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Today's News

  • Congress must reduce government spending

    Just days ago President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform met for the first time.  At that meeting Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke expressed extreme concern over the effect of out-of-control government spending on the future of our nation’s struggling economy.  Bernanke warned that “even after economic and financial conditions have returned to normal, in the absence of further policy actions, the federal budget appears set to remain on an unsustainable path.”  This same message was previously delivered by Peter Orsza

  • Agent Orange retroactive compensation

    In March and April of this year, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) made a couple of important announcements concerning the Agent Orange (AO) disability program.   These included an announcement of the proposed rule published March 25 in the Federal Register stating that about 86,000 Vietnam War veterans, their surviving spouse or estate will be eligible for retroactive disability compensation from the VA – an average of 11.4 years for the veteran and 9.6 years for survivors.

  • Perriello: Ready for a tough fight

        Conventional wisdom in the nation’s capital right now is that Democrats are up against it in this fall’s elections and will probably lose a great many House seats and at least a few seats in the Senate.

        Polling shows a very strong feeling against incumbents, but that feeling goes both ways, against Democrats and Republicans, too.

        The party in power in the White House almost always loses Congressional seats in mid-term elections. It is no different this year.

  • Time to stand for something

        “I believe in Jesus Christ and I want to thank my Lord and Savior for loving me the way He does,” - Nate Boyer, Bedford County Republican Party Chairman.

  • Minettes prevail over JF on softball diamond

    The Jefferson Forest- Liberty matchup held all the promise of  being a humdinger.

  • Lady Cavs top Minettes on the pitch

    The Jefferson Forest girls soccer team, held scoreless for 86 minutes, finally broke the Liberty hex to take a 1-0 double overtime win at the Minettes’ field.

  • Commentary: The "E" stands for Economics

      The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering a significant move.  This summer, the EPA will give a thumbs up (or down) on  upping the amount of ethanol in our gasoline by 50%.

  • Eagles are gracious hosts

    This past Friday, the Lords posted a trifecta sweep over their Eagle hosts.

  • Boxing coming to Bedford County

    The sweet science will set up shop in Bedford County in less than two weeks. 

        That’s right.  The sport of boxing will make a local appearance for the first time in recent memory, when a full card of fights will be held at Jefferson Forest High School’s gymnasium.  The big event will take place on Saturday, May 8.

        Consultation with the Bedford City/County Museum found that no one could recall the last time (if ever) professional boxing took place in Bedford.

  • Dancing With the Staff returns to Body Camp

    Body Camp Elementary School’s PTA will, once again, have Dancing With the Staff.

         According to Kelly Overstreet, who is organizing the event, the idea for the event comes from the TV show Dancing With the Stars. Members of the 5th grade are paired up with members of the staff and this team is taught a dance routine. The PTA sells tickets for the evening when these teams perform and the proceeds fund needs at the school.