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Today's News

  • The lights are on

    Paul D. Helsel, who heads up the Elks organization nationwide, was sure that there would be a line of cars near the Elks National Home full of people hoping his remarks would be brief. He was right. As soon as he pressed the switch that turned on the lights Friday night, a steady stream of cars began rolling into the Elks Home property.

  • Smyth receives ‘Best Workplace’ designation

    Smyth Companies, Inc. has been designated as “Best Workplace” for 2008 by the “Best Workplace in the Americas” program. 

        The program is administered by Printing  Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF), and is awarded to  companies who demonstrate exceptional practices in the area of human resources and employee relations.

  • Life along the Parkway

    Calvin Rice has worked along the Blue Ridge Parkway for half a century.

        He’s currently the dining room manager at the Peaks of Otter Lodge.

        Rice started working at a service station along the parkway at Otter Creek, near Big Island, right out of high school. This is 28 miles north of the Peaks and the parkway was not yet complete at that time. There was not yet a bridge carrying the road over the James River and motorists, upon reaching that point, had to get off, cross the James elsewhere and then return to the parkway.

  • Cutting edge design

    Smith Mountain Lake Volunteer Fire and Rescue will be on the cutting edge of marine firefighting technology when it takes delivery of its new fireboats next year.

        What’s more, the design work that put these boats on the cutting edge was done by five members of the fire department.

  • Single-vehicle crash injures three

    Three people were injured in a single-vehicle accident Friday afternoon and the driver of the truck was arrested for driving under the influence.

  • Towers get go-ahead

    A Bedford County Planning Commission vote, Monday night, brought broadband Internet access one step closer for three elementary schools.

  • Report falls short in providing creative solutions

    During last year’s budget discussions the Bedford County School Board decided to hire out a facilities study in order to get a comprehensive look at what to expect in construction needs for the school system in the years ahead. At the time several issues were being discussed, including moving eighth graders over to Liberty High School to make room for sixth graders at Bedford Middle School. The hope was that the study could help provide some plausible solutions to the facility needs of the school system, even possibly looking at some “out-of-the-box” possibilities.

  • Republicans need to restore their brand

        Republicans were in disarray at the end of 1974.

        That summer, Richard Nixon became the first U. S. president to resign, avoiding almost certain impeachment and removal from office. Gerald Ford’s pardon, before Nixon was even charged with anything, made matters worse.

        Ford went to his grave swearing that the Nixon pardon was not part of a deal. He even made a video, which was released after his death, denying any deal.

  • No, liberals aren’t angry with Obama

        As Barack Obama completes the selection of his staff and Cabinet, there’s been some talk about how many liberals are supposedly angry at him.

    Some have tried to drum up a story that many on the left are upset about one or two Cabinet choices and feel that the president-elect is already backing away from some of the promises of his campaign.

  • Medicare Part B and Part D premiums to change

                In 2009, Social Security and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries will receive a 5.8% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA).  This means that nearly 55 million Americans will see an increase in their monthly benefits, the largest increase since 1982.