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Today's News

  • With costs going up and funding going down wish lists are out

    As the holiday season picks up, everyone's making a wish list. But as budget time approaches for county schools, "needs" will be much more important than "wants" this season.

    There are always new projects to pursue, new technology to embrace and new buildings that need constructed. Hands are already being extended in hopes of snagging additional dollars.

  • Letters to the editor

    Just suppose

    Suppose all the churches met to organize a Christmas exercise to be held on the town green.

    A large lean-to, a cradle with hay and straw supplied. Members would portray Mary, Joseph and the three wise men. An assortment of animals for the one night event. Lighting erected, the choirs of the churches combine for inspiring songs.

  • Much needed immigration reforms

    The United States of America is a nation of immigrants. Legal immigration has blessed our nation with talent, diversity, and a commitment to freedom. However, we are also a nation of laws. Illegal immigration mocks our system of justice and costs our taxpayers billions of dollars every year, while taking jobs from law-abiding citizens and legal residents. This situation has reached crisis proportions and cannot be allowed to continue.

  • Bedford Education Foundation checks in

    The Bedford Education Foundation presented checks to two county schools last week.

    A $600 check went to Thaxton Elementary School to help pay for Weekly Readers and Accelerated Readers. The Weekly Reader is the modern version of the publication that elementary school children have read for decades. The Accelerated Reader program is more recent.

  • Legislation would protect employers with English only policies

    No organization is more respected nor has more wide-spread appeal than the Salvation Army. Founded in London in 1865, the Salvation Army provides aid and assistance to troops who are far from home and to the needy in countless communities worldwide.

  • Airport hosts police driving course

    Sheriff's deputies from Bedford County and Campbell County spent last week at New London Airport.

    They weren't there to fly and although the airport also hosts drag racing, they weren't there to race.

    "This is our annual drivers' training," said Sergeant David Marsh, of the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

    Marsh said that this is the third year they have conducted this training, and they always do it at New London Airport. The airport shuts down for a week and its paved runways/drag strip offer a safe place for law enforcement officers to do this training.

  • Journey to Japan

    My enchantment with faraway places began as a child reading stories about people of different cultures. My determination grew to visit destinations around the world.

    As School Library Media Specialist at Thaxton Elementary School in Bedford County, I was recently given such an opportunity as a participant in the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program. Along with 200 educators from around the country, I embarked on an exploration of Japan on Oct. 14.

  • The gift of life only you can give

    This time of year we are more conscious of gifts than at any other time. However, there are those who donate their blood, the gift of life, to others all during the year.

    One such man is John Davis-McMullan, who is a regular blood donor. John usually gives what we call "doubles" (2 pints) every 112 days. John has been giving blood most all of his adult life, and in Virginia for the past seven years.

  • A matter of the heart

    Time ran out for Andrew Madison, a freshman at Liberty High School, on Nov. 13.

    Madison had been living on borrowed time, or rather a borrowed heart for seven years. He underwent a heart transplant on July 17, 2000, a procedure to replace his own heart, which had several things wrong with it. The biggest problem, according to his mother, Linda Johnson, was that the heart's left ventricle never developed.

  • Va. 655 set for realignment

    A project, scheduled to start next year, will eliminate a traffic hazard on Va. 122, south of Moneta.

    This project will align Diamond Hill Road with Hendricks Store Road. Both of these are Va. 655. The problem is that the roads don't intersect with Va. 122 at the same point. Those traveling east on Va. 655 have to turn right at its intersection with Va. 122, then turn left less than 100 yards down the road. Those traveling west must reverse this process. Both intersections are controlled by traffic signals.