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Today's News

  • Another Kennedy in the Senate?

        In 1946, a young Massachusetts naval veteran named John F. Kennedy got elected to a seat in the House of Representatives. A member of that family has served in the federal government at some level ever since.

        Just when it looked like Sen.     Ted Kennedy’s declining health might leave the U.S. Senate without a Kennedy since 1963, his niece, and JFK’s daughter, emerged recently as a possible choice to replace Hillary Clinton.

  • Aerial photo library will help emergency services

    An important new resource will be in the hands of each county and city government in the Fifth District of Virginia beginning early next year.  Nearly a year ago, I began working with the Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle County Emergency Communications Center to obtain funding for a new visual intelligence technology resource, pictometry, to all the jurisdictions of the Fifth District, which will greatly benefit first responders and local government agencies in our area.

     

  • Wishing You a Happy Holiday Season

    The holiday season is well underway: there are lights on our neighbors’ window sills, wreaths hanging from city street lights, children are lining up in local shopping centers for a picture with Santa, and there are shopping lists for family and friends.  This time of year can seem so hectic and can quickly pass us by as we rush from task to task attempting to pack in so much in a short amount of time.  It is often in this hustle and bustle that the true meaning of Christmas is sometimes forgotten or overlooked.  

  • Letters

    Spreading the sludge

        A rose by any other name is sweet and lovely to behold. Sewage sludge by any other name BioSolids is stench and not lovely to behold.

  • Racing towards Christmas

      Freezing temperatures did little to chill the enthusiasm of several hundred hardy runners who competed in this year’s Peaks of Otter Christmas Classic.

  • Basketball off to tepid start

      Non-district basketball play opened in gymnasiums across the county.

    While the games have no bearing on standings, seedings and such, they do provide an insight into what can be expected once Seminole play begins.

  • Wrestlers take to mats with Salem in mind

      A familiar refrain is ringing through the wrestling rooms and gymnasiums of the county squads:  Knock off Brookville.

  • Fire destroys home; owner injured in blaze

    A fire in the 1800 block of Lazenbury Dr. in Bedford County Wednesday afternoon left the homeowner with second and third degree burns and her home destroyed. Family members are hoping, however, that Barbara Hamilton will be home for Christmas.

        “She’s doing a little better,” Debbie Bowyer said of her mom, stating that she was still at Lynchburg General Hospital recovering from her burns.

  • The lights are on

    Paul D. Helsel, who heads up the Elks organization nationwide, was sure that there would be a line of cars near the Elks National Home full of people hoping his remarks would be brief. He was right. As soon as he pressed the switch that turned on the lights Friday night, a steady stream of cars began rolling into the Elks Home property.

  • Smyth receives ‘Best Workplace’ designation

    Smyth Companies, Inc. has been designated as “Best Workplace” for 2008 by the “Best Workplace in the Americas” program. 

        The program is administered by Printing  Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF), and is awarded to  companies who demonstrate exceptional practices in the area of human resources and employee relations.