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Today's News

  • M-Spam becoming a serious problem

    Spam in text messages on cell phones is a growing problem in the United States, and several of us are sponsoring legislation in the House of Representatives to outlaw this practice.

    Earlier in this decade, the ?Do Not Call? registry was enacted in response to consumer complaints that unwanted telemarketing calls had become a serious nuisance at home and on their cell phones. Ever since the registry was established, the amount of unwanted telemarketing calls has dropped significantly.

  • Letters

    The Old Paths

    I like the Old Paths, when moms were at home dads, were at work, brothers went into the Army and sisters got married and then had children. Crime did not pay, hard work did and people knew the difference. Moms could cook, dads would work, children would behave.

    Husbands were loving, wives were supportive and children were polite. Women looked like ladies and men were gentlemen. Women wore jewelry and men wore pants, and children looked decent. People loved the truth and hated a lie, they came to the church to get in, not to get out.

  • Expand your world - volunteer

    If you believe volunteering is all about giving to others, you’ve missed half the point. Very often you will find that you “get” even better than you “give”.

  • Liberal media myth lies shattered

    Anyone who truly believes in a “liberal media” would have to wonder why news organizations would spend endless weeks carrying on over nutty comments from Barack Obama’s former preacher.

    Following the “logic” that media only supports and encourages liberal candidates at the expense of glorious conservatism, then surely it wouldn’t hammer home something that is only likely to hurt Obama’s campaign.

  • Ukraine revisited

    I finally got back to my home in Roanoke a little before midnight, on April 27, after 36 hours of travel. This included an overnight train ride from Nikolaev to Kiev and 13 hours of air travel, punctuated by layovers in London and Detroit. That was a Sunday and after taking Monday off as a sleep-deprivation recovery and laundry day, I returned to the Bulletin’s office on Tuesday to find that they actually missed me while I was gone. At least Tom Wilmoth, my boss missed me as my absence meant a very busy week for him.

  • Humane Society closer to finding site for animal shelter

    Society is seeking help to find foster homes for the animals it has now.

    According to Bedford Humane Society executive director Doreen Ehasz, the organization is in need of caring, temporary homes for foster animals.

  • Did you hear?

    Tattoos and sidewalks

    The Bedford Planning Commission took a look at tattoo parlors and sidewalks during its meeting held last Thursday. A tattoo parlor appears to be on the way and a sidewalk will likely appear along Independence Boulevard, though only in places.

  • Law enforcement honored

    For the fifth year, Bedford Domestic Violence Services has honored local law enforcement with its Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (LEAD) awards.

    According to Connie St. John, Bedford Domestic Violence Services' director, the award highlights the local collaborative climate between law enforcement, the court system, social services and Bedford Domestic Violence Services. St. John said that she works around the state and this collaborative environment doesn't exist in all localities.

  • Nine for now

    In 2001 Mike and Pam Poff were ready to take over a youth group at their church.

    But the night before that announcement was going to be made everything changed. Pregnant with what she believed was twins, Pam suffered complications late one night and went to Bedford Memorial Hospital. An ultrasound technician was called in.

  • DEQ meets with neighbors of sewage treatment plant

    Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) held a public information meeting Monday night at Camp Jaycee, on the department’s intention to reissue a permit for the camp’s sewage treatment plant.

    According to District 6 Supervisor Annie Pollard, the board of supervisors had originally asked DEQ to hold a public hearing on the permit reissuance. After DEQ denied this request, the county requested a public information meeting.