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Today's News

  • Will racism stop Obama?

    It’s becoming clear that Sen. Barack Obama will face an intense campaign of scrutiny that will question his judgment, experience and temperament for the job of president.

    That’s to be expected, of course. Anyone seeking the presidency should be held to the strictest of standards. But as the first African-American nominee of a major party for president, what is thrown Obama’s way is likely to be racist sooner or later.

  • Anything goes when there is no standard

    At the end of May, Cybercast News Service (www.cnsnews.com) carried an article about statements that Barack Obama made, the previous month, in an interview with a magazine called "The Advocate."

  • Allegations of problems with the Virginia Lottery scratch-off games emphasize the fact that playing the lottery is never a good bet

    It's a good bet that if you play the lottery, you're more likely to lose money than win. Claims this past week that the Virginia Lottery had sold tickets when the top prize had already been won obviously showed the odds were even worse ? there was no chance at all.

    A business finance professor from Washington and Lee University claims that tickets he purchased last summer in the Beginner's Luck game were sold after all of the top prizes of $75,000 had been won. He said there was "zero chance" he could have won the top prize.

  • Rubatex brings in 40-ton boiler to plant

    Rubatex International is in the process of installing a new boiler as part of a $750,000 investment to its Bedford operation. The company is hoping the city does all it can to help provide reasonable electric rates to help the company keep the new boiler running.

    Earlier this month two cranes were brought in to help put the 40-ton boiler in place. The boiler helps power some 25 presses that cure the rubber produced by the company.

  • County hires Stephanie White to develop new ag curriculum

    How do you sell square bales of hay for $75 a bale when your neighbors are getting $3 a bale for the same product?

  • Local rider, trainer has 'perfect job'

    "I have the perfect job," says Sue Ott.

    Ott, who lives in the New London area of Bedford County, gives riding lessons and trains horses. She also performs in horse shows on a Lipizzan horse named Desche.

  • Did you hear?

    Keep your cars locked

    The Bedford Police Department is urging area residents to keep their cars locked, following a string of larcenies from vehicles in the city.

    There have been a dozen larcenies from unlocked cars since the first of the year, six in the past month, according to reports from the department. Items taken include money, wallets, checks, an IPOD, a Blackberry and phone charger, a camera, DVD players, a handgun and video games.

  • Bedford nurse wins first Region 2000 geriatric award

    A nurse at Oakwood Manor has received Region 2000's first Outstanding Geriatric Nursing Professional award.

    According to a Region 2000 press release, the award is given to the nursing professional who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve the aging population. The winner was nominated and selected by a panel of peers.

    Joanne Goding, the winner, has been a nurse for 41 years. According to Harriet Hurt, her supervisor, she has a natural love for all people, especially the elderly.

  • Planning commission weighs in on cell tower requests

    Two cell tower requests elicited different responses from a bare quorum of the Bedford County Planning Commission.

    District 1 Planning Commissioner Rick Crockett, District 6 Planning Commissioner Robin Hartman and District 3 Planning Commissioner Steve Wilkerson were absent. Both cell tower requests were from AT&T and, according to Mike Pace, the attorney representing the company, are needed to complete its network.

  • Real estate tax rate won't increase in city

    Following some funding cuts to outside agencies, Bedford City Council passed a budget last week that eliminated a proposed increase to the real estate tax rate.

    Council was considering raising the real estate tax rate by 3 cents, but the approved budget keeps the rate at 81 cents per $100 of valuation. Most outside agencies, however, will see their funding cut by 50 percent. Also eliminated from the budget was a proposed $1 increase to the city refuse collection fee.