Today's News

  • A fiscally responsible budget

    This week House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced that, in fact, the House Democrats will not produce a federal budget resolution for fiscal year 2011.  This marks the first time since the passage of the Budget Act of 1974 that the House of Representatives has failed to pass an initial budget, setting the spending priorities for the following fiscal year.  What does this mean for American taxpayers?

  • Tough times for President Obama

        Everyone knew that whoever won the 2008 presidential campaign would have to face tough issues and many a difficult choice inheriting the mess left by George W. Bush.

        Newsweek and NBC reporter Howard Fineman has written that President Barack Obama is “hunkered down” these days in the White House, under siege from the weight of the troubles he’s facing.

  • The stage is set

    Congressman Tom Perriello is looking forward to a substantiative debate on the issues as he seeks a second term in Congress. Perriello represents the 5th Congressional district which includes Bedford and most of Bedford County. The district runs from the North Carolina border to north of Charlottesville and is approximately the size of New Jersey.

        The Republicans have nominated state Sen. Robert Hurt to square off against Perriello and a third candidate, Jeffrey Clark, has thrown his hat into the ring as an independent.

  • Forest falls to Falls in State semis

    Some days you eat the bear and some days the bear eats you.

    Jefferson Forest’s baseball team chose the wrong time to leave its “A” game at home.

  • A Grand evening for scholar-athletes

    A large number of graduating athletes was feted last Tuesday evening as the Bedford Rotary Club presented the Fifteenth Annual Scholar Athlete Awards.

  • Pay to Play some other day

    Parents of high school jocks won’t be digging a bit deeper, after all.

    At least not anytime soon.

  • JF makes Newsweek’s top 1,600

    Jefferson Forest High School was named one of the 1,600 best public high schools in the nation last week in the annual Newsweek rankings. Only 6 percent of all public high schools in the U.S. made the list.

        The ranking is based on how hard school staffs work to challenge students with advanced placement college-level courses and tests. A total of 95 Virginia schools were included on the list, including Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke and E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg.

  • SRHS remembers

    Staunton River High School (SRHS) has seen more than its fair share of tragedy. In the last six years, death has claimed 10 students and one teacher, mostly to automobile accidents.

        There is now a plaque by the school’s flagpole dedicated to the memory of every student and teacher who has died while at SRHS. It lists their names, 38 of them, beginning with Allen Jordan Martin, who died in 1966 while a student there. The most recent is Tiffany Skylar LaPrade, who was killed in a car accident while on her way to school in 2008.

  • Kenya connection

    A group of Staunton River High School students had an eye-opening experience via Skype this spring. Skype is a software application that lets people make voice calls over the Internet.

        The five teens in Caris Jonas’ reading workshop class got to talk to students in a school in Kenya. The students attend Mercy Care Center School in the Mathare slum in Nairobi. The school is run by the Mercy Care Center Foundation which, according to its Web site at www.mercycarecenter.org, is a non-denominational Christian organization.

  • 'Fired' for protest

    Last week, Bob Lindell, an American Legion member, Navy veteran and a volunteer at the National D-Day Memorial, chose to join a protest against the Joseph Stalin bust instead of attending an invitation-only reception for Dr. William McIntosh, the retiring director of the National D-Day Foundation. A photo of Lindell, participating in the protest, appeared on the front page of the June 16 edition of the Bedford Bulletin. Lindell was also quoted in the story.