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Today's News

  • Long campaign comes to an end

    Deadlines for columns being what they are, it wasn’t possible to comment this week on the results of the presidential election. The verdict wasn’t known before your favorite liberal needed to submit his, uhee.“latest screed.”

    I’ll be glad to weigh in on that next week. I hope, though, that however things came out, we can learn some lessons from this incredibly long marathon that we call a presidential election.

  • A monkey's uncle

    It always surprises me that Rick Howell is so concerned about global warming. Last week, in his Liberal Agenda he listed this as one of the serious challenges we face.

  • When it comes to monitoring teens television viewing, parents must decide the remote stops here

    There really shouldn't be any surprise at this: Teens who watch Sex in the City, and similar type shows, are more likely to get pregnant.

    That headline hit the national newspapers this week to some fanfare but, unfortunately, no call to arms. Television programming will certainly not be affected by such a revelation. We're way beyond that. The best we can hope for is that parents will once again be reminded about their roles in monitoring just what it is that their children are taking in — whether it's from the TV, their Ipods or the Internet.

  • Letters

    HFH is benefit to the city

    Robert Wandrei, in the write up on individuals running for City Council, noted again that he supports taxpayer money going to some outside agencies but not to Habitat for Humanity as it builds only one house per year benefiting a small number of people.

  • Grand jury indicts former SRHS teacher on three more charges

    A former Staunton River High School teacher, arrested in January for having a sexual relationship with a student at the school in 2005, is now facing three more charges of taking indecent liberties with a child.

    Last month, a Bedford Grand Jury indicted David Allen Cherry, 39, of Forest on those additional charges. He had been indicted in April on four charges of taking indecent liberties with a minor while in a custodial relationship.

  • Former school employee guilty of embezzlement charge

    A former New London Academy cafeteria employee pleaded guilty to embezzlement last month in connection with money taken from the school nutrition fund.

    Barbara Allen Wilson, 52, of Goode, faced one charge for taking in excess of $200 from the school during the time period Aug. 25, 2007, to March 31, 2008.

  • New digital images improve X-ray use at BMH

    Bedford Memorial's radiology department's switch to digital X-rays is providing a number of advantages, according to hospital officials.

    Don Updike, the hospital's director of imaging services, said that a major advantage is that a digital image can be enhanced for interpretation.

    “That's a huge plus for our radiologists,” he said.

  • Camp plans opposed

    A plan by Garland Simmons to build a 16-acre campground, with five cabins, doesn't sit well with a number of his neighbors. The campground is off Meador Spur Road. Members of the Bedford County Planning Commission also had questions about it when the request for the necessary special use permit came before them Monday night.

  • About recounts

    In Virginia, there are no automatic recounts; only the presumptive losing candidate can ask for a recount; and only in cases where the difference between the apparent winning and losing candidate is not more than 1 percent of the total votes cast for the two candidates. The apparent loser cannot request a recount until after the election is certified.

  • You don't need to leave to succeed, notes local businessman

    Local businessman Ronnie Miller notes that it's not necessary to leave the Bedford area to succeed.

    Miller spoke at the local NAACP's annual Freedom Fund banquet, held at the Peaks of Otter Association's building on Shiloh Church Road. Local NAACP branches across the country hold Freedom Fund banquets to celebrate the past and continue the organization's legacy. Proceeds from the Bedford Branch's banquet are used for local scholarships. The NAACP, itself, is at a historic juncture and will celebrate its centennial next year.