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Today's News

  • Winter soldier hearings ignored

    A few weeks ago in Washington, D.C., Iraq Veterans Against the War sponsored the Winter Soldier Hearings, a public confessional by some of those who?d fought in Iraq and seen - and sometimes committed themselves - crimes against civilians.

    The word would be atrocities, such as what happened during the Vietnam War at the My Lai Massacre. But there are some people who can?t handle that word, and couldn?t handle it during Vietnam. So I looked it up.

  • Hillary is right on Iran

    As I mentioned last week, it?s rare that I agree with a ?Democrat? and I start to worry about myself when I find myself agreeing with Hillary Clinton two weeks in a row. However, I must once again say that Clinton is absolutely correct about a foreign policy issue. At least, she is right concerning her differences with Barack Obama on Iran.

    Clinton has described Iran as a threat to American interests in the Persian Gulf region. She also voted in favor of declaring Iran?s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization in September, and called for new sanctions against it.

  • Letters to the editor 4/16/08

    Letters to the editor

    Historic Big Otter Mill

    Ever wonder about that tall, beautiful red structure on Big Island Highway? It?s the historic Big Otter Mill (formerly Forbes Mill) and it is finally undergoing the restoration it deserves.

  • A taxing time

    If you?re reading this and haven?t yet filed your tax return for 2007 you?ve either filed for an extension or...

    You?re late!

    I hate filing taxes. I hated going through the process even when I was going to get some of my money back. That reality, however, at least eased the pain.

    But I especially hated it this week.

    Because of some one-time issues that kicked in this year I apparently owe more money. That just rubs salt in the wound all the more.

  • Saturday's event in Centertown will have everyone... Singing the blues

    Blues and barbecue.

    The two go together like salt and pepper and milk and cookies. Both add to the spice of life and while you can enjoy one alone, if you put them together it's even better.

    This Saturday, you can enjoy both.

    Centertown Bedford will come alive with the sounds of the Blues and the taste of the grill with Bedford Blues and BBQ.

  • School board reduces raises

    Though it had hoped to give teachers a 5.8 percent raise next year, the Bedford County School Board will likely cut raises to 4 percent or less next week when it finalizes the school budget.

    In a work session last Thursday, the school board debated how to balance the budget numbers it received from the Bedford County Board of Supervisors which came in some $2.1 million less than requested. Much of that difference will likely be saved by cutting the proposed raises.

  • County landfill expands

    Monday night, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors approved $97,000 for engineering services to prepare for a 10.1 acre expansion of the county?s landfill. This follows a lengthy process that the county had to go through to get a state Department of Environmental Quality permit to do this.

    In a phone interview prior to the meeting, Sheldon Cash, the county?s solid waste manager, said that this will be the first area added to the landfill since 1998 when a new 8-acre section was opened. The landfill currently covers 14 acres.

  • Supervisors make cuts before adopting budget

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors meeting to adopt the county?s budget began with a 5 p.m. work session and bad news.

    County Administrator Kathleen Guzi told the supervisors that the amount of money that the county will get from the Commonwealth has been reduced by $311,000. What?s worse is that this is an estimate that may be revised as late as Aug. 1.

  • Dual appointments

    It?s rare for two brothers to receive appointments to the same service academy at the same time, but it happened to two brothers from Forest this year.

    Congressman Bob Goodlatte?s office announced recently that Geoff and Josh Ranowsky have both received appointments to West Point. It?s the first time Goodlatte has ever done this.

    Josh Ranowsky, now a senior at Jefferson Forest High School (JFHS), said that this became possible because a recent Goodlatte appointee left the military academy, opening an extra slot for the 6th District Congressman.

  • Letters

    Response to letter

    Mr. Frank West of Moneta refers to Billy Hackworth's recent editorial as "ranting and drivel" which means to drool, slaver and foolish. After re-reading Mr. Hackworth's editorial, I fail to see the connection. Mr. Hackworth is letting the taxpayer of Bedford County know where a lot of their tax dollars are going. What's foolish about that?

    Does Mr. West have a "ranting and drivel" problem? Or does he know something about Sheriff Brown the county citizens need to know? You be the judge.

    Billy Burnette

    Bedford