Today's News

  • Obama stem cell order was correct

        The Obama administration sent a clear signal last week that science, not a mixture of religion and conservative political ideology, will be its guide in all matters of public policy.

        The president signed an executive order that reversed Bush administration rules on embryonic stem cell research, opening the way for more federal dollars to be used on activities that could lead to new methods of treatments for Parkinson’s Disease, diabetes, spinal cord injuries and other ailments.

  • A retirement home for al-Bashir

        The International Criminal Court charged Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir with crimes against humanity on March 4.

        While some people are applauding this action, all the evidence so far is that this action by this “court” is a farce. Al-Bashir reacted by expelling 13 aid agencies from Darfur. Other African leaders reacted by rallying around him.

        Al-Bashir continues to rule Sudan and live in luxury.

  • Minutemen top Marion to make State semifinals

    Liberty unleashed the dogs and easily dispatched Marion Senior High School.  The win advanced the Minutemen to the state semifinals, where they faced Cave Spring.  That game took place Tuesday, at VCU’s Siegel Center.

  • River girls' run ends in Salem
  • Giving it a whirl

    Body Camp Elementary School’s PTA is raising money to buy new playground equipment and they’ve hit on a unique fundraising idea.

        It’s called “Dancing with the Staff” and is based on the TV program “Dancing with the Stars.” In the Body Camp version, the stars are replaced by faculty members. Even the principal, Dr. Marvin McGinnis, who has no problem with climbing up on a hot school roof top to promote reading, is giving it a whirl. Staff members are paired with students from the fifth grade class.

  • No tax hike in county budget

    Bedford County’s supervisors voted, at a Monday evening work session, to advertise a budget that calls for no tax increases.

        The personal property, real estate, machinery and tools, merchants’ capital public service corporations and the mobile homes taxes will all remain at current fiscal year’s level.

  • Board sends budget to supervisors

    Though it’s been told to expect $1.5 million less in funding this year from the county, the Bedford County School Board approved a $106.7 million budget Thursday for the 2009-2010 school year, representing $1.2 million in cuts from last year’s budget. The board approved the budget hoping the county supervisors will go ahead and cover the $300,000 difference from what it’s been told to expect.

  • Nobody is indestructible

        Sarah Panzau served as a living example to students at Staunton River High School last week of what a bad choice can do to you.

  • Man convicted of abduction

        A Bedford man was found guilty of only one of 13 felony charges he was facing, following a three-day trial in Bedford County Circuit Court last week.

  • Council hears from agencies seeking funding

    Several agencies hoping to be offered financial support in the city of Bedford’s upcoming budget appeared before City Council last Tuesday.