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Today's News

  • Tax fairness and reform are key to a successful economy

    January 1, 2013 – just five short months from now Americans can expect a higher tax bill. Individuals, families, and small businesses alike, are bracing for these tax increases and asking “how can we afford to send even more of our hard earned money to the federal government?” Nearly 13 million Americans are currently looking for work and so crushing tax increases are the last thing we need.

  • Getting ready to go back to school

    By Marci L. Stone, MBA, EFO
    Deputy Chief
    Bedford County Department of Fire & Rescue
     
        Pool time and vacations are quickly coming to an end and in the next few weeks it will be back to school time again. 

  • Obama’s not hostile to small business

    It turned out that President Obama’s July 13 appearance in Roanoke took on a life of its own when the Romney campaign leaped all over one segment of the speech.
        The president was discussing the role that any community plays when a business is successful. He was basically paraphrasing the remarks of Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.

  • A little honesty for a change


        Recently President Barack Obama has been busy claiming that his “You didn’t build that” remark has been taken out of context. Actually, when read or heard in the context of his rant in Roanoke, they sound even more anti-capitalist than they do in Mitt Romney’s campaign ads.
        Meanwhile, liberals have been pulling Romney’s comments, made on his international tour, out of context in an effort to make them look like gaffes. Taken in context, they aren’t gaffes at all.

  • To the dogs

    Early this summer, a Bedford County man received a document seeking to register a new voter from his family. Unfortunately the document was sent to his dog Mozart.
        And Mozart had been dead for two years.
        When the form first came Tim Morris said he laughed at first, thinking the solicitation was a joke. Then he realized it was real.
        And that’s a problem.

  • Goodlatte, Hurt sponsor job fair; more than 1,000 turn out

    A job fair, organized by Congressman Bob Goodlatte and Congressman Rober Hurt, brought about 70 businesses, most of them with current job openings, to the Liberty Mountain Conference Center in Lynchburg Monday morning.

        The businesses had jobs to offer ranging from those requiring little skill to those requiring advanced training. Employers and employees filled the Conference Center’s eight classrooms, which had been cleared of non-essential furniture to make room.

  • Douglass holds panel discussion

        General John Douglass, the Democrats’ candidate for the 5th Congressional District seat, stopped in Bedford last week to hold a panel discussion, one of a number that he’s holding around the district.

  • Blue Ridge Bagels contest sparked interest in purchase

        The contest that featured Blue Ridge Bagels as the prize fell through due to an insufficient number of entries. Those who did enter, however, really wanted the restaurant and one of them, actually a husband and wife team, ended up buying it.

        Barry Kane teaches sixth grade science in Appomattox, so the restaurant will be an after school job for him. His wife, Cheryl, was an accountant for Lynchburg’s Department of Social Services. She will be the full-time manager.

  • 40 years and still going strong

    She’s 70, but she has no intention of retiring.

        Last week, on Aug. 1,  the owners of Bacon Enterprises, which owns the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Bedford, honored Dorothy Carter for 40 years with the company. It was exactly 40 years ago to the day that Carter and her first husband, the late Kennis King, were hired by Bacon to open the KFC restaurant in Bedford, serving as its managers.

  • Going extreme

        If you see a man on a stand-up paddle board, paddling along the shoreline of Smith Mountain Lake this month, it will likely be Tom Jones.

        Jones is paddling the 530 mile perimeter of the Lake to promote Internet safety and raise money for the Safe Surfin’ Foundation.