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Today's News

  • On Al, OJ and the NFL: Commentary

      I’m sure glad the wife locked down our Christmas plans early.  That way, in the event we’re invited to the Grohs’ house, I’ll have a ready-made (honest) excuse to decline.

  • Carrying water for Bedford County

    After several years of reacting to growth, the Bedford County Public Service Authority (PSA) now will attempt to spend some time on planning, according to Brian Key, the PSA’s director.

        Key took over the spigot from Willie Jones at the end of last year.

  • Massage benefits horses, too

    Shayne Tracy is a different kind of massage therapist. His clients are big, big as a horse. In fact, they are horses.

        Tracy started out with people and did massage therapy on humans for 20 years. After doing some research, he began working with horses.

        “It relaxes them,” he said.

  • New CASA volunteers sworn in at ceremony

    Judge Philip Wallace of the Bedford Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court swore in a group of new CASA volunteers Thursday evening.

        CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. These are trained volunteers who are appointed by the court to be a voice for any children affected by a case that comes through that court. Their job is to investigate the situation and provide independent factual information to the court regarding the child. This report may contain recommendations as to the child’s welfare.

  • Seminar focuses on teamwork

    Two area groups and one hospital teamed up to sponsor a day-long seminar on investigating and prosecuting child abuse.

  • The Christmas Account

    And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

        (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

        And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

        And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

  • Obama Claus is coming to town

        Christmas will be over by the time Barack Obama takes the oath of office as our 44th president, but Obama Claus is promising a whole bag full of goodies.

  • Another Kennedy in the Senate?

        In 1946, a young Massachusetts naval veteran named John F. Kennedy got elected to a seat in the House of Representatives. A member of that family has served in the federal government at some level ever since.

        Just when it looked like Sen.     Ted Kennedy’s declining health might leave the U.S. Senate without a Kennedy since 1963, his niece, and JFK’s daughter, emerged recently as a possible choice to replace Hillary Clinton.

  • Aerial photo library will help emergency services

    An important new resource will be in the hands of each county and city government in the Fifth District of Virginia beginning early next year.  Nearly a year ago, I began working with the Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle County Emergency Communications Center to obtain funding for a new visual intelligence technology resource, pictometry, to all the jurisdictions of the Fifth District, which will greatly benefit first responders and local government agencies in our area.

     

  • Wishing You a Happy Holiday Season

    The holiday season is well underway: there are lights on our neighbors’ window sills, wreaths hanging from city street lights, children are lining up in local shopping centers for a picture with Santa, and there are shopping lists for family and friends.  This time of year can seem so hectic and can quickly pass us by as we rush from task to task attempting to pack in so much in a short amount of time.  It is often in this hustle and bustle that the true meaning of Christmas is sometimes forgotten or overlooked.