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Today's News

  • Keeping the Internet safe for our children

    The Internet is one of the most useful inventions of all time. The Internet provides access to a wealth of information and services that enable our children to look up information for school projects, allows us to check the weather for Saturday?s soccer game, and even to order groceries online and have them delivered to our door. Unfortunately, the Internet can also be used by criminals to prey on our children.

  • Rising health care costs hit self-employed particularly hard

    A bill that is important to self-employed Americans has been introduced in the House of Representatives. I am a co-sponsor of HR 3660, which would amend the Internal Revenue Service Code to provide that the deduction for the health insurance costs of self-employed individuals be allowed in determining self-employment tax. Passage of this bill would end a significant inequity within the tax code, an inequity that penalizes self-employed citizens and makes it increasingly difficult to afford health coverage.

  • The problem of illegal immigrants (Part I)

    Many Bedford residents may not have given it a thought, but that does not mean we do not have a problem sitting at our door that the longer we put off addressing the more difficult it will be to resolve.

    The problem is illegal immigrants.

  • Stupid criminal tricks

    We are right in the midst of a prime air travel season. Thanksgiving is just behind us and Christmas is ahead. This brought to mind an opinion piece I read on the Internet earlier this month.

    It was written by somebody named Ed Feulner who was identified as the president of the Heritage Foundation. Feulner noted that we haven't been hit by a terrorist attack on U. S. soil since 9/11.

    "The reason we haven?t been hit is because U.S. authorities are actively pursuing ? and stopping ? individuals and groups intent on killing Americans," Feulner states.

  • Christmas Parade is Saturday

    The Bedford Christmas Parade will be held this Saturday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. in Historic Centertown Bedford.

    The Centertown Tree Lighting will be held at 6 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 30. A window decorating contest will also be held and those attending will be able to vote for their favorite decorated storefront.

    There will be carriage rides, caroling and refreshments to add to the festivities. Stores will stay open late offering holiday deals.

  • Developer's plan must harmonize with VDOT

    A project that George Aznavorian hopes to build near Bedford will depend on whether Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) requirements harmonize with his plans.

    Aznavorian has preliminary plans for a project to be called Harmony. Harmony's concept would be similar to that of Mayberry Hills in Moneta. There would be a commercial center, near U. S. 460, with a mixture of residential units farther back from the highway.

  • Board looks at accounting of funds provided to agencies

    Bedford County provides funds to outside agencies every year. No financial report is currently required from these organizations, but that could soon change.

    Monday night, County Administrator Kathleen Guzi presented the supervisors with three reporting options. Guzi said that these were based on discussion by the supervisors during past budget sessions.

  • Putney says Commonwealth is in a state of flux

    Delegate Lacey Putney described the Commonwealth as being in a state of flux following this month's election.

    Putney was the featured speaker at the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce's annual State of the Commonwealth luncheon, Tuesday. Putney, an independent, caucuses with the Republicans in the House of Delegates. Republicans retained control of the House by a 55 to 45 margin. Democrats will control the senate.

    "The coming session is certainly going to be unique," Putney said.

    "I feel optimistic that there is going to be a spirit of cooperation," he went on to say.

  • Teen pleads guilty to dealing drugs

    Last December Justin Berger of Lynchburg was walking around as an 18-year-old teen with $4,000 cash in his pocket and another $12,000 at his home ? and he didn't have a regular job.

    Now that money is in the hands of law enforcement officials and Berger stands guilty of three counts of distribution of cocaine and one count of possession with the intent to distribute. Berger pleaded guilty in Bedford County Circuit Court last week to the charges and faces five to 40 years on each count.

  • Projects move ahead

    During a lengthy meeting that extended to 11 p.m., last week, Bedford County's planning commission gave a thumbs up to two projects.