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Today's News

  • Calling on President-Elect Obama to help end the violence in Darfur

    Just a few weeks ago, we marked the sixtieth anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  This document, a direct result of the atrocities committed by Nazi Germany during World War II, was intended to clarify the international consensus on the most fundamental of human rights.  Despite growing international support for the core ideals such as the right to life, liberty and security of person contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, you just have to turn on your nightly news to see blatant violations of these princ

  • District and nation face a dire economic situation

    This week, I was blessed to be sworn in as our district’s Representative in the 111th U.S. Congress. It’s a sacred duty to serve you in Washington, and I am already hard at work on strategies for economic revival for Southside and Central Virginia and for a new era of accountability for our corporate and government leaders.

     

  • Letters

    Some things need to change

        I read the article in last weeks paper about the cock fighting.

        The Humane Society of the United States is a wonderful organization that fights to protect animal rights and has support from people from all walks of life that send whatever donation they can.

        People now have access to newspapers, T.V. and the Internet and know more of what is going on than they did years ago.

  • Brawled Lang Syne

    Let others have their figgy puddings and auld lang synes.

  • Storm, Engledove selected to all-state team

    The accolades keep rolling in for members of the 2008 Jefferson Forest football team.

    The latest honors were bestowed on Josh Storm and Dustin Engledove.

  • These are the good old days--Sports commentary

      The holiday season tends to breed nostalgic sentiments.

    We long for things as they used to be, no matter how unlikely their return.

  • Council re-elects Tharp as mayor

        Bedford City Council will have plenty on its plate the next year as it considers whether to revert to town status and works to balance a budget in these tough economic times. Monday night council officially began its work for the year by swearing in those council members who were elected in November — including first-time member Steve Rush — and by re-electing Skip Tharp as the city’s mayor.

  • Getting Alarmed

    A state grant is making it possible for the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department to install free smoke detectors.

        The grant is from the Virginia Department of Health and has allowed the fire department to buy 500 smoke detectors. It also paid for tools to install the detectors and nine volt lithium batteries, according to Kenny Taggart, who is heading up the program. Taggart said that the grant requires these batteries, allegedly good for 10 years, rather than less expensive batteries.

  • School board facing millions in funding cuts

        With Bedford County Schools expected to receive about $5 million less in state funding than last year, this year’s budget process is expected to be a challenge. That process will get underway this week as the school board holds a work session Thursday afternoon and then a public hearing on the budget that evening.

        “We’re looking at almost every single line item and every program,” stated Randy Hagler, director of finance for the school system. “It’s going to be a pretty difficult year.”

  • State budget will challenge General Assembly

    Virginia’s General Assembly will face a serious budgetary challenge when it convenes in Richmond on Jan. 14.

        “The picture is not pretty,” commented Delegate Lacey Putney, chairman of the House of Delegates Appropriations Committee.

        The Appropriations Committee, one of 14 standing Committees of Virginia’s  House of Delegates, has jurisdiction over state budget matters, according to the committee’s Web site.