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Today's News

  • Local Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliate’s response to the national debate

    By Melissa W. Woodson
    Executive Director
    Virginia Blue Ridge Affilliate
    Susan G. Komen for the Cure

        The Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate of Komen for the Cure is not a political organization. We have never and will never choose a side in a political debate unrelated to our cause.

  • Prayer breakfast speech was on target

    Last week, President Barack Obama made an excellent case for a mix of Christianity and political activism that is certainly not “conservative,” but is consistent with the Scriptures.
        The occasion was the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., an event that has become obligatory for whoever is president. It was good to see this president make a case for believers who refuse to connect Christianity with conservatism.

  • Eligibility requirements for veteran’s benefits

    This column concerns the question of eligibility for VA benefits. First, it is necessary to define the meaning of “veteran” as it relates to VA benefits. A veteran is a person who served in the active military service of the United States. Additionally, service in any of 26 other specified organizations during World War I and II has been certified as active military service by the Department of Defense.

  • They should have let the voters decide


        I’m not a fan of tax hikes. Neither is Delegate Lacey Putney. That’s why I took a serious look at Del. Putney’s proposal to raise the state sales tax by a percentage point from the current 5 percent to 6 percent. Half of the new revenue that this tax would have raised, estimated at $1.1 billion per year, would have been deposited into a new Supplemental Highway Construction and Maintenance Fund. The other half of the sales tax increase revenue would have gone toward mental health, public schools and state colleges.

  • There’s your sign

    A good sign that a law might need changed is when it has more people trying to get out of it than those who support it.
        That’s the case with Virginia’s “King’s Dominion law.”
        That now-antiquated law was passed in the 1980s as an attempt to support the tourism industry in Virginia. But its time has passed.

  • Planning Commission completes comments

    Bedford County's planning commission members finished their comments, Monday night, on the Board of Supervisors' proposed changes to the county's zoning ordinance.

  • Board looks ahead as budget discussions loom

        By delaying the release of a proposed budget, and by speaking with numerous civic and school groups, the Bedford County School Board and school administration officials hope that this year’s budget process will be less controversial than it has been the past couple of years.
        Those past budget discussions led to clashes between the public and the school board and administration—as proposals to close schools created acrimony—and between the school board and the board of supervisors over funding for the school system.

  • PC looks at updated comprehensive plan

    The city of Bedford Planning Commission reappointed Lonne R. Bailey as its chair during a meeting last Thursday.
        Also reappointed as vice chair was Jaimeson English.
        No one spoke at a public hearing on adoption of the comprehensive plan, prior to a vote to readopt the plan. The commission voted to recommend approval of the updated comprehensive plan. Should reversion of the city to town status be approved—currently set to take place July 1, 2013—the town would have to adopt a new comprehensive plan.
     

  • School board discusses drug testing, English class

        From drug testing to English classes, the Bedford County School Board looked at a variety of issues during its meeting last Thursday.
        During an informational item on the code of student conduct, District 6 board member Kelly Harmony suggested that the school board look at how much it would cost to test student athletes—and others involved in extracurricular activities—for drug use.

  • Aznavorian seeks harmony with neighbors

        George Aznavorian’s Harmony project takes a step forward with a neighborhood information meeting, Wednesday evening, in the county administration building. This is a step toward getting the property rezoned from its current AR (agricultural reserve) zoning to PD-1 (planned development district).