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Today's News

  • Shop local first

    This Friday Centertown businesses are planning to stay open late as part of the Christmas kick-off festivities. We've said it before, and we'll say it again: If you haven't already shopped locally, this is a good time to start.

    Buying locally is more than a nice slogan, it's about supporting the community and those businesses that serve as its foundation. The lure to shop at the malls and stores in Lynchburg and Roanoke should be tempered with the reality of the unique options provided by the local merchants located in Bedford, and throughout the county.

  • Letters to the editor

    Response to Sheriff's election comment

    If Sheriff Brown is so disturbed by Mr. Green's negative race, then I personally would like for him to write an editorial explaining where Mr. Green and his supporters are wrong.

    He should be sure to explain how the deputies were falsely criticized. I thought the letters were very accurate. They caused him to give out more signs each week, but caused me to hear more complaints about him and his office every day.

  • Keeping the Internet safe for our children

    The Internet is one of the most useful inventions of all time. The Internet provides access to a wealth of information and services that enable our children to look up information for school projects, allows us to check the weather for Saturday?s soccer game, and even to order groceries online and have them delivered to our door. Unfortunately, the Internet can also be used by criminals to prey on our children.

  • Rising health care costs hit self-employed particularly hard

    A bill that is important to self-employed Americans has been introduced in the House of Representatives. I am a co-sponsor of HR 3660, which would amend the Internal Revenue Service Code to provide that the deduction for the health insurance costs of self-employed individuals be allowed in determining self-employment tax. Passage of this bill would end a significant inequity within the tax code, an inequity that penalizes self-employed citizens and makes it increasingly difficult to afford health coverage.

  • The problem of illegal immigrants (Part I)

    Many Bedford residents may not have given it a thought, but that does not mean we do not have a problem sitting at our door that the longer we put off addressing the more difficult it will be to resolve.

    The problem is illegal immigrants.

  • Stupid criminal tricks

    We are right in the midst of a prime air travel season. Thanksgiving is just behind us and Christmas is ahead. This brought to mind an opinion piece I read on the Internet earlier this month.

    It was written by somebody named Ed Feulner who was identified as the president of the Heritage Foundation. Feulner noted that we haven't been hit by a terrorist attack on U. S. soil since 9/11.

    "The reason we haven?t been hit is because U.S. authorities are actively pursuing ? and stopping ? individuals and groups intent on killing Americans," Feulner states.

  • Christmas Parade is Saturday

    The Bedford Christmas Parade will be held this Saturday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. in Historic Centertown Bedford.

    The Centertown Tree Lighting will be held at 6 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 30. A window decorating contest will also be held and those attending will be able to vote for their favorite decorated storefront.

    There will be carriage rides, caroling and refreshments to add to the festivities. Stores will stay open late offering holiday deals.

  • Developer's plan must harmonize with VDOT

    A project that George Aznavorian hopes to build near Bedford will depend on whether Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) requirements harmonize with his plans.

    Aznavorian has preliminary plans for a project to be called Harmony. Harmony's concept would be similar to that of Mayberry Hills in Moneta. There would be a commercial center, near U. S. 460, with a mixture of residential units farther back from the highway.

  • Board looks at accounting of funds provided to agencies

    Bedford County provides funds to outside agencies every year. No financial report is currently required from these organizations, but that could soon change.

    Monday night, County Administrator Kathleen Guzi presented the supervisors with three reporting options. Guzi said that these were based on discussion by the supervisors during past budget sessions.

  • Putney says Commonwealth is in a state of flux

    Delegate Lacey Putney described the Commonwealth as being in a state of flux following this month's election.

    Putney was the featured speaker at the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce's annual State of the Commonwealth luncheon, Tuesday. Putney, an independent, caucuses with the Republicans in the House of Delegates. Republicans retained control of the House by a 55 to 45 margin. Democrats will control the senate.

    "The coming session is certainly going to be unique," Putney said.

    "I feel optimistic that there is going to be a spirit of cooperation," he went on to say.