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Today's News

  • The new Pete Rose--commentary

    Just when it looked as though Pete Rose was finally riding off into the sunset, along comes his replacement.

    I don't mean a replacement for Rose as the Major League Baseball's all-time hitting champ.

    No, I mean as a replacement for Rose as the Major League Baseball player who won't admit to his cruddy behavior and salvage a small piece of his reputation.

    The replacement is one of the most talented players of his time, who crossed into prohibited territory but whose ego won't allow him to 'fess up.

    Of course I'm talking about Roger Clemens.

  • Brookville wins District crown--yawn

    The generally accepted Machiavellian principle is that if you challenge a king, you must kill him. Otherwise, woe be it onto you.

    In the case of the Seminole District championship tournament, regal Brookville was challenged, but came away with its kingdom intact, wearing the District crown for a 39th consecutive year.

  • Two out of three ain't bad

    While the girls were putting three county teams into the Regionals, the boys were holding up their end as both Liberty and Jefferson Forest earned tickets to the next level. The Minutemen topped Staunton River in a bruising affair by the score of 75-50. The Cavaliers beat perennial powerhouse Heritage in a back-and-forth affair by the score of 47-43.

    With Brookville having won the regular season title, Liberty and Forest will spend the remainder of this week trying to earn a coveted second seed and the Regional home opener that comes with it.

  • Ladies' night

    Staunton River easily clinched its berth in the Regional where the Lady Eagles will be joined by County mates Jefferson Forest and Liberty. The three squads advanced with opening round wins over Seminole District rivals.

    The wins also put the trio of Bedford teams into the District semifinals, which include Brookville. This past Tuesday, the Lady Cavs took on the Bees while the Golden Eagles squared off with the Minettes.

    The District championship will be played Friday evening, along with the boys' titlist tilt, at Jefferson Forest.

  • The Senate's obligation to act on federal nominees

    Perhaps one of the most important responsibilities of the United States Senate is to give the President's pending federal nominations a prompt vote in order to ensure that Federal courts and agencies have the personnel they need to best serve the American people.

    Currently, there are more than 180 nominees awaiting a vote in the Senate. Thirty of these nominees have been waiting more than a year for a Senate vote and half have been waiting 100 days or longer. This is simply unacceptable.

  • House rejects earmark reform effort

    One of the big issues that is currently before Congress is earmark reform. An earmark occurs when a member of the House of Representatives or the Senate specifies how a certain amount of money in an agency?s budget is to be spent, most often in the member?s own district or state. In the past, a few of these earmarks had been entered in a conference report and were never included in the floor discussions of the bills.

  • One hundred years in Iraq?

    Several weeks ago, long before Sen. John McCain enjoyed his current status as the Republican Party’s “presumptive nominee” for president, he was holding a campaign rally somewhere.

    With him was pro-Iraqi war Senator Joe Lieberman, a “Democrat” (if I may borrow Dr. Barnhart’s quotation marks) who has endorsed McCain almost exclusively because of their shared passion for “victory” in Iraq.

  • Shortfall leaves General Assembly scrambling for answers

    House Republicans saw the economic downturn coming last year and in January asked Gov. Tim Kaine and his staff for an update to budget revenue projections. That update didn't come until this past week.

    And the outlook wasn't good (a $1.4 billion shortfall) and the timing was late (just days before budget proposals were to be finalized).

    Now significant changes must be made. And they won't be easy.

  • McCain will need a conservative Veep

    Last week I mentioned a fellow at my church as an example of an evangelical Christian who supported Mitt Romney. After Romney dropped out of the race, I asked this guy who he planned to vote for in the Virginia primary. He said that he planned to vote for Mike Huckabee and explained why.

    He was convinced that John McCain will be the Republican Party's nominee for president. However, he felt that it would be good if Huckabee shows up at the Republican National Convention with enough support to have an influence.

  • Letters

    Not happy with policies

    Forty three years ago I came to Bedford County and fell in love with this small town. I remember how billboards dominated every inch of Tidewater in the 1960s, a real culture shock from Europe. Bedford, however, was full of only mountains and fresh air. This area has changed quite a bit since then, but it still retains its charm ....