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Today's News

  • Bedford Humane Society purchases land for adoption center

    The Bedford Humane Society’s search for a suitable site on which to build its limited admission, no kill animal adoption center came to a close last Friday with the purchase of a 3.3 acre parcel of land on Ole Turnpike Drive.

         The property is the site of the former Bedford County Girl’s Home.  A preliminary site plan for a 6,000 square-foot animal shelter building was approved by the city of Bedford prior to acquisition of the parcel.

  • Passing the budget

        The city of Bedford will continue to provide school resource officers for Bedford Elementary and Bedford Middle School, but will eliminate its economic development coordinator position. And just what funding the Bedford Main Street, Inc. program will receive has yet to be determined.

  • Celebration

    More than 800 seniors from the three Bedford County high schools walked across the floor of the Vines Center at Liberty University Saturday to receive their diplomas and officially become graduates. They were urged to embrace the challenges ahead and be willing to take risks.

       

    Jefferson Forest High School

  • First the DMV told us it would give us $5 to stay away, now we’re being told no smiles allowed

    ot too long ago the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles told us they would rather not have us visit their offices. In fact, they offered us $5 off our vehicle registration fee as an incentive to keep us from coming by and paying in person.

        Now the word comes down that if we do drop by a DMV, we shouldn’t come in with a smile. What’s this world coming to? Don’t our driver’s license pictures already look bad enough?

  • The American Energy Act will protect our environment, lower energy costs and create jobs

    Just days ago House Republicans introduced an “all of the above” solution to cleaning up the environment, lowering energy costs, and creating more American jobs. The American Energy Act, which I strongly support, will increase production of American-made energy in an environmentally-sound manner and promote new, clean and renewable sources of energy such as nuclear, clean-coal-technology, wind and solar energy.

  • Creigh Deeds sweeps Democratic field

        Bath County State Senator Creigh Deeds won an overwhelming victory last week in the statewide Democratic primary. He will now face Republican Bob McDonnell in the fall for the contest to succeed Tim Kaine as Virginia’s governor.

        Deeds was thought to be the underdog to the heavily financed campaign of former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe. But much of McAuliffe’s appeal fell apart under scrutiny, especially his claim to have created so many jobs, a notion pretty much put to rest by a critical Washington Post article.

  • We can build decent cars

        I had an unpleasant encounter with some Virginia wildlife a couple of weeks ago.

        It was fortunate that I was going around one of the very sharp curves on Rt. 43, on my way up to the Peaks, when the kamikaze deer got me. I was not going fast and, as there wasn’t anybody close behind me, I was able to hit the brakes, minimizing the damage to my car. The impact still was enough to knock out the grill, buckle the hood and crack the bumper.

  • It’s important that legislation moves ahead to save the Memorial

    This week legislation was introduced in Congress to make sure the National D-Day Memorial continues to fulfill its mission:  Reminding all who enter it of the heavy price that this nation’s communities have paid, and still pay, for freedom.

        Congressman Tom Perriello and U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb have begun the process to bring the Memorial in Bedford under the supervision of the U.S. National Park Service. The legislation, which calls for a study on the proposal, has been written in consultation with the Memorial.

  • Letters

    Honoring those who participated

        Like numerous other D-Day Memorial Volunteers, I was on hand for the 65th Anniversary Commemoration on Saturday, June 6, 2009.  It was a great experience seeing the number of D-Day Veterans in attendance, especially Bob Slaughter and long time family friend Hubert Hobbs, from Roanoke.

  • Federal stimulus contains money for rural Internet broadband

    From every corner of the 5th District, I hear about how folks are struggling with the lack of broadband internet access. Two weeks ago, I hosted a roundtable discussion on rural broadband, this time in Altavista after the last one in Rocky Mount. At the roundtable, the need for better broadband access was made abundantly evident, and I will use the stories and strategies offered by citizens to be a more effective advocate for rural broadband back in Washington. Here are some of the stories I heard: