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Today's News

  • Child’s illness leads to fight for funding

        Jake Russell was 3 years old when he started having pain in his leg.

        His parents initially thought he might have injured his leg in a fall so they took  him to the doctor. An initial exam revealed Jake didn’t have an infection and that there wasn’t any break.
        More tests were run and soon they realized the diagnosis was much worse.
        Jake had cancer – specifically Ewing’s sarcoma.

  • Requests exceed available money

        Bedford County’s supervisors are, once again, faced with more budget requests than they have money to pay for. 
        Susan Crawford, the county’s director of fiscal management, presented the supervisors with the budget that had requests that exceed current revenue highlighted in gray. For example, the Sheriff’s Office has requested 17 new vehicles. Seven of these were in the gray section. Each vehicle, fully equipped, will cost an average of $48,000.

  • Board to begin discussion of budget proposal

        Dr. Douglas Schuch presented the school board with a proposed budget of $101,282,991 for the next school year Thursday night. That’s $3,401,855 less than last year’s budget.
        But the school board will actually seek more local funding.
        How did that happen?

  • Norovirus outbreak closes Montvale Elementary for one day

        An outbreak of norovirus at Montvale Elementary led to a decision to close the school last Friday to prevent further spread of the virus and to allow for a thorough cleansing of the school building.
        The action appears to have worked. After having close to half of the school absent on Thursday, only 27 students were out of school on Monday.

  • Local projects receive tourism grant funds

        Two local events were among those that received matching fund grants announced this week by Governor Terry McAuliffe.
        In all, $812,000 in matching grant funds will be awarded to 39 local tourism initiatives as part of Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) Marketing Leverage Program. The grants are designed to help local and regional tourism entities attract more visitors by leveraging local marketing dollars and will ultimately impact at least 153 other statewide tourism entities.

  • Supporting our small businesses is vital

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Protecting the Fourth Amendment in the digital age

    A lot has changed since 1986. Mail was sent with postage stamp, a search engine was called a library, “tweets” were the sounds made by birds, and “clouds” were found only in the sky. In 1986, computer storage was finite and expensive. It was unfathomable to think that something like email would allow users to send and receive electronic communications around the globe for free, much less store vast amounts of your information.

     

  • Of our American rights and freedoms, which one would you choose to celebrate and why?

    By Megan Horsley
    Jefferson Forest HS Good Citizen Sponsored by Peaks of Otter NSDAR

        Most people would assert that the right to bear arms or the freedom of religion should be celebrated because this is what makes America unique.  However, these rights would not be possible if the right to free speech was not a part of the United States Constitution.  The freedom of speech allowed the founding fathers to create the democratic government that American citizens take for granted today.

  • A stunning admission on ‘voter ID’ laws

        I was happy to vote this week in the Roanoke City Council and mayoral elections, but not without first showing my “voter ID” driver’s license.
        You know how it is, right? There’s so much “voter fraud” these days. We can be thankful that conservative Republicans are so deeply concerned about the “sanctity” of voting that they’re passing these laws in so many states now.

  • ‘Democrats’ can be funny

        “Democrats” can often be good for a laugh. The most recent humorous thing they have done is to replace Andrew Jackson’s visage on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman’s. The replacement is an effort to be politically correct and it’s funny because of who is being replaced by whom and the fact that it’s being done by the servants of a “Democratic” president.