Today's News

  • The American people feserve to have iheir voices heard on energy legislation

    Not a day goes by when I am not asked about rising energy prices. A large number of factors have combined to put pressure on gasoline prices and other energy, 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 cost to Americans.

  • Bill takes broad brush approach to energy

    Following the national conventions, Congress is back, and it is still uncertain if the House of Representatives is going to vote on lifting the moratorium on drilling for oil and natural gas on the Outer Continental Shelf, or vote on the American Energy Act, which was discussed in a newsletter last month.

  • Veterans benefits questions and answers

    This month I will share a few of the questions I frequently hear from my clients and hope they will be helpful to you.

    Q - I am the widow of a deceased military retiree and receive benefits under the Survivor Benefit Program (SBP). My benefits were reduced when I began receiving Social Security benefits. Has there been any change in the Social Security off-set?

  • 2008 Constitution Week spotlight announcemenets

    These announcements were provided by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

    In 1955 the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The U. S. Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787.

    The resolution was later adopted by the U. S. Congress and signed into public law. This year the nation is celebrating the 221st anniversary of our Constitution.

  • What does the term 'alcohol abuse' mean?

    Abuse is defined by Webster as “to use so as to mistreat or damage.” If we consider that definition, I think all of us would agree that it is hard to “abuse” alcohol.

    How is alcohol mistreated or abused? Alcohol is a powerful substance that is useful for many purposes. However, when we abuse the use of alcohol it is generally called “alcohol abuse. “ So what exactly is abused?

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  • VP choices change nothing

    Both John McCain and Barack Obama have now made their picks for vice president.

    These picks don't change anything. "Democrats" can rest assured that, should Obama be elected and should something bad happen to him, the man who would step in to replace him is a fellow lefty. Biden has the third most liberal voting record in the senate, slightly behind Obama's which is the most liberal.

  • A sensible approach

    After several months of consideration, the city of Bedford appears to be headed to adopting a sensible approach to its regulations regarding the construction of sidewalks.

  • Wireless network reaches Centertown

    Beginning this week, Centertown Park is officially connected to the Internet.

    After a year of planning, a wireless system has been installed in Centertown that will service the park area. In essence, folks can bring their laptops or PDAs to the park and connect to the Internet if they choose.

    "I think it will be a useful tool," noted Linda Exley, executive director of Bedford Main Street, Inc. "Putting wi-fi in Centertown is going to help our merchants as well as those visiting."

  • Moneta now has a farmers' market

    Although the summer is over, Moneta's new farmer's market has new offerings coming.

    According to Mantana Heim, apples from Gross' and Kennedy's Orchards will be available. During peach season, the market featured fresh peaches, harvested the day of the market, provided by Skinnell's, another Bedford County orchard.

    The market is open on the second and fourth Saturday's of each month and sets up in a section of the Moneta Library's parking lot, behind the library building. It's open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Heim currently has 13 vendors selling a variety of products.

  • Three men charged in connection with thefts of catalytic converters

    Two Roanoke men and one Bedford County man have been arrested and charged in connection with property damage and stealing catalytic converters from two businesses in Bedford County.

    On Aug. 29, Bobby E. Taylor, 38, of Roanoke, and Gregory D. Brown, 53, of Roanoke, were arrested just after midnight while allegedly attempting to steal catalytic converters from Sydisco Salvage, located on Quarterwood Road in Montvale. Both men were charged with destroying private property, trespassing and attempting to steal a catalytic converter.