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Today's News

  • Neighbors protest upkeep of Thaxton properties

    A group of Thaxton residents came before the board of supervisors Monday night to complain about a couple of badly maintained homes.

        “One of them, there are rats the size of cats coming out of it,” said Tim Orange, the spokesman for the group.

        One is an abandoned house. The other is an abandoned building that formerly served as Thaxton’s post office. Its roof has caved in. Photos that Orange brought showed the buildings surrounded by trash, junk and overgrown lots.

  • It’s been a good run

    Politicians are good about trying to put a “face” on their proposed policies. If the subject is healthcare, the Democrats will feature someone in a speech who has gone bankrupt because of a medical problem. Meanwhile the Republicans, to make their point, will share the story about someone from Canada who had to come down to this country for medical care because the government-run program in their own country wouldn’t provide the care.

  • Letters

    Making ends meet

        Like many families across the country, my own family is struggling to make ends meet, pay the bills and fill up the car with gas. Now President Obama wants to tax my family even more to pay for the trillion-dollar healthcare bill. But that’s not the worst of it. He is mandating that abortion be covered under the healthcare plan, meaning that my family will be paying for abortions, whether we want to or not.

  • Protecting our system of checks and balances

    On September 17, 1787, 39 delegates of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed their names to the United States Constitution.

  • Speech gets health care reform on track

        Finally, President Barack Obama has done what he needed to do: state his specific case for health care reform, get Americans to understand what he would do and why it’s needed, and shoot down the right-wing myths and lies that have so tarnished this debate.

  • Obama has scary supporters

        President Obama’s video talk to students last week turned out to be quite innocuous. He urged them to do their best in school and used his own background as an example of triumph over bad circumstances. It was appropriate for the President to do this.

        The speech was preceded by a major flap. Student exercises recommended by the federal department of education included a suggestion that students write a letter to themselves explaining how they will help the President.

        Help him to do what?

  • Low-carb: take two

        It’s not January and while I’m not one to make resolutions, I have decided to try and get myself back into some semblance of shape, other than looking like a bowling ball — or a pear.

        When I first started here at the Bulletin in 2005 I weighed in at about 190 pounds, the lowest I had weighed in years. A year prior to that I had tipped the scales at 235. That’s about the time the Atkins low-carb diet craze was at its height, so I jumped in.

  • Coach Watts kicking off new program

     Liberty High School Head Football Coach Chris Watts announced that he'll host the first meeting of All Pro Dad this Thursday, Sept. 10.

    It will take place at the Liberty High School cafeteria and will run from 7:15 - 7:45 a.m.  

    The program is designed to help out those in fatherhood roles.  It was started up by some NFL personalities, including Tony Dungy and Mike Tomlin.  It is designed to stregthen families and provide support to those males who are in a parenting role.  So, grandfathers, uncles, step-dads and others are more than welcome.

  • Commonsense changes that should be included in health care reform

    While we can all agree that our current health care system is flawed there are many different ideas about how to fix it.  Democratic Leaders in Congress have introduced and rushed through committee, the “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act”.  This one-size fits all proposal would steer the country toward a government-run health care system likely marked by little choice and long lines.  I oppose this bill and the Democrat Leadership’s mad rush to ram the bill through with no opportunity for alternative ideas.  Even commonsense amendments to th

  • Virginia veterans benefits

    Last month the first of two articles concerning benefits available from the Commonwealth of Virginia for veterans and in some cases survivors and dependents was published in this newspaper.  This month the second and final chapter on this source of benefits is presented.