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Today's News

  • Time to file claims for 2007 medical expenses

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has advised claims for reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical expenses incurred during 2007 will be accepted beginning Jan. 1, 2008.

    If you were receiving monetary benefits under the Improved Pension Program during 2007 you may be eligible for partial reimbursement of medical expenses you paid for yourself or any dependent you are legally obligated to support. You may submit a claim to VA for reimbursement of the expenses you have paid and were not reimbursed by insurance or any other source.

  • GOP faithful anoint Mike Huckabee

    The story goes that on the road to Damascus, Saul of Tarsus, who had been persecuting and killing this new breed of people known as "Christians," was himself converted to the religion by a blinding light and a voice that told him he'd soon have a new calling.

    God, in other words, chose Paul (Saul?s new name), not vice versa. Mitt Romney, on the road to Washington, D.C. via Des Moines, was also blinded. While it may not have been God speaking to him, it was certainly the voice of a large group of people who sincerely believe that God tells them how to make political choices.

  • 'Democrats' accomplished something

    Last month, I wrote how the "Democrats" accomplished nothing during their first year in control of Congress. That's not entirely true. They managed to spend billions of dollars of our tax money through earmarks attached to important funding bills.

  • A magical day

    Many times ? in fact more times than not ? our expectations for trips can exceed reality, a la the Griswold's ill-fated trip to Wally World in the movie "National Lampoon's Vacation."

    But thankfully that's not always the case. My family's visit to Disney World after Christmas is a case in point.

    This wasn't a Disney vacation, but rather a one-day venture out during our Florida trip to see my wife's parents. We had promised our children that one day we'd take them to Disney and this was our chance.

    Walt and the gang at Disney didn't disappoint.

  • Congress once again steps up to the plate in a useless attempt to play ball

    For the second time in three years, baseball will have a day of reckoning before Congress as steroid use in the game is investigated.

    You'd think this country's lawmakers could find something better to do with their time.

  • The digital television transition

    In a little over a year, television broadcasters will stop broadcasting their signal in analog format and will broadcast only in digital format. This transition from analog to digital, known as the Digital TV (DTV) transition, will take place on February 17, 2009 and will bring new opportunities and innovative services to all consumers. The potential for more channels, better picture clarity, and greater consumer interaction are what make digital television such an exciting technology.

  • Coupons for digital TV converter boxes available

    Beginning February 18, 2009, anyone who does not own a digital television set and still gets programming via over-the-air antennas will no longer be able to receive a picture without a converter box. That is the day that the television industry completes its transition from old style analog broadcasting to digital. Viewers who have cable service or have satellite dish TV reception will not need a converter box.

  • County to consider rezoning in Cedar Key

    Bedford County's planning commission voted, 6-1, to hold a public hearing on rezoning 29 parcels in the Cedar Key neighborhood.

    Cedar Key is located on Smith Mountain Lake and some of the parcels are lake-front property. The owners of the majority of the parcels want their parcels rezoned from AP (agricultural preserve) to R-1 (low density residential). The adjoining land is already zoned R-1. Five of the lots are split zoned.

  • Foreign exchange

    Foreign exchange students and their Bedford area host families often form close bonds during their year together.

    This happened in the case of Helena Penninger and Charles and Linda Exley. The Exleys hosted the German teen during her year at Liberty High School during the 2005-2006 school year. This past Christmas, the Exleys hosted Penninger again, along with her mother, Claudine, for a visit.

  • Program helps elderly stay healthy

    Isolation and nutrition can be problems for elderly people. The Central Virginia Area Agency on Aging (CVAAA) Senior Services oversees three sites in Bedford County to extend a helping hand.

    One site is in Montvale, another in Moneta and a third in a portion of the old county nursing home off Falling Creek Road. All of them provide hot lunches three times a week.