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Today's News

  • Drilling moratorium should be lifted

    Last week’s newsletter discussed the efforts by some of us on the Interior Subcommittee of the House appropriations Committee to get an amendment adopted to lift the moratorium on drilling for oil and natural gas on the outer continental shelf in at Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Gulf of Mexico. Since that newsletter, there have been some further developments.

  • Protect Smith Mountain Lake

    What is TLAC’s Protect Smith Mountain Lake Campaign?

    Everyone who enjoys Smith Mountain Lake can take measures to protect the lake. The Tri-County Lake Administrative Commission’s (TLAC) Awareness Campaign brings attention to measures we can all take to protect this valuable resource.

  • Food and water safety

    Today is the third edition in Virginia Cooperative Extension’s series.

    We’ve given you several tips about how to ready your family for emergencies and disasters. But maybe you still have questions about food? What type of water is safe to use? What ways can you cook when the power goes off? How long will your food stay fresh when the power goes off? We plan on answering these questions today.

  • Gilmore candidacy proves Va. GOP's lethargy

    In what shapes up as an extremely difficult year for national Republicans, the Virginia Republican Party is facing a tough task of its own.

    The selection of former governor Jim Gilmore as the party’s U.S. Senate candidate can only be seen in psychological terms: it’s either a cry for help or an admission of failure.

    Gilmore was a one-note governor who got into office on an anti-tax scheme that was never going to work and never did work. The mission was to wage war on taxes, regardless of the importance of the revenue.

  • I'm not a George W. Bush fan

    Last week, Al Gore finally got around to endorsing Barack Obama, his own presidential aspirations being even more unrealistic than Hillary Clinton's. In the endorsement, he blasted President Bush, blaming him for just about everything from the war in Iraq to athlete's foot. Liberals so hate Bush that they almost become incoherent when talking about him.

  • Slow down or move over because there's too much at stake

    With summer traffic in full gear it's time for a reminder: Slow down or move over when passing emergency personnel on Virginia roadways.

    Of course, that should also apply to roads in any state your travels may take you this year.

    Recent events involving Virginia State Police troopers serve as a reminder to make this a priority.

  • Letters

    City's budget and charities

    I'm sure that the different organizations and charities, in these times of financial hardship, still appreciate any funding from the City, even if it was halved for some of them. (Real Estate tax rate article, June 18).

  • Flash drive brought to school leads to child pornography charges

    A flash drive that was plugged into a computer at Liberty High School has led to six counts of possession of child pornography against a Bedford man.

    David Shannon Caldwell, 24, was arrested earlier this month on the charges, following indictments handed down by a Bedford County Grand Jury.

  • Former school employee faces embezzlement charge

    A former New London Academy cafeteria employee faces an embezzlement charge in connection with money taken from the school nutrition fund.

    Barbara Allen Wilson, 51, of Goode, faces one charge for taking in excess of $200 from the school during the time period Aug. 25, 2007, to March 31, 2008.

  • Tattoo parlor approved

    Bedford City Council approved a conditional use permit, at its Tuesday night meeting, for a tattoo parlor in the 6C's Shopping Center.

    The first order of business was to amend the city's zoning ordinance to allow a tattoo parlor in a General Business District zone. This passed council with a unanimous vote and little discussion.