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Today's News

  • Lacrosse will have to wait at JF

        Students hoping to have lacrosse as a varsity sport at Jefferson Forest High School next spring will have to wait at least one more year following a vote by the Bedford County School Board Thursday night.

        On a 5-3 vote, the board voted down a motion to add the sport for next year. Three board members in the JF district — David Black, Gary Hostutler and Julie Bennington — voted in favor of the motion while Mickey VanDerwerker, Debbie Hoback, Joy Wright, Shirley McCabe and David Vaden cast the votes defeating it.

  • Medlin to challenge Putney

    Lewis Medlin announced last week, at a gathering in Thaxton, that he’s making another run at the 19th House of Delegates seat as the Democratic Party nominee.

         He lives in Stewartsville and is vice-president of E-Z Mount Bracket Company, located in Montvale, which he co-founded with his father, Lewis B. Medlin Sr. The business has a 10,000 square foot facility that makes 23 different bracket designs used primarily by the electrical industry. The company has 15 U. S. patents.

  • Bees: A critical link

    A phenomenon which threatens our very food supply has, apparently, come to Bedford County.

        Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD, has been wiping out hives of honeybees in other parts of the country.  The causes of CCD are still being debated, but its impact is undoubtedly harsh.

         A colony that has been affected by CCD is essentially eliminated.  All that remains are some doomed young bees, the queen and some brood.

  • Sexting cases hit Bedford schools

    “Sexting,” a growing nationwide problem that involves using cell phones to transmit sexually explicit pictures, has cropped into Bedford County schools and four Staunton River High School students now face criminal charges as a result.

  • Swine Flu fever sweeps into Va.

    Area residents were urged this week to take precautions to minimize the risks of contracting H1N1 Influenza, commonly called “swine flu,” even as authorities were suggesting that the virus wasn’t as serious as originally feared.

  • Sen. Arlen Specter’s switch to the Democratic Party is an example of Washington politics at its worst

    For all his huffing and puffing about principle and concern for the American people, Sen. Arlen Specter, now known as a Democrat from Pennsylvania, serves as only the latest in a long list of sad examples of what Washington D.C. is all about — preserving one’s own power.

  • Letters

    Use some

    common sense

        I have been reading the paper and talking to people about the way our school board handled the hiring of our new school superintendent and no one is very happy.

        We spent $30,000 to pay someone to look for someone to fill the job, when we had a good person here in the system that had experience and doing a good job.

        So my question is why did we spend all this money looking when we had a good assistant superintendent that should have gotten the job?

  • Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights draws bipartisan support

    Last week, the House passed the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act of 2009, which would create new protections for consumers facing excessive credit card fees, sky-high interest rates, and unfair, incomprehensible credit card company agreements. I voted in favor of the bill. In addition, the House passed with wide bipartisan support an amendment I wrote that would require credit card companies to have a 6-month minimum period for promotional rates, or “teaser” rates, which primarily target college students.

  • Our teachers deserve our appreciation

    It’s that time of year when warmer weather returns and students all across Virginia are preparing for their final tests of the school year while dreaming of their summer vacation. But it is also important that as the school year winds down we thank the hard working teachers who educate our children.

  • Sorry doctor, but Lori Berenson is no criminal

        My column on Lori Berenson, the young American woman held prisoner in Peru, received a rather vicious and judgmental response from my conservative colleague on this page.

        Instead of calling him “doctor,” as I have in the past, I think he should be called Judge John Barnhart, because he surely sat in severe judgment of this young woman.