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Today's News

  • Protecting the Chesapeake Bay

    Earlier this week, I joined several hundred individuals attending a meeting to express their concerns over EPA’s recent draft Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) regulation.  The TMDL mandate sets strict limits on the amount of nutrients that point sources, such as water treatment plants, and non-point sources, such as farms, can discharge.  The limits that EPA is proposing have far-reaching consequences for everyone who lives, works, and farms in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. 

  • Robert Hurt’s ‘he didn’t listen’ campaign

        Congressman Tom Perriello’s campaign for re-election continues to have national implications, as Republicans seek to prove that they can overcome the public’s mistrust of them and, somehow, gain a majority of seats in the House of Representatives.

  • A legislative remedy would be better

        Last week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Snyder v. Phelps, a lawsuit. The Phelps in the case is Fred Phelps, the pastor of Westboro Baptist Church, in Kansas. The Snyder is Albert Snyder, the father of a Marine who was  killed in Iraq in 2006. Phelps and his followers showed up at the funeral waving protest signs with slogans that included “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and “God hates Fags.” They also displayed a sign, because the Snyders are Roman Catholic, stating “Pope in Hell.”

  • Attacking ads

    ifth District Congressman Tom Perriello attacked his Republican challenger Robert Hurt last week about a political ad being run by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in support of Hurt’s campaign.

  • Convictions yield 10-year sentence

    A discussion of a state statute cropped up once again during John Edward Pressley’s sentencing hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court, Friday. The 25-year-old Martinsville man entered four no contest pleas to computer solicitation of a child less than 15 years old at a hearing in August. The charges stemmed from conversations Pressley had on the computer between May 6, 2009, and June 3, 2009, with a Bedford County Sheriff’s Office undercover officer that Pressley believed was a 13-year-old girl.

  • Local woman receives car from charity

    Teresa Bayne got a new car and she wants others to know about it.
        She received the 1994 Cadillac Deville from Free Charity Cars, a  charity out of Longwood, Fla. “The charity helps people who are in need receive vehicles, by signing up and creating your page and story,” Bayne said. “You vote for others in need and in return they vote for you.”

  • Farm Bureau looks at proposed legislation

    The Farm Bureau has been around for a long time. It started 85 years ago as a farmers’ cooperative. In addition to selling insurance, Farm Bureau lobbies for farm interests and promotes agriculture education.

  • Preserving history

    A Bedford resident who cared passionately for the Bedford area’s history has now passed into this area’s history. Clara Lambeth died on Oct. 6 at the age of 96.

        Lambeth was a founding member of the Bedford Historical Society and has spearheaded, or played a major role, in the effort to save many of the area’s   historic  treasures.

  • Area residents, advocates gather on behalf of domestic violence victims

    More than 100 people gathered around the Centertown clock late Thursday afternoon to draw attention to domestic violence and its victims.

        The group walked down Bridge Street to a granite bench, dedicated to the memory of Sherrie Conner, located across Bedford Avenue from the Bower Center. Conner, who had worked for Bedford County’s Department of Social Services for 20 years, was killed three years ago, the result of a domestic dispute that turned fatal.

  • Sports commentary: Carping on about carp

     Ladies and gentlemen, please give it up for John Goss!

    Who?

    John Goss.  He was recently named as our Asian Carp Czar.