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Today's News

  • Not a secret ballot

    On Tuesday, Feb. 12 I intended to avail myself of my right to vote in the Presidential Primary.

    Not being a registered member of any political party I was pleased to learn that any registered voter could participate. I showed up at my assigned polling place and was greeted courteously and asked for some identification. I presented my identification, which was passed along to the inspectors.

  • The decline of conservatism?

    Few people would argue that Democrats hold most of the trump cards for this fall’s presidential and Congressional elections. The sustained and intense unpopularity of George W. Bush and his war in Iraq are the main, but not the only, reasons.

    But might there be something else happening, too? Something even more profound than the electoral fortunes of either party?

  • Walking away is unrealistic

    John McCain isn't a crazy man, as Rick Howell suggested in last week's Liberal Agenda. Unlike the "Democratic" Party's far left, John McCain is a realist.

    We can't simply walk away from what we've gotten ourselves into without consequences. This is something that McCain understands, something that the lefties can't grasp.

    Maybe they can grasp it, but just don't want to. Mr. Howell, for example, has advocated twice this year that we walk away from military commitments in East Asia as well as in Iraq.

  • New facility will do alternative fuel research

    With oil now topping $100 a barrel, it becomes even more imperative for American research to lead the way to freeing us from our addiction to foreign oil and petroleum-based products. For several years, I have been supportive of such research in our area, and now a new company is joining in our work.

  • In the end, House Republicans opt for the same old thing

    When election time rolls around there's always plenty of talk of change. The problem, however, is regardless of who is elected, the eventual outcome almost always brings us more of the same.

    Take the recent action in the Virginia House of Delegates, for example.

    After more than 150 years of Democrat-controlled redistricting, the Republicans finally had their shot in 2001 to change the way the process was handled. Instead, it simply meant a new party was in charge.

  • Project will make news clippings available to the public

    A new project at the National D-Day Memorial Foundation will make a treasure trove of old newspaper clippings, available to the public.

    The collection of clippings were a pleasant surprise for the Foundation. A woman in Franklin County contacted Foundation workers and asked if they would like to have her mother's World War II scrapbooks.

    "I thought we were talking six or seven scrapbooks," said Shannon Brooks, the foundation's associate for research and publications.

    They received 16.

  • Quest Ministries taps into interest of local sportsmen

    There's no shortage of sports enthusiasts in Bedford County and Quest Ministries was established a decade ago at Palestine Baptist Church to reach out to them.

    The ministry continues to grow.

    This past weekend Quest Ministries sponsored its annual Wild Game Dinner with close to 1,000 area hunting and fishing sportsmen in attendance. It's an event that grows every year.

    "Our church family has just embraced it," said Rodney Dellis, about the Wild Game Dinner.

  • Big Island student wins county spelling bee

    Jackson Tomlin thought for a moment and then calmly spelled the word: "h-o-w-i-t-z-e-r."

    Bedford County, meet your new spelling bee champion.

    Jackson of Big Island Elementary School outlasted 16 other contestants last Wednesday to claim the county championship. As a result he advances to the regional contest next month in Roanoke.

    At first, Jackson said, his final word to win the spelling bee didn't register. "Then it just came to me," he said.

  • Elks National Home has been nominated for placement on the National Register of Historic Places

    Have you ever known a New Yorker that had never been to the top of the Empire State Building? Or a Philadelphian who'd never been to visit the Liberty Bell?

    Many folks often take for granted the historical landmarks of their hometowns.

    The leadership of the Bedford Historical Society wanted to make sure that Bedfordites didn't miss out on an opportunity to discover one of our architectural jewels. The Society hosted a presentation about and a tour of the Elks National Home this past Sunday.

  • Charges certified against former SRHS teacher

    A former Staunton River High School teacher, arrested in January for having a sexual relationship with a student at the school, will have four charges of taking indecent liberties with a minor while in a custodial relationship sent to a Bedford County grand jury.