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Today's News

  • We can’t afford to delay the digital TV transition

    By now just about everyone knows about the digital TV transition.  Three years ago Congress passed legislation setting a hard deadline for television stations to stop broadcasting their signal in analog format.  This transition from analog to digital, known as the Digital TV (DTV) transition, was scheduled to take place on February 17, 2009.  However, this last week Congress passed short-sighted legislation which delays the upcoming DTV transition for four months.

  • Time to file claims for 2008 medical expenses

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has advised claims for reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical expenses incurred during 2007 will be accepted beginning January 1, 2009. 

  • Anthony Poindexter

    This week the Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library continues to honor those that are making history today.

        Bedford is proud of Anthony Poindexter  who has been Defensive Backs Coach for the football team at the University of Virginia for eight years. He was raised in Forest and attended elementary school at New London Academy. He graduated from Jefferson Forest High School and majored in anthropology at University of Virginia, graduating in 1999.

  • Virginia must have balanced budget every year

        We’re approaching the midway point of the 2008 session, commonly known as “crossover.”  Before Valentine’s Day arrives, both the House and the Senate will have completed work on all the bills submitted by their own members, and also will have approved their respective versions of amendments to Virginia’s biennial budget.

  • A stunning new unemployment rate

        From where I live in Roanoke I can hear the factory whistle blow several times a day. It produces a lonely wail first at 7 a.m., at noon and 12:30 p.m. for the lunch break, and then at 3 p.m. for the end of first shift.

        My son and I have passed the factory many times as we’ve walked to the Roanoke River. We never knew what the initials “FWC” stood for. Recently, I saw familiar footage of the factory grounds on television.

  • Alarmists are the real threat

        Although the weekend’s weather was quite mild, cool rather than cold, the big chill we had last week made me think of a story I did in January.

        I had heard that the city and county “Democrats” were having Weed at a joint meeting at the Welcome Center. Wondering if the sheriff knew about this, I took a camera and notebook and went there to check it out.

  • Crash claims life of Pittsville man

        An 80-year-old Pittsville, Va., man died in a two-vehicle accident last Thursday afternoon.

        The accident occurred around 2 p.m. on Route 608 about a mile east of route 734 in the Huddleston area.

        Richard Smith Anderson, 80, was driving a 2000 Ford van and died as a result of injuries from the accident. According to  Sgt. Bob Carpentieri of the Virginia State Police he was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident.

  • Burn ban set to begin

    The Commonwealth’s 4 p.m. Burning Law goes into effect Feb. 15  – the start of spring fire season in Virginia.

        This law prohibits burning before 4 p.m. each day (Feb. 15 – April 30) if the fire is in, or within 300 feet of, woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.

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  • County sports a mixed bag for tonight due to weather, school closings

    The county grappling meet will take place, as scheduled, Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Staunton River High School.

    Wrestling action begins at 6 p.m.

    The boys' basketball game featuring Brookville at Liberty that had been pushed to tonight (Wednesday) will still take place:

    Amherst at Jefferson Forest boys' basketball has been postponed until Monday, Feb. 2.

    JV basketball starts at 6 p.m., Varsity should start at 7:30.