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Today's News

  • More than a ton of documents cut into pieces

    The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, along with CINTAS, sponsored a community shred last week. The free shredding opportunity was held in conjunction with a chamber event at the Bedford Armory.

    CINTAS operates a commercial document shredding business and one of its trucks rolled up to the Armory, doing the shredding right on site. The shredding started at 5:30 p.m. and by the time it closed up at 7 p.m. the company had shredded 2,400 pounds of documents. All of the paper shred is recycled, so it stays out of local landfills.

  • Appomattox man enters plea for slashing

    A 58-year-old Appomattox man pleaded no contest last week to malicious wounding following a dispute over the rent of a home.

    Curtis Junior Martin had also faced charges of aggravated malicious wounding and attempted murder, but those charges weren't prosecuted following his plea. The no contest plea carries the same result as a guilty plea.

  • Football and drugs--commentary

    As nearly all of you know, in Amherst County, the star quarterback of the football team (state player of the year, in fact) was busted for dealing drugs in his school.

    Last week, Virginia Tech pulled its offer of a full football scholarship. The young man still faces felony charges.

    In discussing the incident with area teachers, coaches, students and fans, the same things are said over and over: How stupid. What was he thinking? What a wasted opportunity.

    The purpose of this column isn?t to pile on.

  • Tracksters off to States

    Staunton River?s Sarah Witt and James Bell made the trip back from the Region III championship track meet at Liberty University with Bedford County?s only individual championships in hand.

    Witt was stellar in taking top honors in both the 100 and 300 hurdles. Bell took up where he left off the indoor season, winning the pole vault. This time, the competition, in the form of Josh Drablos of Forest was a little stiffer. Bell?s 14? 03 vault edged Drablos by 3 inches.

  • Forest soccer teams sweep to tourney crowns

    All those that paid the five dollar admission fee to the boys? and girls? Seminole District soccer tournament championship doubleheader got their money?s worth, and then some.

    Both matches went into overtime, with host Forest coming out on top in each. The tournament trophies that the Cavs and Lady Cavs earned became matched sets with the regular season championship hardware they were also awarded.

    Gals put on a show

    A classic.

  • Cavs take Seminole baseball tourney crown

    Some pundits claim that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result.

    Well, count the Jefferson Forest baseball team among the more sane.

    The team relied, yet again, on its tried and true formula of young pitching, backed by veteran defense and supplemented by help from all parts of the batting order.

  • Reforming America's farm policy

    Just last week the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Conference Report on the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008, commonly referred to as the farm bill. As the lead House Republican negotiator on the farm bill conference, I was pleased to lead the charge in reforming various aspects of federal farm policy and help craft the most reform-minded farm bill in the history of the Congress.

  • Shining sunlight on Virginia's energy needs

    Solar power harnesses the energy of the sun to run some of the things that most of us use in our daily lives. Solar is an important form of alternative energy that is gaining customers and the attention of businesses.

  • GOP loses three special House elections

    Republicans looking for any sign of hope for the presidential election - beyond the temporary Obama/Clinton fight - haven’t been able to find it in recent special elections for the House of Representatives.

    If three strikes and you’re out is the rule in both baseball and politics, then Republicans look to be finished this fall. They’ve lost not one, not two, but three special elections for House seats in recent months.

  • None of them have the answer

    Although we don't yet know who our next president will be, there is one thing that is certain. Our next president will inherit a profoundly damaged economy when he takes office next year.

    Of course, political party hacks will try to blame it on the opposite party. Rick Howell, I'm sure, will tell us how it is all the Republicans' fault and how the "Democrats" are gonna save us all.