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Today's News

  • SRHS principal reassigned

    Robert Stump, the principal at Staunton River High School, has been reassigned and will serve as part of the Bedford County Public Schools Central Office staff through the end of this school year.

        The move was announced through a press release by the school system Friday.

        Other moves were also announced, with all being in effect through June 30, 2010. Those include:

        • Edwin Zimmerman, principal of Goodview Elementary School, has been reassigned to serve as principal at SRHS;

  • Workshop will provide landowners information on using controlled burns

    The Virginia Department of Forestry spent last Wednesday at Claytor Nature Preserve setting fires.

        There was a good reason for this. The Forestry Department, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia Tech and the Virginia Cooperative Extension are holding a prescribed fire workshop for landowners at Claytor on Feb. 6, and they needed something to show the landowners who attend.

  • School board looks at cutting budget

        Facing a potential budget shortfall of $5 million or more next year, the Bedford County School Board is looking at every possible solution to save money. That means all options are on the table, including reducing staff, increasing class sizes and even closing schools.

        At this point, there are more questions than answers about the 2010-2011 budget.

  • Newman working to stop request

    who was convicted in 1990 for the 1985 murders of Derek and Nancy Haysom in Bedford County.

        Newman said Kaine’s decision was devastating to both the families of the Haysoms as well as Central Virginia, where Soering was tried and convicted in a trial that drew international attention because Soering was the son of a former German diplomat.

  • Final actions

    Outgoing Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine should be ashamed.

  • Letters

    Ruff is right

        I’m writing this letter today in support of a letter I read in the 1/6/10 edition of this paper that was written by Richard Ruff and was entitled, “Support Local Shelters.” 

  • Stimulus money jump starts energy businesses

    My top priority is supporting job creation in Southside and Central Virginia, and I believe one key part of this will be putting our area at the forefront of the clean energy economy. In the next few decades, we will see a huge boom of energy-related advanced manufacturing, agriculture, and retro-fitting. We can watch as those jobs and economic opportunities go to China and India, or we can decide that American-made energy is worth our investment. We can rebuild our region as the future clean energy capital of our Commonwealth and our country.

  • Transparency was promised, secrecy was delivered

    “These negotiations will be on C-SPAN and so the public will be part of the conversation and will see the choices that are being made.”  That is how then-candidate Barrack Obama promised the American people the negotiations over the Democrats’ health care overhaul would occur.  Transparency was promised to be a key feature of the debate.  While it is true that it is appropriate for legislators to have private discussions about legislation, in this case the Democrats have not followed the normal conference committee process and they are going back on a promis

  • Legislative session begins

    The 2010 legislative session has officially begun.  Before we get down to our most important issue this year, balancing our state budget, we must first say goodbye to one governor and welcome our Governor-elect.  Governor Kaine addressed the General Assembly on the opening day of session, giving his final state of the commonwealth address.  Normally, I would join my colleagues in the chamber to hear the Governor’s remarks.  This year I was not able to.

  • King would like today’s racial progress

    The holiday we recognized this week in honor of the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. is always an opportunity to reflect upon the state of race relations in America.

        Race, it seems, is a never ending subject in our country. We brought this upon ourselves when the first black slaves landed on the coast of Virginia in 1619 and we started down the road of slavery.