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Today's News

  • Rising from the ashes

    A few days after a fire, last September, collapsed Olde Liberty Station’s roof into its dining room, Harry Leist, the owner, predicted he would reopen in February, hopefully early in the month.

        His prediction is coming true. Olde Liberty will reopen with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. on Feb. 8. Sadie Tharp, Bedford Mayor Skip Tharp’s mother, will cut the ribbon.

  • Too much BCS

    This makes sense.

        We’re facing record deficits; we’re in the middle of two wars; there’s double-digit unemployment; and there’s that whole health care debate. So now comes word the Obama administration and a long-standing Republican senator are considering several steps that would review the legality of the current college football Bowl Championship Series.

        So that certainly seems like a logical place for the President and Congress to spend time trying to bring about change. Then again, maybe not.

  • Letters

    Schools vs. The Lottery

        Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t the Lottery system supposed to help our schools?

        I walk into convenience stores and a big banner is displayed on the wall, “Virginia Lottery contributed (X amount of dollars) to the school system!” But, then I read “Bedford County Schools expect to lose $5.3 million from budget.” Something doesn’t add up.

  • Many qualifying workers miss out on Earned Income Tax Credit

    In this economy, every dollar counts — and so does a tax credit worth up to $5,657.

    January 29 was designated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day. More than 534,000 Virginia taxpayers took advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and received more than $1 billion in refunds for the 2008 tax year.

  • Real solutions to restore confidence in our economy

    Earlier this week President Obama delivered his first official State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. The President articulated to the American people in very frank terms, what most Americans know all too well – economic uncertainty continues to plague our nation.  In this tough economic climate, Americans are looking to the government for leadership.

  • Time flies in the Capital city

    It’s hard to believe we are already in the third week of session, but time flies here in the Capital city.  And, even though we’re considering hundreds of bills and crafting a new two-year spending plan, the everyday concerns that come along with possibility of snowfall this weekend have taken over many discussions at Virginia’s Capitol.  This is due to the fact that the delegates, aides and staff come from all corners of our Commonwealth and most return to their families on the weekends.   With the inclement weather forecast upon us for the weekend, th

  • Voters angry at everyone now

        If Republicans think they’re about to inherit the national government on a silver platter because of one special Senate election, they’d better think again.

        If Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and the other leaders of the Republican Party think they can kill health care reform - which a majority of Americans support - and win voter favor, they’re making a tragic mistake.

  • Living in never never land

        It’s always amazing how liberals seem to be living in some sort of fiscal never never land when it comes to taxes. Last week, Rick Howell gave us an example of this in “The Liberal Agenda” as he took Governor Bob McDonnell to task for not proposing new taxes to pay for transportation projects.

  • School, business partnership pays off

    A partnership between Bedford Science and Technology Center’s (BSTC) electricity program and Southern Air has paid off for both.

        Aaron Payne teaches the electricity course at BSTC, a two-year program. Payne hails from Philadelphia and has been teaching for 14 years, five of them at BSTC. Like many people teaching vocational programs, Payne has actually worked in the trade.

        “Before teaching, I was an electrical superintendent,” he said. “I worked for Moore’s Electric.”

  • Liberty gets run for its money

    Liberty may have a 10-2 record.

    The Minutemen may be ranked in the top ten of the state AA poll (AP Writers).