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Today's News

  • Change is an empty word

    What does “change” mean? It depends on what's being changed.

    Some changes are for the better. Replacing an old clunker with a new car, for example, is a change for the better. Getting a pay raise at work is also an improvement.

    Some changes are neutral, they make no real difference to you. A major retailer may strong-arm manufacturers into making packaging changes to take up less shelf space. This change may be meaningless to you, although the manufacturers are sure to put a positive marketing spin on it.

  • Shameful actions

    The American people deserve better.

    At a time when the economy is hanging in the balance, all many of this nation's so called leaders can seem to do is bicker, blame and practice partisan politics.

    They all should be ashamed.

  • Bill ends Mexican trucks program
  • Goode, Goodlatte not likely to lose

    In a year when Democrats appear poised to take back the White House and increase their majorities in the U.S. Senate and House, we still can’t realistically expect to see any of those results in local Congressional races.

    It’s been said that “there are no safe Republican incumbents anywhere” this year. But that’s nonsense.

  • D-Day Memorial dedicates chapel site

    The National D-Day Memorial consecrated a site for field chapel services, Monday on the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, using a liturgy from the 1940 Service and Song Book for Soldiers and Sailors.

    This service had a familiar quality to people familiar with Anglican worship forms. Dr. William McIntosh, the D-Day Memorial Foundation's director, said that this World War II service book derived a great deal from Episcopalian liturgy.

  • Tax measure passes

    Bedford County's supervisors voted last week to accept a plan to eliminate personal property tax decals.

    The measure passed unanimously although two supervisors, District 2 Supervisor Chuck Neudorfer and District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek had reservations about it. Board Chairman Steve Arrrington and District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard were absent.

  • Big Island man receives 45 year sentence

    A Big Island man will spend the next 45 years in prison for sodomizing six children, some younger than 6 years old.

    Gregory D. Burton, 36, was sentenced in Bedford County Circuit Court Tuesday morning for 13 counts of forcible sodomy and one count of aggravated sexual battery. Burton had entered Alford pleas on the charges this summer. An Alford plea, which carries the same effect as a guilty plea, meant Burton didn't admit his guilt, but felt the plea was in his best interest.

    He continued to maintain his innocence at Tuesday's sentencing hearing.

  • Big Island student diagnosed with MRSA

    Bedford County Public Schools had its first confirmed case of MRSA this year, according to Ryan Edwards, the school division's spokesman.

    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a stain of Staphylococcus aureus, a common type of bacteria, that has developed a resistance to a large family of antibiotics that includes methicillin and penicillin. It is, however, treatable by other types of antibiotics.

  • Flash drive taken to school leads to child porn convictions

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

    David Shannon Caldwell, 24, pleaded guilty in Bedford County Circuit Court on Tuesday to six counts of possessing child pornography. The charges stem from an incident in May 2007 in which a student at LHS gave a school secretary a flash drive to run off a school assignment. According to the charges, when the secretary plugged the flash drive into her computer, pornographic images appeared.

  • The Ghosts of Avenel?

    Avenel is an antebellum plantation house has stood since 1838. Sue Soreno of Ghostec believes that some of its former residents may have left something behind, something of themselves.

    Ghostec, which Soreno and a few others formed three years ago, investigates paranormal activity — ghosts. She believes a ghost is what is left after a person's body dies — a field of energy, collected in one place, that contains the person's personality.