even taking him to Florida for the UVA/Texas Tech game on Jan. 1.

    This was a friendship hatched last summer.

  • Financial realities have the school system and board thinking outside the box

    During a work session earlier this month, members of the Bedford County School Board, and the administration, showed some positive signs of thinking "outside of the box."

    As has been said previously, funding is tight and isn't likely to change anytime soon. The Bedford County Board of Supervisors have set a debt limit for new school capital projects at $8 million, and that isn't likely to change significantly.

  • Letters

    About the Fair Tax

    A reader of the Bedford Bulletin, and a member of our Roanoke Area FairTax group (RAFT), made me aware of John Barnhart's column in the Dec. 14 issue.

  • Protecting our children

    It has become almost commonplace to turn on the evening news or visit an online news source and see the headlines detailing the latest recall of lead-contaminated products, mostly toys, from China. In 2007 alone, we have had around 77 toy recalls, involving more than 20 million toys. While this represents a very small percentage of the total number of toys sold in the United States, our children deserve better.

  • Agreement with Mexico could cost Social Security billions

    For several years, I have been warning about the potential for disaster if the United States finalizes the totalization agreement with Mexico.