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Today's News

  • Mandatory water restrictions likely to be lifted

    At its meeting Tuesday, Bedford City Council was expected to lift mandatory restrictions on the use of water that had been in effect since October.

    The city's Stoney Creek Reservoir is now full, according to city manager Charles Kolakowski.

    Kolakowski said city staff was prepared Tuesday to recommend lifting the restrictions.

    "We express our appreciation to all who did what they could to save water," he said.

  • Forest girls looking strong; Staunton River plays 'em close; Minettes struggle

    With all the hype about Staunton River's chance at upending Brookville at the top o' the Seminole heap, another local team has started to reveal aspirations of its own.

    Jefferson Forest opened the season in impressive fashion, walloping an understaffed Amherst team before pounding E.C. Glass on the Lady Cav home hardwoods. The Lancers were routed 65-16 while the Hilltoppers fell by a less embarrassing 62-38.

  • Forest and Staunton River boys' hoops: a mixed bag

    Staunton River appeared to have a breakout performance, but then back-slid against Byrd and was pummeled by Brookville. Jefferson Forest remains an enigma. It seemed to have its offense in gear in its win over Amherst, but then reverted back to its low-scoring self in losses to Glass and Rustburg.

    River stuns Heritage

  • Liberty hitting groove

    It is fairly easy to show character when everything is going your way; much more difficult to do so when faced with disappointment.

    The Liberty boys' basketball squad showed a ton of character as it knocked off state AA powerhouse R.E. Lee last Friday night. Having fallen by a significant margin (79-52) to the Leemen earlier this season and having lost a heartbreaker to Seminole rival Brookville the night before, there was little reason to expect the Minutemen to even show up for the game with Lee.

  • Letters

    Knowing the background of the Jesus Seminar

    In the Dec. 26 edition of the Bulletin, David McLoughlin encouraged readers to take this time to better understand the Bible. In the first paragraph McLoughlin offered several essential elements for sound literary interpretation, stressing the importance of historical and literary context. This is great advice to be followed by every serious student of the Bible.

  • Time to file claims for 2007 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 Jan. 1, 2008.

    If you were receiving monetary benefits under the Improved Pension Program during 2007 you may be eligible for partial reimbursement of medical expenses you paid for yourself or any dependent you are legally obligated to support. You may submit a claim to VA for reimbursement of the expenses you have paid and were not reimbursed by insurance or any other source.

  • GOP faithful anoint Mike Huckabee

    The story goes that on the road to Damascus, Saul of Tarsus, who had been persecuting and killing this new breed of people known as "Christians," was himself converted to the religion by a blinding light and a voice that told him he'd soon have a new calling.

    God, in other words, chose Paul (Saul?s new name), not vice versa. Mitt Romney, on the road to Washington, D.C. via Des Moines, was also blinded. While it may not have been God speaking to him, it was certainly the voice of a large group of people who sincerely believe that God tells them how to make political choices.

  • 'Democrats' accomplished something

    Last month, I wrote how the "Democrats" accomplished nothing during their first year in control of Congress. That's not entirely true. They managed to spend billions of dollars of our tax money through earmarks attached to important funding bills.

  • A magical day

    Many times ? in fact more times than not ? our expectations for trips can exceed reality, a la the Griswold's ill-fated trip to Wally World in the movie "National Lampoon's Vacation."

    But thankfully that's not always the case. My family's visit to Disney World after Christmas is a case in point.

    This wasn't a Disney vacation, but rather a one-day venture out during our Florida trip to see my wife's parents. We had promised our children that one day we'd take them to Disney and this was our chance.

    Walt and the gang at Disney didn't disappoint.

  • Congress once again steps up to the plate in a useless attempt to play ball

    For the second time in three years, baseball will have a day of reckoning before Congress as steroid use in the game is investigated.

    You'd think this country's lawmakers could find something better to do with their time.