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Today's News

  • Bill increases aid for post-high school education

    One of my top priorities in Congress has been increasing access to quality, affordable education. To make our region competitive in the global economy, we must invest in our workforce, starting with pre-K and continuing through college and community college. That’s why I was proud to support the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, which was included in the health care reconciliation bill that was signed into law on March 30, 2010. This measure will make college more affordable and at no cost to taxpayers by making common-sense reforms to the federal student loan system.

  • Putting Americans back to work

    More than 7 million jobs have been lost in the last three years and over 3 million of those jobs have been lost since the President signed the so-called stimulus plan into law last year.  Unfortunately, these are numbers that the American people are all too familiar with and yet the Congress continues to pursue an agenda that will further threaten American job creators.  While Americans are asking “Where are the jobs?”, the Majority in Congress continues to demonstrate that they do not understand the priorities of our constituents or appreciate how private sector

  • Moochers & looters or haves & have nots?

        Radio talk show personality Neil Boortz is popular with conservatives, especially those who consider themselves libertarians and/or independents.

        While Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh are obvious mouthpieces for the Republican Party, Boortz doesn’t play the party line.

  • Maybe it would be better to do nothing

        It looks like nobody is too keen on immigration reform, even the “Democrats.” Earlier this month, shortly after Senator Charles Schumer brought up the subject at a news conference, Senator Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, quickly said that it wouldn’t be addressed during this Senate work session. He didn’t offer an idea of when the “Democrats” would bring it up.

  • Back in the swing of things

    Less than two weeks after Staunton River upset Jefferson Forest on the Cav home diamond, the Golden Eagles were upended on their own turf.

  • JF beats SR; Minettes top LB

    Jefferson Forest easily dispatched County rival Staunton River as the softball season got back into swing on Monday night.

  • Sports commentary: Taxing topics

      You haven’t forgotten to do something, have you?

  • Our own shooting star

    She stands four feet, one inch tall.

    She’s all of eight and one half years old.

  • Free dental treatment

    The Mission of Mercy free dental clinic was held the weekend of March 27.

        With so large a turnout, the event was hosted at the Roanoke Civic Center.  More than 1,000 people received free dental care over the two-day affair.

        Unfortunately, several hundred people had to be turned away.  There was only so much that the volunteer dental staff could do over the weekend.

  • Stewardship plan

    A group of 23 volunteers planted 276 trees earlier this month at Falling Creek Park. Workers included members of the 4H Club, Bedford Women’s Club, Future Farmers of America, Virginia Master Naturalists, the Bedford County Agricultural Board and Boy Scout Troop 183.

        Bedford County Forester Todd Kready said that the trees were planted along Falling Creek’s flood plain and will reestablish a long-gone wooded buffer along the creek. The buffer will stabilize the soil, preventing erosion and filter runoff going into the creek.