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Today's News

  • Economic issues sinking McCain's ship

    October arrived with Sen. Barack Obama gaining ground in national polls everywhere and actually leading in both Florida and Ohio.

    Meanwhile, Sarah Palin is having a tough time convincing many people that she should ever be anywhere near the White House. Every time she gives an interview you can see why. Her debate performance wasn’t bad, but she couldn’t match Joe Biden’s knowledge and experience.

  • Letters

    Ugly face

    This is not the first time, but it still shows its ugly face. Our back yard borders Perrowville Road in Forest where we placed signs for Obama, Warner, Perriello and Rasoul.

    Last week a neighbor saw a white SUV cut across our back strip and crush all four signs. This is not the first time. When Kaine ran for Governor a very large sign was stapled to a Perrowville Road fence only to be mutilated with slashes.

    Come on now. We all have the opportunity to express our preference at the voting machines Nov. 4th.

    Harold and Ann Reid

  • Dangerous allies

    In October of 1879, German Chancellor Otto Von Bismark made a fateful decision.

  • Thumbs up, thumbs down

    A thumbs up to the installation of a new traffic signal at the interchange of Burks Hill Road and U.S. 460. Travelers of that route were greeted with the new light this weekend, a welcome sight for those trying to cross onto Burks Hill Road (South on Va. 122) from the westbound turn lane off U.S. 460. That has been a dangerous intersection for some time and should help ease maneuvering through the heavy traffic in that area that includes traffic from the National D-Day Memorial, the Bedford Area Welcome Center, Bedford Elementary School and those traveling towards the Lake.

  • Big Island woman pleads guilty to embezzlement charges

    A Big Island woman pleaded guilty to 13 felony embezzlement charges during a hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court Tuesday.

    Christina Carmichael Poore, 38, was arrested in April. She originally faced 27 embezzlement charges that spanned a time period between July 1, 2005, and Dec. 1, 2007. In each charge she was accused of embezzling more than $200 from H & H Food Market off Lee Jackson Highway.

    As part of the plea agreement, 14 of the charges weren't prosecuted.

  • JFHS senior tapped for U.S. Army High School All-American Marching Band

    There was a time when Greg Thompson had a hard time playing even a note with a trumpet.

    But that was years ago, when he first took up the instrument as a fourth-grader. Today, the Jefferson Forest High School senior is an accomplished All-American musician, lauded for his playing, work ethic and leadership.

  • Moose join fight against Internet predators

    Wes Crowder and Paula Brazell dropped by the Bedford County Sheriff's Office to present a check for $11,245.

    Crowder and Brazell are officials with the Virginia Moose Association and the check represents money that the Moose collected in this state for the Safe Surfin' Foundation. Safe Surfin' is the educational arm of Operation Blue Ridge Thunder and its purpose is to educate children and teens about the dangers lurking in cyberspace.

  • All tied up in history

    Bedford's library system has a history exhibit that's fit to be tied: aprons.

    The aprons come from CeCe Guida's collection which she has been assembling for 30 years and date from an example from the 1870s up to modern pieces. Some are displayed on dresses of the same vintage as the apron. One, a linen apron from 1901 is displayed on a long brown cotton dress with puffy shoulders made for a small woman with a narrow waist.

  • Most local bankers offer assurances during these turbulent times on Wall Stree

    With unpleasant developments from the financial sector dominating the recent news, local citizens may be justly concerned about what it all means to them.

    Certainly, a government-driven bailout of Wall Street will translate into higher taxes somewhere down the road.

    Naturally, downturns in the stock market will negatively impact a great number of individual investors, including those with individual retirement accounts or 401(k)s.

  • Council to consider eliminating decal fees

    Following the lead of surrounding communities — including a recent decision by Bedford County — Bedford City Council will consider dropping its vehicle decals and fees.

    But don't expect for that to mean less taxes. In fact, if approved, the city will likely raise personal property taxes to offset the loss of revenue of eliminating the decal fees.