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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Cyber rants

        A fellow came in to our office last week and wanted to talk to me. He didn’t call in advance to set up a meeting, and as a result, showed up at a very bad time. It was Tuesday, our production day and as putting the paper together requires all of us, I couldn’t just drop what I was doing.

  • Breaking: Kaine seeks to have Soering released to Germany

    For more than five years, Major Ricky Gardner, of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office, lived through the prosecution of Jens Soering for his role in the 1985 killings of  Derek and Nancy Haysom  at their Boonsboro home.

  • More charges possible

    Former Staunton River football coach Rick Witt, released from custody following a bail hearing in Bedford County Circuit Court Friday, may face more charges as the investigation continues into his alleged relationships with one or more minors, according to authorities.

        Currently Witt, 36, is facing a single felony charge of taking indecent liberties with a minor while in Bedford County.  According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz, however, Witt could be facing additional charges.

  • Service is a year around opportunity

    Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

  • The war against Al Qaeda requires vigilance, not complacency

    On Christmas Day, Umar Abdulmutallab boarded Northwest Flight 253 bound for Detroit and just before landing, attempted to blow up the plane and the 278 passengers aboard.  Thanks only to the malfunction of an explosive device and the quick thinking of civilian passengers and crew who subdued him, did this latest act of terrorism not tragically result in a massive loss of life. 

  • Remembering the Melody Mountaineers......

        The picture in Old Places, Old Faces on Nov. 18, 2009, of Bill and Mary Reid and the Melody Mountaineers brought back many wonderful memories to me of a well known band whose names were once a household word throughout central Virginia and the surrounding area.