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Today's News

  • Family readiness group leader honored for work

    According to Sergeant First Class Howard Holt (U. S. Army, ret.), a family readiness group leader is only supposed to serve in that role for three or four years. He noted that that was the pre 9/11 standard. Janine Fowler did it for six. This included the company's deployment to Afghanistan.

    Recently, Bedford's National Guard company gave her a plaque honoring that work. It was a surprise. Two sergeants, in camouflage, showed up at Bedford's H and R Block office where Fowler works as the office manager.

    How did she start doing that volunteer job in the first place?

  • Calf marked with perfect heart born to Bedford County farm family

    Mother Nature decided to deliver an early Valentine?s Day gift to one Bedford County family this year.

    It did not, however, come in the holiday?s traditional pink or red packaging. This bundle was black and white and shaped like a calf. A calf, that is, with a perfect white heart marking an otherwise solid black flank.

    ?We were so excited about the new baby that we didn?t even notice it at first,? said owner Elizabeth Akenhead, describing the calf?s Jan. 16 birth. ?We thought the mom was only eight months along, so we weren?t expecting him until late February.?

  • Commentary--Let's not give home schoolers the short end of the stick

    My favorite line whenever someone tells me he?s home schooling his kids is ?Oh, you just wanted him to be class valedictorian...? Ba-da-bing.

    I?m usually the only one who laughs at the joke. Seems these home school folks are a serious lot when it comes to their kids.

    Last week, the home school bunch took a serious shot to the chops when the Education Committee of Virginia?s House of Delegates voted to defeat House Bill 375. The legislation would have allowed home schooled students to participate in VHSL sanctioned activities within their resident school districts.

  • Lady Eagles settle for second; JF, Minettes nail Devils

    The Staunton River girls dropped a heart-wrenching game at Brookville, 55-49, giving the Golden Eagles their third loss of the season to the undefeated Bees (River has only one other loss).

    However, this game was eminently winnable, unlike the other two games. It is obvious that Staunton River has learned to play with the high-flying Bees.

  • Boys' hoops District standings firm up

    Brookville completed its stranglehold on first place in the Seminole District. The only question for the Bees, at this point, is whether they will run the District gauntlet in undefeated fashion. The smart money says they will.

    Brookville has assured itself of a first round bye in the District tourney and an automatic first round game in the Regional. Liberty, which settled for second place when it lost 83-66 to Brookville, is only assured of a home opener in the Districts, most likely against Staunton River.

  • Letters

    Save teacher positions at Big Island Elementary

    We being concerned citizens, residents, grandparents, and parents of the Big Island School District and of the Bedford County School System strongly, urgently, and respectfully request that the Bedford County School Board reconsider the elimination of teacher positions at Big Island Elementary School.

  • A moment of clarity

    The work of the General Assembly often descends into a sort of numb rush, as subcommittee chairs hustle bills through like fast-moving trains. Explanations are given, objections are made, amendments are tacked on, all in perfunctory fashion.

  • Promoting responsible government

    Working to reduce government waste is a significant undertaking and one to which I remain firmly dedicated even in a Congress where excessive spending runs rampant. It is critical to ensure that the Congress responsibly manages federal spending, especially our tax dollars, to fund our nation’s priorities through greater transparency and accountability. That is why I have worked to rein in wasteful and unnecessary spending by voting for the tightest budgets offered and supporting reductions in overall government spending.

  • Bill increases taxpayer liability for illegal immigrants

    Once again, the issue of the huge expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) came before the U. S. House of Representatives. For the fourth time in this Congress we had a vote on whether to expand the income guidelines by at least 50 percent for the SCHIP program and to significantly weaken the citizenship requirements for SCHIP. The issue is one of great expansion and not re-authorizing the existing program, which has already passed.

  • Delayed filing results in loss of VA benefits

    In July 2007 my office implemented a program of providing monthly information articles for publication in newspapers serving Lynchburg; and also Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell counties.