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Today's News

  • Businesses open up in former city electric building

    The old Electric Department Building on Depot Street, in Bedford, has gone to the dogs.

    At least part of it has, but that's good. Paw Wash, a dog grooming business is one of the new businesses that have opened in the former city electric building.

    Jenne Chelloram served her first furry customers on Dec. 11.

    Paw Wash is equipped with state of the art pet grooming equipment and has its own dedicated parking next to the building. It even has provisions for meeting doggie toilet needs.

  • Landmark announces potential sale

    Landmark Communications Inc. officials were holding a series of meetings Thursday withemployees to discussplans to explore selling the Norfolk-based company, which includes the Bedford Bulletin and the Roanoke Times.

    "At this early stage, we cannot speculate on where this process will lead," Landmark's chief executive and chairman Frank Batten Jr. said in an e-mailed memo to employees Thursday morning.

    Landmark, parent of The Bulletin, announced last night that it has hired national investment firms to handle the potential sale.

  • Commentary: On Bowl game gifts

    A pal of mine sent me a listing of gifts that players receive for their participation in the various football bowl games.

    There are some very nice items on the listing, representing a small token to make up for the time and effort that these players put into preparing for the games. Frankly, this is the first time I'd ever heard of the practice. But, I guess if movie stars get gift bags for showing up to the Oscars, it's not unreasonable to see players get some small gesture of appreciation.

  • 'Brawled' Lang Syne

    While most folks were out buying chicken wings and party favors or locking down their lineup for bowl game viewing, wrestlers from far and wide were putting off their New Year's preparations. Instead, they were at Liberty High School to participate in the Bedford Brawl.

    Salem earned top honors for first year coach Randall Sell who, having led the Staunton River program last year, can't seem to stay away from Bedford County. Last weekend, the Spartans were involved in the River Rumble.

  • Let the races begin

    This year could prove to be one of the most interesting ? and important ? presidential campaign seasons in some time.

    On both sides of the major party tickets, the races appear to be up in the air. For the first time since 1928, both parties enter the nomination process without a sitting president or vice president in the running. What happens in the next six weeks of primaries and caucuses will set the stage for what could be a contentious election, once the major candidates are set.

    Let the races begin.

  • What Ron Paul gets right

    The words were spoken in 1961, when a popular two-term president was leaving office. Dwight Eisenhower had seen war up close, and had also personally witnessed some of the evil by-products of war. He saw the victims in the Nazi death camps when they were freed by his troops.

  • Peace in the Middle East

    Just a few weeks ago, President Bush and Secretary of State Rice hosted an international conference at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. The conference focused on supporting the efforts of Israeli Prime Minister Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Abbas on their road to peace.

  • Do-Not-Call Registry to be made permanent

    After months of posturing by the Democrat leadership in the House of Representatives over the future of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), the simple legislation to extend the existing program was agreed to on a vote of 411-to-three. This extension does not include an increase in taxes that some had advocated in order to extend the SCHIP program to those making up to $61,000 and to make it easier for recent immigrants and illegals to access the SCHIP program.

  • A coronation stumble?

    We'll find out tomorrow whether the "Democratic" Party's establishment will regret the party's heavily front-loaded primary and caucus schedule.

  • Seatbelt saved teen driver

    Trees along a curved section Va. 24, between Spradlin Road and Morgans Mill Road bear the signs of motor vehicle accidents.

    One of those was made by a Staunton River High School student on May 1. Katherine Hogan believes she is alive today because of the "granny car", a 1996 Mercury Sable, that her family got for her to drive and the fact that she always wears her seatbelt.