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Today's News

  • Parade returns to morning time slot

    After being announced as an evening Christmas parade for this year, Bedford's parade on Dec. 6 will, as usual, take place in the morning.

    The parade has begun for a number of years at 11 a.m., but Bedford Main Street decided last summer to change the parade's time to 7 p.m. Main Street handles the parade and other downtown Christmas festivities.

  • School salutes its own veterans

    For the second year, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School's students invited area veterans to a Veterans Day program at the school. The event, which drew a large turnout, featured music by a student choir and treats provided by the school's PTA.

    According to Mac Duis, the principal, Kevin Smith, one of the school's two music teachers, spearheaded the project.

    “We started the program last year,” said Smith.

  • Perriello claims victory, lead at 745 votes

    Democratic challenger Tom Perriello's lead in he 5th District Congressional race stood at 745 votes one week after the election, as the vote counts continued to be updated following last Tuesday's election. Perriello was claiming victory while incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Virgil Goode was expressing concerns about the accuracy of the vote totals.

    After holding onto the slimmest of leads for most of the day last Wednesday, Goode fell behind Perriello late that afternoon and the margin continued to grow for the Democrat.

  • The homefront

    Approximately 800 people turned out for the National D-Day Memorial's Veteran's Day salute Tuesday.

    The centerpiece of Tuesday's ceremony was a plaque, donated by the Veterans Committee of UAW Local 2069 of Dublin, Va. The plaque, featuring “Rosie the Riveter,” honors the effort of the American workers who made the weapons, equipment and ammunition that American soldiers needed to win.

  • Providing Virginia with the tools to access its energy supplies

    Every day folks across Virginia and the nation are confronted with the rising cost of energy, from the price at the pump to soaring electric bills. While the Majority in Congress has succeeded in strangling any efforts to tap into traditional energy resources in America, our nation’s citizens have suffered. They have suffered with skyrocketing gas and food prices, and they have suffered from the fear that we are increasingly dependent on foreign and sometimes hostile nations for our oil supply and they want something done about it.

  • Veterans Day honors patriotism, sacrifice

    On November 11, 2008, our country will once again honor America’s service members by commemorating Veterans Day.

  • Long campaign comes to an end

    Deadlines for columns being what they are, it wasn’t possible to comment this week on the results of the presidential election. The verdict wasn’t known before your favorite liberal needed to submit his, uhee.“latest screed.”

    I’ll be glad to weigh in on that next week. I hope, though, that however things came out, we can learn some lessons from this incredibly long marathon that we call a presidential election.

  • A monkey's uncle

    It always surprises me that Rick Howell is so concerned about global warming. Last week, in his Liberal Agenda he listed this as one of the serious challenges we face.

  • When it comes to monitoring teens television viewing, parents must decide the remote stops here

    There really shouldn't be any surprise at this: Teens who watch Sex in the City, and similar type shows, are more likely to get pregnant.

    That headline hit the national newspapers this week to some fanfare but, unfortunately, no call to arms. Television programming will certainly not be affected by such a revelation. We're way beyond that. The best we can hope for is that parents will once again be reminded about their roles in monitoring just what it is that their children are taking in — whether it's from the TV, their Ipods or the Internet.

  • Letters

    HFH is benefit to the city

    Robert Wandrei, in the write up on individuals running for City Council, noted again that he supports taxpayer money going to some outside agencies but not to Habitat for Humanity as it builds only one house per year benefiting a small number of people.