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Today's News

  • Late Bloomer

    Most of us realize our athletic primes during our high school days. Others blossom during their college years or during their twenties. A few of us hit a peak in our thirties.

    Bill Kesler waited until he was in his nineties before becoming the big man on campus.

    Kesler, a 98 year old resident of the National Elks Home, astounded his peers last week when he rolled five straight strikes in competition at the AMF Lynchburg Lanes.

    The ?Five Bagger? helped push Kesler to a one-game score of 184.

  • Outdoor show at Armory

    Experienced outdoorsmen and youthful novices alike will have an opportunity to be exposed to a wide array of woodsy-related events, demonstrations and goods this very weekend.

    The tenth annual Outdoor Show will be hosted by the Bedford Outdoor Sportsman Association (BOSA) on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event, a favorite of sportsmen of all stripes, will be held at the Bedford Bedford Armory on East Main Street.

  • Hurt, Bell are state track champs

    While no team came close to winning a title, there were enough standout performances by local athletes at the state meet this past weekend to cause rejoicing.

    Liberty?s Kenara Hurt and Staunton River?s James Bell won it all at state. Hurt blistered a 41.26 in the 300 meter dash, while Bell went 14? 4? for top honors in the pole vault. The two gold medals doubled last year?s county haul (Forest?s 4 X 800 relay took first in 2007).

  • The future of higher education

    For many students and families there is the promise of higher education. But for far too many others, the burden of tuition costs is seemingly insurmountable. In Virginia, undergraduate students are paying nearly 7% more in tuition and fees than they did last year. The skyrocketing cost of higher education is a dangerous trend given the often integral role it plays in attaining the American dream and maintaining our competitiveness in a changing global economy.

  • America needs is a balanced energy plan

    The House of Representatives has passed what I believe is an unwise energy bill. If it becomes law, it would lead to a huge increase in the price of gasoline, and it would increase our dependence on foreign fossil fuels, even as America works to develop sustainable alternative energy sources. I voted “No” on this bill, but it passed 220-to-188.

  • Letters

    New leadership

    Listening to the First Lady on the news talking about the U.S. taxpayers funding health care to some foreign countries makes you wonder why we can't have better health care in our country. With elections coming up this fall, I guess we'll have to choose the lesser of two evils, if we can figure out who it is?

  • Session sets new standard for efficiency

    There’s just one week remaining until the scheduled end of this year’s session of the Virginia General Assembly. This is the part of the session where delegates and senators meet to work out the final details on a wide range of legislation, and when an agreement must be reached to reconcile the differing versions of the budget approved by the Senate and the House.

  • Conservatism can't decline

    It’s not possible for “conservatism” to decline. That’s because there is no such thing as “conservatism.”

  • The Obama phenomenon

    As Barack Obama moves closer and closer to the Democratic nomination for president, his campaign resembles something that’s more like a movement, as in civil rights “movement,” or women’s right “movement.”

    Crowds for his rallies have been two or three times larger than either Hillary Clinton or any of his previous Democratic opponents. Much has been said about his soaring rhetoric, and if you take the time to listen to a whole speech, you understand why.

  • A place of worship

    edford County officials have now gone on record that the county has no intent to regulate the subject matter of what its citizens seek to do when they exercise their constitutional right to assemble.

    That’s admirable, but it really wasn’t ever the issue that brought national attention to the county after county officials told the Cowboy Church in Moneta more than a year ago that it had to stop worshiping in a barn.

    At the heart of that issue was the use of facilities and the zoning regulations surrounding it.