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Today's News

  • Promoting tourism, business

    Bedford City Council received an update from Bedford Main Street and the Welcome Center during its meeting last week.

        After two soggy Centerfests in a row, this year’s event benefited from good weather. Dan Plattus, Main Street’s office manager, said that Centerfest brought 17,000 people into Bedford’s Centertown. Plattus said that the organization expanded the festival’s footprint this year to additional streets. That meant that vendors were not crowded.

  • Property values down, overall, in county

    Property values in Bedford County are going down.

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors learned, at a work session last week, the results of the real estate reassessment that was completed this year.
        Don Thomas, of Wingate & Associates, told the supervisors that the company had assessed 47,000 parcels and the average value had decreased by 2.71 percent from last year’s taxable base.
        This, however, varied a great deal according to the type of property and where it was located.

  • Sports commentary: Return this idea to sender

     Jamie the Mailman keeps telling me that he wants to see a BCS championship game featuring Boise State and Texas Christian (TCU).

    One of the great things about this job is that I can use this space to publicly point out how wrong Jamie the Mailman is.

  • Long Black Train keeps rolling

    The long black train made a scheduled stop in Harrisonburg.

    All aboard!

  • Staunton River falls short at Northside

    In life, your success is usually based on what you make of your opportunities.

    Same with football.

  • Liberty grabs share of Seminole, top seed with win over Heritage

    They don’t all have to be pretty.

    Liberty showed that it is an indiscriminate winner, taking the good and the bad, as long as it translates into a win.

  • Honoring those who have served and sacrificed

    It is truly an honor to pay tribute to our nation’s veterans. America was founded on the principles of liberty, opportunity and justice for all, and on Veterans Day we recognize the men and women of our armed forces who have valiantly defended these values throughout our nation’s history. We ensure that their willingness to answer the call of their country on foreign battlefields will not quickly be forgotten.

  • Gulf War illnesses

    In the recent past, Department of Veterans Affairs has taken actions to make it easier for those who served in the Persian Gulf War or Afghanistan to obtain disability compensation for certain diseases.

  • Perriello and Boucher deserved better

        The mid-term elections that put Republicans in charge of the House still left them as a minority in the Senate. It created for them a new imperative: they’ll have to show what they’re for instead of what they’re against.

        Locally, Tom Perriello waged a very determined and energetic campaign in the face of an anti-incumbent sentiment that was just too ferocious to overcome.

  • Political party elites beware!

        The “Democrats” got a lesson in democracy last week. In the largest sweep of the House of Representatives since 1948, Republicans secured a net gain of 60 seats. They needed 39 seats to win a majority. “Democrats” retained a bare majority in the Senate.