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Today's News

  • Showing the spirit of Christmas

        A challenge by Forest Middle School civics teachers resulted in their students collecting 1,720 non-perishable food items in five school days.

        “We teach children about helping the community for the common good,” said Rhonda Luckie, one of the three civics teachers involved.

        “We simply challenged the students,” commented Cori Fairchaild, another teacher.

  • Runk & Pratt move

    Runk & Pratt has completed moving all the residents from its Bedford facility to its new facility in Westlake Towne Center, located off Scruggs Road, on the Franklin County side of Smith Mountain Lake. Twenty-eight residents made the move.

        According to Vickie Runk, one of Runk & Pratt’s owners, this consolidation was part of the plan when design work began on the new facility four years ago. The Smith Mountain Lake facility was completed in October, 2008.

  • And if the snow wasn’t enough...

    As if dealing with this weekend’s record snowstorm wasn’t enough, city of Bedford public works employees also had to deal with a major water line break that occurred Saturday.

        Although the break was repaired by early Sunday, water tanks and lines were drained, which meant residents woke up Sunday morning with low water pressure, if any at all.

        By late afternoon, the tanks reached normal levels and allowed for gradual improvement in water pressure throughout the city.

  • The Christmas account

    And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

        (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

        And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

        And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

  • Letters

    About the parade

        I am writing to express my opinion on the cancellation of the Christmas Parade. As how good or bad the parade would have been, I have been going as long as I can recall as I am almost 61 years young.

        I know that there is a lot of work put into the floats and etc. and to just cancel altogether is a joke.

        What in the world would have been wrong with the next day or next week? You can have a parade any night or day, can’t you?

  • Congress shouldn't get a pay raise

    As this year winds to a close, I continue to focus on economic recovery and the fiscal discipline to bring our deficit under control.

    First, I have once again signed on as co-sponsor of a measure to block members of Congress from receiving automatic pay increases, this time for the 2011 fiscal year. On January 7, 2009 — the day after being sworn into office — I co-sponsored H.R. 156, which blocked the automatic pay increase for FY2010. The measure was successfully adopted by congressional leaders over the summer.

  • Peace and goodwill to all

    This is a blessed season marked by the company of family and friends, a child-like anticipation of presents under the tree, and perhaps even the hope of a midnight snowfall.   It is a season rooted in traditions and celebrations of all kinds. 

  • Moving forward responsibly on health carer reform

    Like all of my colleagues in the Democratic Party, I voted in favor of proceeding to debate the proposed health- care reform legislation. I have yet to decide whether I will support final passage of the bill.

     

  • Veterans' affairs: Time to file claims for 2009 medical expenses

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has advised claims for reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical expenses incurred during 2009 will be accepted beginning January 1, 2010. 

  • Christmas gifts for the political world

        There are only days now before we all find out what’s under the Christmas tree for us. I thought it might be fun to speculate about what gifts certain politicians - if this were a just world - should receive for Christmas.

        For U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, there is one gift that would certainly warm his heart: Large, gold-framed photos of all the CEOs of the major insurance companies that run his state of Connecticut, and run him.