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Today's News

  • Let's dump these Olympic events--commentary

    With the summer Olympics in full swing, I figured I’d kick in my two cents. As many of you already know, this will be the last Olympics (at least for the foreseeable future) that include baseball and softball.

  • Big Island Legion squad is state runner-up

    The number 13’s reputation as a harbinger of bad luck was dampened by the efforts of the Big Island Post 217 at this year’s Legion baseball state tournament.

    The Islanders put on quite the performance, earning runner-up status to South Richmond.

    “We just ran out of pitching,” said Coach Kelly Russell.

    A variety of reasons, including the start of football season, reduced the number of players on the team. When it rolled into Stuarts Draft for the start of the tournament, it was down to that dreadful 13 number.

  • NCLB just might need to be left behind

    It appears that seven schools in Bedford County did not meet the No Child Left Behind's Adequate Yearly Progress requirements this past year and an eighth is on the fence. For all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the NCLB Act back in 2001, those results are more a sign of a failed federal policy than failures within the school system itself.

  • Letters

    Remembering the Community Cannery and New London Academy

    After reading your articles on the Community Cannery, it brought back a lot of memories about the Cannery and New London Academy.

  • Water release protocol

    For those that attended the DEQ Virginia Water Protection (VWP) Permit meeting in Gretna on Thursday night, I?m sure you found it an interesting evening.

    It is apparent the planners did not expect such a large turnout. I want to thank you for taking the time to attend. Your support was what was needed to allow us to have more time to work with the water release protocol and improve it to the benefit of all parties involved. I am now confident we will have another protocol work session in September.

  • Don't make the Dukakis mistake

    We’re told by political analysts that American voters don’t like “negative campaigning.” The talking heads say that voters want “positive” ideas, uplifting proposals about what candidates would offer for the future.

    It’s true that people respond to proposals that reflect their hopes. This was certainly the case during the Great Depression, when most voters saw that Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s promise of a “New Deal” was exactly what they needed. Today, however, we live in far more cynical times.

  • A heartbeat from the presidency

    While President Bush heads off to the Beijing Olympics to plant a big wet kiss on Hu Jintao's rear end, others of us are wondering who the two major party candidates are going to pick as their running mates.

    There's been a lot of speculation. Some think that John McCain ought to pick somebody who will bring economic expertise to the ticket. On the "Democratic" side, there's been speculation that Barack Obama will choose Tim Kaine.

  • Sheriff's Office addresses vehicle use

    The Sheriff's Office is taking steps to reduce fuel expenses, according to Sheriff Mike Brown. Brown spoke at a Bedford County Board of Supervisor's work session, Monday evening.

    Calls are up. Brown said that deputies responded to 17,099 calls in the first six months of the year. That's an increase of 1,272 over the same period in 2007. In spite of that, a vehicle use policy introduced at the end of June has reduced fuel usage by 316 gallons per month. Brown said that amounts to a savings of $13,000 per year on an annualized basis.

  • Bedford Primary, Elementary schools fall short of AYP

    While results of which Bedford County schools failed this past year to meet math and reading benchmarks related to the federal No Child Left Behind Act won't be released until next week, school officials have informed parents of students at two schools that their schools didn't meet those federal requirements.

  • Private road request approved by supervisors

    A private road request at Sunset Cay Marina, formerly Campers Paradise, received unanimous approval by the Bedford County Board of Supervisors Monday night.

    The request originally hung up on a 3-3 split vote on July 14. District 7 Supervisor Gary Lowry was absent that night.