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Today's News

  • Session sets new standard for efficiency

    There’s just one week remaining until the scheduled end of this year’s session of the Virginia General Assembly. This is the part of the session where delegates and senators meet to work out the final details on a wide range of legislation, and when an agreement must be reached to reconcile the differing versions of the budget approved by the Senate and the House.

  • Conservatism can't decline

    It’s not possible for “conservatism” to decline. That’s because there is no such thing as “conservatism.”

  • The Obama phenomenon

    As Barack Obama moves closer and closer to the Democratic nomination for president, his campaign resembles something that’s more like a movement, as in civil rights “movement,” or women’s right “movement.”

    Crowds for his rallies have been two or three times larger than either Hillary Clinton or any of his previous Democratic opponents. Much has been said about his soaring rhetoric, and if you take the time to listen to a whole speech, you understand why.

  • A place of worship

    edford County officials have now gone on record that the county has no intent to regulate the subject matter of what its citizens seek to do when they exercise their constitutional right to assemble.

    That’s admirable, but it really wasn’t ever the issue that brought national attention to the county after county officials told the Cowboy Church in Moneta more than a year ago that it had to stop worshiping in a barn.

    At the heart of that issue was the use of facilities and the zoning regulations surrounding it.

  • Bedford woman trains dogs to help young, old

    In addition to being good friends, dogs provide service in many ways. Service dog is one line of work that many are involved in. It takes a lot of special training to prepare them for this job.

    A local woman, Cassondra Cummin of Bedford, has been training service dogs for a number of years. One unusual feature of her service dog training work is that her trainees all come from the Bedford Animal Shelter.

    Cummin tests candidates.

  • Committee looks at zoning ordinance, worship

    Representatives of local churches and county planning officials are meeting to make sure that the county zoning ordinance does not interfere with churches' right to worship.

    This became an issue in 2006 when the Cowboy Church began meeting on a farm in Moneta. The Cowboy Church holds worship on Thursday nights in facilities that are not normally used for religious worship. The idea is to reach people who would not normally go to a church. The Cowboy Church was meeting in a barn normally used as part of a horse auction facility.

  • Bedford woman takes special trip to celebrate her Leap Day birthday

    On Friday Alicia McClure had her eighth birthday.

    But don't let her students at Staunton River High School say they're older than her. They've simply had more birthdays.

    McClure was born on Feb. 29, 1976, in Rockford, Ill. She celebrated her birthday last week by going to New York City to be part of a group of people born on Leap Day that made up the audience of the Martha Stewart Show. The show was actually taped on Tuesday and aired Friday.

  • Husband arrested in connection with Forest woman's death

    The husband of a Forest woman who died as the result of a gunshot wound in December now has a lawyer — and a court date.

    And even as he was being arrested last week for the murder of his wife, investigators were continuing their investigation by searching a trailer he had rented in Chesapeake.

    After more than a two-month investigation, Wesley Brian Earnest, 37, of Moneta was arrested for shooting his wife, Jocelyn Earnest, 38, of 1482 Pine Bluff Drive, Forest, at her home. He is currently being held without bond at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail.

  • Cell tower rejected

    Bedford County's planning commission said no, Monday night, to a proposal to extend an existing cell tower's height by 20 feet.

    The cell tower, located in the Chamblissburg area, belongs to TowerCo. There are two cell towers on the site and the proposal would involve eliminating one of them.

  • Play to raise funds for school

    Bedford Christian Academy plans to roll a history lesson and a fundraiser into one this month.

    The Rev. Travis Witt, the pastor of Bedford's Lion of Judah church, is also the director of development for the non-denominational Christian school. The school has a board of directors consisting of pastors from several local churches.