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Today's News

  • Letters

    Who is Barack Obama?

    I have had quite a few letters and feature articles printed in this paper in the past, but it has been a long time since I submitted anything.

    My mom was Josephine DeWitt who was a Kelso News correspondent for over 50 years.

    This is a very important topic at a very strategic time in our country.

  • The importance of reducing wasteful government sSpending

    Reducing government waste has been a top priority for me since arriving in Congress. Congress is charged with the power of the purse and that is a responsibility we cannot take lightly. As we face significant expenditures, such as the passage of the recent $700 billion Wall Street bailout bill, which I voted against, we have a responsibility to ensure that American tax dollars are being spent responsibly and do not get lost in wasteful spending.

  • Fraud played a role in financial crisis

    In passing legislation to bail out Wall Street in the financial crisis, mention has been made of the sub-prime loans that were offered to home buyers who could not afford to pay their mortgages. What has been omitted from almost all discussions is the role that sub-prime loans given to illegal immigrants played in this crisis. Nothing in the bailout legislation addresses dealing with illegals and sub-prime mortgages.

  • New major sculpture arrives at D-Day Memorial

    A major bronze sculpture arrived at the National D-Day Memorial last week.

    This one, bearing the name, “Across the Beach,” will go on the the edge of the memorial's pool, replacing a sculpture of two soldiers already there.

    “This goes right back where it used to be,” said Jim Brothers the artist who created both, pointing to the earlier sculpture as workmen prepared to move it.

  • Charges added in abduction case

    A Bedford County man, already facing five felony charges for allegedly abducting and raping a Bedford County woman the day after Christmas last year, is now facing five more felony counts in connection with the case.

  • Fire destroys hangars at New London

    A fire at New London Airport, Saturday, destroyed two hangars and damaged a third.

    The airport also doubles as a drag strip on the weekends. Kevin Murray and his wife, Martha, were at the opposite end of the runway when the noticed it. By the time they got up to the buildings there was a plume of thick black smoke rising into the air.

  • County to look into expanding broadband access

    Bedford County's supervisors have directed county staff to present proposals for expanding broadband Internet access in the county.

  • Religious assembly changes move forward

    Changes to the county's zoning ordinance to make it friendlier to religious assemblies has been in the works for months.

    Monday night, Bedford County's planning commission voted unanimously to move the changes forward to a joint public hearing with the Bedford County Board of Supervisors. District 5 Planning Commissioner Steve Stevick was absent.

    The hearing is scheduled for Nov. 10. The supervisors have the final say on all changes to county ordinances

  • City eliminates decal fees, raises personal property taxes

    Decal fees are out, but personal property taxes are up in Bedford as a result of action taken by City Council Tuesday.

    Following the lead of surrounding communities — including a recent decision by Bedford County — Council voted 6-0 to drop the city's vehicle decals and fees, while raising the personal property tax from $1.80 to $2.17 per $100 of assessed value. Councilman Tom Padgett was not at the meeting.

  • After a decade of discussions and 2 1/2 years of work, JFHS has upgraded facility

    The Forest community got a look Tuesday at the completed work of the $38.5 million Jefferson Forest High School Renovation Project.

    A dedication ceremony and open house for the project were scheduled to take place at the school yesterday. What those attending were scheduled to see — in addition to a project that finished up under budget and some eight months ahead of schedule — was a school featuring both practical construction and showcase facilities.