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Today's News

  • Storm, Engledove selected to all-state team

    The accolades keep rolling in for members of the 2008 Jefferson Forest football team.

    The latest honors were bestowed on Josh Storm and Dustin Engledove.

  • These are the good old days--Sports commentary

      The holiday season tends to breed nostalgic sentiments.

    We long for things as they used to be, no matter how unlikely their return.

  • Council re-elects Tharp as mayor

        Bedford City Council will have plenty on its plate the next year as it considers whether to revert to town status and works to balance a budget in these tough economic times. Monday night council officially began its work for the year by swearing in those council members who were elected in November — including first-time member Steve Rush — and by re-electing Skip Tharp as the city’s mayor.

  • Getting Alarmed

    A state grant is making it possible for the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department to install free smoke detectors.

        The grant is from the Virginia Department of Health and has allowed the fire department to buy 500 smoke detectors. It also paid for tools to install the detectors and nine volt lithium batteries, according to Kenny Taggart, who is heading up the program. Taggart said that the grant requires these batteries, allegedly good for 10 years, rather than less expensive batteries.

  • School board facing millions in funding cuts

        With Bedford County Schools expected to receive about $5 million less in state funding than last year, this year’s budget process is expected to be a challenge. That process will get underway this week as the school board holds a work session Thursday afternoon and then a public hearing on the budget that evening.

        “We’re looking at almost every single line item and every program,” stated Randy Hagler, director of finance for the school system. “It’s going to be a pretty difficult year.”

  • State budget will challenge General Assembly

    Virginia’s General Assembly will face a serious budgetary challenge when it convenes in Richmond on Jan. 14.

        “The picture is not pretty,” commented Delegate Lacey Putney, chairman of the House of Delegates Appropriations Committee.

        The Appropriations Committee, one of 14 standing Committees of Virginia’s  House of Delegates, has jurisdiction over state budget matters, according to the committee’s Web site.

  • Roosters turned over to county at hearing

        A Bedford County man facing charges for selling roosters for cockfighting will have to post a bond of $8,000 if he hopes to get the 40 birds confiscated from his property back.

  • For Gov. Tim Kaine, Virginia should be job 1

    Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine is to be congratulated for being selected to head the Democratic National Committee. The appointment is a great honor and it demonstrates the hard work Kaine put in to helping President-elect Barack Obama get elected — both here in Virginia as well as across the nation — this past year.

  • 2008 ended with a bang

        2008 ended with fireworks of a very unpleasant kind.

        Shortly before the end of the year, Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist organization that rules Gaza decided to end its six month truce with Israel. Even during that time, the Islamic militants occasionally violated the truce, firing rockets into Israel. Once the truce ended, the militants began firing larger numbers of rockets and mortars.

  • Politics at the movies

        I haven’t seen “Frost/Nixon” yet, but I will. Hollywood’s latest political film tells the story of the television interview of the disgraced president by British journalist David Frost.

        Coming in the immediate years after his resignation, when Nixon still hadn’t admitted any guilt, Frost got him to utter one memorable line: “If the president does it, it’s not illegal.”