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Today's News

  • Local lads' roundball success varies coming out of gate

    Forest's Head Coach Paul Smith could not hide his disappointment following the Cavs' lackluster loss to visiting Appomattox. "We're beyond the point of earning moral victories," he said. "Merely hanging in there is not what we're here for."

    The Cavs looked unimpressive as they let the Raiders' Michael St. John take charge of the game and put up 23 points, nearly half of the Appomattox total in its 48-44 win.

    Ted Price scored nearly half the Forest points, as he pumped in 21 for the game. Brandon Harrison added 10 and Todd tenPas chipped in a pair.

  • Letters

    Deal smells

    I have been a depositor at the Bedford Savings Bank (now FNB) for over 20 years, and have a good part of my life savings deposited there.

    This deal with VFGI smells to high heaven. This whole national financial disaster has been caused by lending institutions lending money they don't have to people who cannot possibly pay it back.

  • The need for a comprehensive energy policy

    Energy is vital to every sector of the U.S. economy, including homes, small businesses and industries. Energy powers computers, appliances, technology and the Internet and fuels transportation and farming processes. When energy supplies are tight, families and businesses are severely impacted by the resulting increase in energy costs.

  • Legislation will create cyber tip-line to report child exploitation

    The Internet is a valuable tool in many cases, and technology has offered many opportunities to advance our lives in the 21st Century. However, some are exploiting technology, and the Internet is being used by those who traffic in and seek out child pornography, with many of those involved in Internet child pornography being in the United States.

    In recognition of the need to fight child pornography on the Internet, the House of Representatives has adopted legislation amending the Missing Children's Assistance Act. I voted for this bill.

  • Yet again, Bush can't master the facts

    In October, in the middle of his latest remarks about the alleged threat from Iran, President George W. Bush actually used the phrase "World War III."

    You'd think that no American president would ever utter such a thing unless we were in the most dire circumstances. But Bush has proven that he lives in a world of his own, where anything goes when it comes to pushing his warmongering view of the world.

    The problem was - and there are always problems with what Bush says - Iran wasn't working on a nuclear weapon and hadn't been since 2003.

  • A baloney sandwich

    The never ending presidential campaign will finally get down to business next month as the first primaries and caucuses are held. In a few months we should know who the two major parties will present to us as their presidential candidates.

  • A simple prayer

    Back in 2006 a study was released questioning the power of prayer to patients undergoing heart surgery. The major national media outlets glowingly carried headlines from the study such as: "Study shrugs off power to heal" (USA Today), "Power of prayer flunks an unusual test" (MSNBC.MSN.com); or "Study: Prayer didn't help sick" (Seattle Times).

  • With U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson handing down a 23 month sentence Monday, Michael Vick now begins his road to redemption

    To some, Michael Vick has lost it all.

    He's lost his millions, he's lost his friends, he's lost his career and he's lost his freedom.

    But the one hope he can hang onto is that he hasn't necessarily lost his shot at a second chance.

    That choice still is his to make.

    During his sentencing Monday in U.S. District Court, Vick said "I made some bad judgments along the way."

  • Well head protection, convenience store plans move ahead

    Both a well head protection overlay and a convenience store, both in the Hardy area, received the Bedford County Planning Commission's approval last week.

    Virginia Ridge Water Company, a private water company that serves the Virginia Ridge subdivision on Hardy Road, requested the well head protection overlay. This would restrict how parcels of land within 1,000 feet of each of its three well heads could be used. Certain uses, including fuel storage, are prohibited within 500 feet of the well head.

  • Two lose lives in separate accidents

    Two area residents lost their lives on Bedford County roads this past week ? one as a result of icy conditions on county roads Friday morning.

    Pamela Joyce Miller, 54, of Thaxton, was traveling south on Virginia 691 when she ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree, according to Sgt. Bob Carpentieri of the Virginia State Police. The accident occurred at about 9 a.m. and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Carpentieri said Miller was wearing her seat belt, adding that the single-vehicle accident was weather related.