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Today's News

  • Hillary will get out the vote

    Along with electing a new president next year, every seat in the House of Representatives will be up for reelection. Here in Virginia, we will be electing a senator.

    I've already seen campaign signs up for Sam Rasoul, the "Democrat" who will challenge Bob Goodlatte for the 6th Congressional District seat. Rasoul apparently is the only "Democrat" in his district willing to try. I understand that two "Democrats" are seeking their party's nod to go up against Virgil Goode in the 5th.

  • Have a Merry Christmas

    Sometimes the busyness of the holiday season can eat away at the enjoyment of celebrating it.

    At times, I know that seems to be true for me, anyway.

    There are a number of steps I take to try and help with that.

    One is keeping traditions.

  • Letters

    The following letter was written by a volunteer driver for the Bedford Ride organization which is administered by the Central Virginia Area Agency on Aging. It clearly shows the caliber of volunteers that we have in that organization.

    "I drive for a volunteer organization that takes persons to various appointments such as the doctors, the pharmacy, to rehab or even to the grocery store. This past week I took an 88 year old gentleman to the doctor. I had driven him once before.

  • Providing for our Armed Forces

    With the holiday season fully upon us and the rush to complete last minute Christmas present purchases underway, it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle, and in the process somehow lose sight of more important things.

  • Why grant Iraqi refugees special status if the situation is improving?

    The House of Representatives has approved the National Defense Authorization Act on a vote of 370-to-49. While I supported many of the items in the bill, I could not vote for it, because of the plan to relocate thousands of Iraqi refugees into the United States. A refugee is defined as a person fleeing his or her country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

  • The Christmas account

    And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

    (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

    And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

    And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

    To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

  • Christmas Station helps area families

    Some 1,000 residents of Bedford and Bedford County will have a better Christmas season thanks to volunteers' efforts at the Bedford Community Christmas Station this year.

    Those volunteers have been busy the past two weeks helping eligible families shop for Christmas at the store, now in its second year.

    "We hope to grow every year until we serve all the families that need help," stated Karen Hughes, president of the Christmas Station. "People looked very pleased and volunteers had a great time."

  • Oakwood Villas project moves ahead

    Bedford County's planning commission voted, Monday night, to recommend Oakwood Villas.

    Oakwood Villas is a condominium project which, its developers say, will be aimed at retirees or those who will soon retire. Because the project straddles the city/county line both the city and the county have to approve a rezoning.

  • Sixth graders may move out of BSTC

    Bedford area sixth graders, now holding classes at the Bedford Science and Technology Center, will likely be moved next year, probably to Bedford Elementary School.

    Bedford County School Superintendent Dr. James Blevins has asked the school board to consider moving second grade classes, currently meeting at the elementary school, to Bedford Primary School to free up space for the sixth graders to move to Bedford Elementary.

  • 'Skim and scan' to be added to selection process

    A committee looking into how Bedford County schools review books to be included in school libraries doesn't want to see its policy changed, but it does suggest adding another layer of protection ? a "skim and scan" approach.