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Today's News

  • We're all winners here!

    "The nail that stands up is hammered down."

    -Traditional Japanese saying

    "My child is an honor student at XYZ Elementary School."

    -Traditional American bumper sticker

    There has been some discussion around the new format of the VHSL football playoffs. This is the first year in which Region III saw six entrants from Division 3 and six entrants from Division 4. In previous years, there had been four entrants from each division.

  • GOP debate settles nothing

    With the first presidential caucuses and primaries just weeks away now, the 2008 presidential race has suddenly gotten very intense, a fact that was quite evident in last week's GOP "CNN/You Tube" debate.

  • A circus, complete with clowns

    Soon Congress will be packing it in for the year and heading home for Christmas. One of the things this means is that it will probably be a good idea to avoid airport men's rooms as Sen. Larry Craig will be on the loose. Another thing it means is that the "Democrats'" first year in control of Congress has ended.

    Looking back on their performance, it's no wonder that Congress' approval rating, at 20 percent, is even lower than President Bush's, which stands at 32 percent. Both of these figures come from a Gallup poll taken in mid-November.

  • Illegal immigration: Something needs to be done (Part 2)

    The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) estimated in February 2003 that the illegal alien population in Virginia was about 103,000 residents as of January 2000, nearly double the previous estimate of about 55,000 in 1996. That in turn was nearly 31 percent higher than in 1992. By 2005 it was about 192,000. Nationally the latest estimate of illegal aliens is about 11 million persons.

  • With costs going up and funding going down wish lists are out

    As the holiday season picks up, everyone's making a wish list. But as budget time approaches for county schools, "needs" will be much more important than "wants" this season.

    There are always new projects to pursue, new technology to embrace and new buildings that need constructed. Hands are already being extended in hopes of snagging additional dollars.

  • Letters to the editor

    Just suppose

    Suppose all the churches met to organize a Christmas exercise to be held on the town green.

    A large lean-to, a cradle with hay and straw supplied. Members would portray Mary, Joseph and the three wise men. An assortment of animals for the one night event. Lighting erected, the choirs of the churches combine for inspiring songs.

  • Much needed immigration reforms

    The United States of America is a nation of immigrants. Legal immigration has blessed our nation with talent, diversity, and a commitment to freedom. However, we are also a nation of laws. Illegal immigration mocks our system of justice and costs our taxpayers billions of dollars every year, while taking jobs from law-abiding citizens and legal residents. This situation has reached crisis proportions and cannot be allowed to continue.

  • Bedford Education Foundation checks in

    The Bedford Education Foundation presented checks to two county schools last week.

    A $600 check went to Thaxton Elementary School to help pay for Weekly Readers and Accelerated Readers. The Weekly Reader is the modern version of the publication that elementary school children have read for decades. The Accelerated Reader program is more recent.

  • Legislation would protect employers with English only policies

    No organization is more respected nor has more wide-spread appeal than the Salvation Army. Founded in London in 1865, the Salvation Army provides aid and assistance to troops who are far from home and to the needy in countless communities worldwide.

  • Airport hosts police driving course

    Sheriff's deputies from Bedford County and Campbell County spent last week at New London Airport.

    They weren't there to fly and although the airport also hosts drag racing, they weren't there to race.

    "This is our annual drivers' training," said Sergeant David Marsh, of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

    Marsh said that this is the third year they have conducted this training, and they always do it at New London Airport. The airport shuts down for a week and its paved runways/drag strip offer a safe place for law enforcement officers to do this training.