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Today's News

  • The American Energy Act

    Not a day goes by when I am not asked about rising energy prices. These increased costs affect everyone. A large number of factors have combined to put pressure on energy and gasoline prices, including diminishing U.S. oil production, increased world demand for crude oil, and U.S. refinery capacity that is inadequate to supply gasoline to a recovering national economy. These are serious problems that will not go away with time, and they require real solutions that will restore American energy independence and help ease the pain of record cost fill-up.

  • Keep Your Pets Safe

    Many of us are pet lovers.

    Calculations using national averages supplied by the Humane Society of the United States stated there are an estimated 16,387 dogs, 17,543 cats, 3063 birds, 2,363 horses, 1,263 pocket pets and 975 reptiles in the Bedford Community. But our animals are often the last members of our families that we plan for when facing an emergency.

  • Christmas Classic is not to blame

    Josh Raines doesn’t strike me as a grinch.

    Raines, race director of the YMCA Peaks of Otter Christmas Classic, was surprised that his race was being pointed to as the primary reason for the movement of Bedford’s annual Christmas parade into the evening.

    The parade, which has been held on the first Saturday of December, has a start time of 11 a.m.

  • Redefining Christianity for political gain

    I read an interesting article in Thursday's Wall Street Journal. It was at the bottom of Page 6 of the July 24 edition. It was only four paragraph's long but the head "Christian PAC to Run Obama Ads" caught my attention.

    The PAC calls itself "The Matthew 25 Network" and the article states that it "is a consortium of Christian faith leaders and activists working to elect more Democrats to office who share the same 'biblical and gospel values'."

  • When it comes to energy, this nation's leaders must be willing to act

    How should the United States address the current energy crisis?

  • New London cannery opens its doors for the season

    The New London Cannery kicked off the canning season with an open house last week.

    Located behind New London Academy, the cannery is designed to help people with large gardens to produce in quantity. Gardeners canning in quantity can get the whole job done in one morning.

    You buy your cans when you come in. These are regular tin cans, like you see on store shelves. The big difference is that when you're done, you know exactly what's in them because you put it there.

  • New substation will meet Forest needs

    Bedford County's supervisors gave a new American Electric Power (AEP) substation in the Forest area their unanimous approval.

    Called the Coffee Substation, it will be located on an 11 acre site on Old Farm Road, near Coffee Road. An existing 138,000 volt transmission line, which George Clemo, an attorney representing AEP, said had been there since the 1920s, crosses one side of the parcel. The towers on this line are 115 feet tall.

  • Employers given keys to deal with changing work force

    Employers need to be flexible to deal with a changing work force, according to Greg Roth a senior manager at the Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW).

    Roth spoke last week at a Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce seminar, part of the Chamber's Lunch & Learn Series. Roth's organization is an affiliate of the United States Chamber of Commerce. ICW, in collaboration with the Families and Work Institute and the Twiga Foundation, did a four year study on workplace flexibility. This study is what got the Chamber's attention and led to the invitation for Roth to speak.

  • Event raises funds for educational programs

    Sedalia Center rang to the sounds of bluegrass music this past weekend as the Bedford County Sheriff's Office held its fifth annual bluegrass festival.

    According to Sergeant David Marsh of the Sheriff's Office, this is one of two major fundraising events to support its educational programs such as GREAT, a school based program designed to encourage youth to stay away from drugs and gangs. A golf tournament is the other fundraising effort.

  • Area residents gather one last time at The General Store

    For years, H.D. Coffey General Store served as a gathering place for local residents of that area. Students gathered there to catch the school bus; adults came to check up on the latest news.

    Thirty years ago the store closed, but it stayed intact, like a museum preserving the area's history. And every so often some individual or group would come to the store to take a tour ? and to remember memories of the past.