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Today's News

  • Elderly have conerns about how healthcare reform will affect them

    Last week, I held six “Tom in Your Town” events around the 5th District to hear my constituents’ questions and opinions about how we can solve the healthcare crisis in this country. Many people, including myself, worried that we were moving too quickly and spending too much to fix the problem, so I insisted that Congress spend the month of August sharing accurate information with the American people and listening to everyone’s concerns and hopes.

  • Overdue immigration reform

    The United States of America is a nation of immigrants.  Legal immigration has blessed our nation with talent, diversity, and a commitment to freedom.  However, we are also a nation of laws and illegal immigration mocks these laws and our entire system of justice.

  • Veterans benefits provided by Virginia

    Since July 2007, this newspaper has graciously published a monthly article concerning benefits provided by the U.S.

  • Time to update Shoreline Management Plan

    As of this writing, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has not published the Environmental Impact Statement for the Smith Mountain Project.  The document is expected to be released during this month and the Tri-County Re-licensing Committee is standing by to review the document.  Remember that you can stay informed at the relicensingnews Web site.

  • Health care reform opponents in deep panic

        The fight over health care reform resembles its own kind of political campaign, as though there’s an election just down the road. The television airwaves are filled with competing commercials, just like the saturation of ads you see during a campaign.

  • Blue Dogs should be applauded

        It was rather humorous to read Rick Howell’s column last week, blasting members of his own political party. A member of the “Democratic” Party, Mr. Howell usually directs his ire at Republicans.

        Although I’m not a political party member, and thus am free to antagonize everybody, I usually disparage “Democrats.”

  • Perriello, area residents address health care reform, cap and trade at meeting

    Jim and Sherry Hearn of Stewartsville don’t claim to be political activists. But recent actions in Congress and by President Barack Obama have moved them to get more involved, to the point that they showed up with a sign in hand at Saturday’s Town Hall meeting with Tom Perriello.

        “Cap and trade was the ultimate turning point,” Jim Hearn stated Saturday, as his wife  held  their sign  that read, “Obama’s gift to our children, 4,000,000,000,000 $ debt.”

  • New ag program set to begin

        Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) will begin offering an Associate in Applied Science Degree and Certificate Program in Sustainable Agribusiness Management this fall.

        Dr. Jeffery Laub, dean of science and math and engineering, will oversee the program. Laub said that this is because agriculture courses fall under his department.

        “It was the brain child of Robert Lowry,” he said.

  • Learning the facts

        Junior Rangers, a youth program run by the National Park Service, is teaching children about facts ranging from how birds eat to how people lived in the mountains 80 years ago.

        According to Paulette Mullinax, who directs the day camp at the Peaks of Otter, the program consists of three half-day sessions with different age groups.

        “We can tailor the activity for the age group,”  Mullinax said.

  • New Christian school opens in Bedford

    Bedford Christian Academy closed its doors at the end of the past school year, but a new Christian school using the classical education model will open for the new school year at the same location.