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Today's News

  • Supervisors deny townhouse request

    A request by May Brothers, Inc., for a special use permit to build townhouses for its seasonal workers, was shot down by a 5-2 vote by the county's supervisors Monday night.

  • Charges certified in shooting at Thaxton

    Just prior to being shot in the face at a home off Thaxton School Road in January, a Bedford County man testified Monday that he heard a woman state: "There's the boy in the coveralls. Shoot the son of a b****."

    Charges against a Thaxton woman accused in the shooting of 44-year-old Jesse Phillips of Bedford County in January have been certified to the Bedford County Grand Jury.

  • Short term mission; long term impact

    Short term mission trips can make use of some surprising skills.

    Christine Kennedy, a member of Brookhill Wesleyan Church, found that the skills she employs with Lynchburg's chamber of commerce were helpful. Kennedy runs Leadership Lynchburg.

    "I went over there and taught on leadership," she said, referring to her first trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2003.

  • Late Bloomer

    Most of us realize our athletic primes during our high school days. Others blossom during their college years or during their twenties. A few of us hit a peak in our thirties.

    Bill Kesler waited until he was in his nineties before becoming the big man on campus.

    Kesler, a 98 year old resident of the National Elks Home, astounded his peers last week when he rolled five straight strikes in competition at the AMF Lynchburg Lanes.

    The ?Five Bagger? helped push Kesler to a one-game score of 184.

  • Outdoor show at Armory

    Experienced outdoorsmen and youthful novices alike will have an opportunity to be exposed to a wide array of woodsy-related events, demonstrations and goods this very weekend.

    The tenth annual Outdoor Show will be hosted by the Bedford Outdoor Sportsman Association (BOSA) on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event, a favorite of sportsmen of all stripes, will be held at the Bedford Bedford Armory on East Main Street.

  • Hurt, Bell are state track champs

    While no team came close to winning a title, there were enough standout performances by local athletes at the state meet this past weekend to cause rejoicing.

    Liberty?s Kenara Hurt and Staunton River?s James Bell won it all at state. Hurt blistered a 41.26 in the 300 meter dash, while Bell went 14? 4? for top honors in the pole vault. The two gold medals doubled last year?s county haul (Forest?s 4 X 800 relay took first in 2007).

  • The future of higher education

    For many students and families there is the promise of higher education. But for far too many others, the burden of tuition costs is seemingly insurmountable. In Virginia, undergraduate students are paying nearly 7% more in tuition and fees than they did last year. The skyrocketing cost of higher education is a dangerous trend given the often integral role it plays in attaining the American dream and maintaining our competitiveness in a changing global economy.

  • America needs is a balanced energy plan

    The House of Representatives has passed what I believe is an unwise energy bill. If it becomes law, it would lead to a huge increase in the price of gasoline, and it would increase our dependence on foreign fossil fuels, even as America works to develop sustainable alternative energy sources. I voted “No” on this bill, but it passed 220-to-188.

  • Letters

    New leadership

    Listening to the First Lady on the news talking about the U.S. taxpayers funding health care to some foreign countries makes you wonder why we can't have better health care in our country. With elections coming up this fall, I guess we'll have to choose the lesser of two evils, if we can figure out who it is?

  • Session sets new standard for efficiency

    There’s just one week remaining until the scheduled end of this year’s session of the Virginia General Assembly. This is the part of the session where delegates and senators meet to work out the final details on a wide range of legislation, and when an agreement must be reached to reconcile the differing versions of the budget approved by the Senate and the House.