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Today's News

  • Why grant Iraqi refugees special status if the situation is improving?

    The House of Representatives has approved the National Defense Authorization Act on a vote of 370-to-49. While I supported many of the items in the bill, I could not vote for it, because of the plan to relocate thousands of Iraqi refugees into the United States. A refugee is defined as a person fleeing his or her country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

  • The Christmas account

    And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

    (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

    And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

    And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

    To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

  • Christmas Station helps area families

    Some 1,000 residents of Bedford and Bedford County will have a better Christmas season thanks to volunteers' efforts at the Bedford Community Christmas Station this year.

    Those volunteers have been busy the past two weeks helping eligible families shop for Christmas at the store, now in its second year.

    "We hope to grow every year until we serve all the families that need help," stated Karen Hughes, president of the Christmas Station. "People looked very pleased and volunteers had a great time."

  • Oakwood Villas project moves ahead

    Bedford County's planning commission voted, Monday night, to recommend Oakwood Villas.

    Oakwood Villas is a condominium project which, its developers say, will be aimed at retirees or those who will soon retire. Because the project straddles the city/county line both the city and the county have to approve a rezoning.

  • Sixth graders may move out of BSTC

    Bedford area sixth graders, now holding classes at the Bedford Science and Technology Center, will likely be moved next year, probably to Bedford Elementary School.

    Bedford County School Superintendent Dr. James Blevins has asked the school board to consider moving second grade classes, currently meeting at the elementary school, to Bedford Primary School to free up space for the sixth graders to move to Bedford Elementary.

  • 'Skim and scan' to be added to selection process

    A committee looking into how Bedford County schools review books to be included in school libraries doesn't want to see its policy changed, but it does suggest adding another layer of protection ? a "skim and scan" approach.

  • Putney assumes role as chairman of Appropriations Committee

    Delegate Lacey Putney has taken on a new role in the House of Delegates.

    Putney, who has been the vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee is now its chairman. This committee is responsible for developing the House of Delegates version of the entire state budget. In addition, Putney said that all legislation regarding the Virginia Retirement System, and public employee pay and insurance goes through the Appropriation's Committee.

  • Staunton River High School ponders move to Blue Ridge District

    Staunton River High School has applied to leave the Seminole District in order to join the Blue Ridge. The move, if approved, would impact all VHSL sanctioned extracurricular activities. It would also break up the current configuration in which all Bedford County high schools are a part of the Seminole District.

    If approved, the move would take place for the 2009-2010 school year.

  • Election winners sworn in

    Generally, the people who appear before Bedford County Circuit Court Judge James Updike are in serious trouble. Monday was one of the exceptions.

    "It's nice to have a happy occasion in here," Judge Updike told a gathering of the winners of last month's elections.

    This was their swearing-in ceremony, a ceremony always conducted in circuit court. Judge Updike normally brings with him the newspaper photo of his first ceremony, when he was sworn in as Bedford County Commonwealth's Attorney in 1979.

  • Tournament time for wrestling squads

    It was tournament-time this past weekend, and all three county wrestling squads were in action. Staunton River made the long journey to Winston-Salem, NC, for the Parkland Duals. Liberty and Jefferson Forest had shorter jaunts, as they both grappled in the Rustburg Invitational.

    Eagles fly south