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Today's News

  • We must ensure care for veterans when they return home

    I recently had the honor of traveling with the Surgeons General of the U.S. Army and Navy and a bipartisan group of Members of Congress from the Veterans’ Affairs Committee on a mission to Afghanistan. We had the unique opportunity to see first-hand the heroism and professionalism of our medical personnel saving lives overseas, from the battlefront to transition hospitals. Our soldiers were heartened to receive notes of support that I brought over from Rustburg Elementary and Middle School, Gladys Elementary, and Dillwyn Primary School.

     

  • We should not be saddling future generations with debt

    Sunday, April 26th marks Debt Day for the 2009 fiscal year. This is the day the government starts paying for federal spending by borrowing money rather than using its revenue.  This means that all of the money spent from Washington the rest of this year will either be borrowed from other countries or borrowed from future generations, in turn increasing our federal debt dramatically.

  • End trade embargo, restore relations with Cuba

        Under the leadership of President Barack Obama, the United States may finally be prepared to close the book on one of the most lingering and most useless remnants of the Cold War: the trade embargo against Cuba.

  • Another American hero passes on

        Even the weather cooperated last week when Elisha Ray Nance’s body was laid to rest with the honors befitting an American hero.

        By the weather cooperating, I mean that it was perfect for a D-Day funeral. It was overcast, cold and wet, much like that morning when Ray headed for a French beach 65 years ago. Ray was second in command of Company A that day and the only company officer to reach the beach and live to tell about it. He was severely wounded in the process, wounded so badly that it took nearly a year for him to recover.

  • Breaking news: VanDam wins Blue Ridge Brawl

    Keith Alan of ESPN Outdoors calls Kevin VanDam the King Kong of bass fishing. Others call him the Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan of the sport.

    He's all that — and a lot more.

    Now the four-time Bassmaster Angler of the Year can add Blue Ridge Brawl champion to his growing list of accomplishments.

  • Breaking: VanDam maintains lead in Blue Ridge Brawl

    Kevin VanDam may not like sight fishing, but he's proving once again why he's the best bass fishing has to offer: He'll do whatever it takes to stay at the top. And this week, sight fishing has been the ticket to the top of the leader board.

    VanDam, a four-time Angler of the Year champion, maintained the third day lead in the Advance Auto Parts Blue Ridge Brawl at Smith Mountain Lake, weighing in a five-fish limit of 15 pounds, 6 ounces for a 47 pound, 15 ounce three-day total and more than a 3-pound lead over Elite rookie Matt Herren (44-7) of Trussville, Ala.

  • Breaking news: LHS student dies in accident

    An 18-year-old Liberty High School senior died as the result of injuries suffered during a single-car accident on Belltown Road in Bedford Wednesday afternoon.

  • Breaking: Jordon takes Day 1 lead at Blue Ridge Brawl

    Kelly Jordon of Mineola, Texas, took the Day 1 lead at the Advance Auto Parts Blue Ridge Brawl Elite series tournament at Smith Mountain Lake. Jordan's catch weighed in at 20 pounds, 9 ounces, the only stringer breaking the 20-pound mark.

  • Beware of dog, indeed

    Scott “Cujo” Sigmon provided the exclamation point to a beautiful card of boxing.

    Following a prolonged absence from the area, the sport returned with a flourish, as Sigmon outfought Toris “The Bull” Brewer in the eight-round main event.

  • Heart, not thunder-Commentary

    Scott Sigmon was certainly impressive in his eight-round victory Saturday night.

    I believe his efforts leading up to the fight were even more notable.