• Mrs. Virginia sees value in promoting the arts

        Julie Austin-Witcher, Mrs. Virginia, has a heart for art.

        A Huddleston native and Staunton River High School graduate,  Austin-Witcher earned her bachelor’s degree in theater at Lynchburg College and serves on the board of directors for Little Town Players (LTP). She played the office drunk in LTP’s recent production of 9 to 5, a musical.
        “My bit was very comical,” she said.

  • School Board opts not to let students shut out of Thaxton Elementary to attend that school

        Despite a request from a parent and a board member, the Bedford County School Board decided Thursday not to allow six students who had been denied a zone transfer request to Thaxton Elementary to attend that school anyway.

  • Middle school plans move ahead

        The new middle school in the Liberty Zone will be located either behind the current Liberty High School or on property donated to the county off U.S. 460 near the Bedford Area Family YMCA.
        Construction of the new school is expected to cost between $34 million to $40 million, if built for 800 students; less than that if the size of the school is smaller.

  • Making Middle Grades Work: BMS selected for national honor

    By Tom Wilmoth
    and Staff Reports

  • Board names D-Day Foundation president

        Now there is only one.

        After having co-presidents for eight months, the National D-Day Foundation now has a sole president; April Cheek-Messier was offered the post and has accepted it.
         Cheek-Messier, the daughter of District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek, is a Bedford County native and a 1990 Staunton River High School graduate. Her father was in Staunton River’s first graduating class and her mother, Sheron Allen Cheek, was in Liberty High School’s first graduating class.

  • D-Day Camp offers hands-on learning

    The National D-Day Memorial gave area youth a hands-on learning experience about World War II last week. One event was a scavenger hunt that revolved around code breaking.

  • Though no longer on the school board, Mickey VanDerwerker has plans to keep busy

        Bright and early Monday morning—even as the City of Bedford sign at the Municipal Building was being taken down, replaced with its new Town of Bedford upgrade—Mickey VanDerwerker was hard at work teaching theater to a group of area youth at Liberty High School.

        VanDerwerker has spent the past 16 years serving as the city’s representative on the Bedford County School Board.

  • A fond farewell: School board honors its city counterparts—and one of its own

    school board. District 2 school board member Jason Johnson noted that VanDerwerker signed his high school diploma. She was vice chairman of the school board that year.

        “I’m the only one on the school board who can say, ‘Mrs. VanDerwerker signed my high school diploma,’” Johnson said.
        VanDerwerker spoke her last official words as a member of the Bedford County School Board at the end of the meeting.
        “I move we adjourn,” she said

  • Thaxton resident takes her students on a trip back in time

        A group of students at the Community School in Hollins spent much of this spring exploring Bedford’s history, thanks to a Thaxton resident who teaches at the school.

  • The SRHS Golden Class is here

        For the Staunton River High School Class of 2013, it was truly a Golden Commencement.
        Celebrating the 50th graduating class in the school’s history, close to 270 SRHS seniors were urged to not just follow someone else’s trail, but to blaze their own. The commencement was held Saturday evening at the Vines Center at Liberty University in Lynchburg.