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    Unloading the debate

        To what might we compare the debate between the Christian and Naturalist worldviews?  We can liken it to a tractor-trailer driver delivering to Georgia Pacific in Big Island. 

        As Debbie, our driver, descended southward down route 501, something on a nearby mountainside caught her attention.   Approaching the plant, Debbie recognized the mountainside diversion as a series of large rocks arranged to read, “WELCOME TO BIG ISLAND.”

  • Stimulus funds help education

    Recently, a group of more than a dozen superintendents and school officials from around the 5th District had the opportunity to sit down with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to talk about the challenges and opportunities in our education system. I convened this roundtable to give school districts the opportunity to communicate directly with the Secretary about what’s working and what’s not in Virginia schools.

  • Cemetery now a neighborhood eyesore

    Behind 112 Donegal Lane, and viewed from Leatherwood Place, the 150 year old Jopling graveyard has been used as a dump by vandals. Surrounded by modern houses with well-kept yards, who would do such a thing?

  • A monument to Stalin?

        There are times that call for standing your ground, no matter what, when you are right. There are other times when graciously backing off is the better choice.

        The reasoning behind Dr. William McIntosh’s decision to include a bust of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin at the National D-Day Memorial is correct. Dr. McIntosh sees all these sculptures as teaching tools and Stalin has an important lesson to teach us.

  • Minutemen leave Bees in the Dust

      In the biggest win by a Liberty football team in three years, the Minutemen roughed up last year’s State finalist, 35-20.

  • Staunton River improves to 3-3

      Having won its last two games on the road, Staunton River gave the home crowd a taste of winning’s sweetness.

    The Golden Eagles shut down Tunstall, 13-0, in front of a hyped-up, packed house.

  • JF loses grudge match to TA

      The old Sicilian proverb states that revenge is a dish best served cold.

    In the case of Turner Ashby’s payback of Jefferson Forest, the dish was about as cold as one could expect.

  • Mother charged with murder of infant

    A 25-year-old Bedford woman has been charged with second degree murder in the death of her eight month old infant in September 2008.

        Cecilia Leigh Burnette, 25, Bedford was arrested today and charged with second degree murder and felony child abuse in connection with the death of her infant daughter, Marissa. She is currently being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail without bond.

  • Stalin bust sparks opposition

    A plan to place a bust of Joseph Stalin at the National D-Day Memorial is sparking local controversy.


        “It’s not putting up a sculpture in honor of Stalin,” said Dr. William McIntosh, the National D-Day Memorial Foundation’s director.


        McIntosh pointed out that he realizes that Stalin was a monster. He said that Stalin had killed 20 million of his own citizens by 1939.


  • The future of farming

    Bedford’s Farm Bureau featured two youthful speakers at its annual dinner meeting last week.

        Joy Powers, of Staunton River High School’s (SRHS) Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter, said that agriculture has a future in Bedford County. She pointed to the two FFA chapters, one at SRHS and the other at Liberty High School, along with 4H clubs as an example. She would like to see more and suggested adding agricultural education classes in middle schools and an FFA chapter at Jefferson Forest High School.