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Education

  • Forum focuses on safety

        “I’m part of a club that nobody wants to be a part of,” said Tim Groover, when he spoke at a teen driving safety forum at Staunton River High School (SRHS) Monday night.

  • Teachers let board know they expect raises next year

        Don’t expect Bedford County teachers to be quite as understanding this upcoming budget year if raises aren’t included as part of the package.
        Bedford County Education Association President Cheryl Sprouse said teachers plan to make their feelings clearly known to both the school board and the board of supervisors as the 2013-2014 budget is crafted.

  • Future budget issues focus of meeting

        Short- and long-term budget issues were on the agenda at a joint meeting of the Bedford County School Board and Board of Supervisors Tuesday evening.
        A proposal to use $655,000 in leftover money from the 2011-2012 school budget to fund a bonus for school employees prompted little discussion or direction from the supervisors.

  • Teen driving forum at SR

        A teen driving forum, organized by the father of a Staunton River High School student, will be held in the school’s auditorium Monday night, Dec. 17.
        Herb Krebs, the forum’s organizer, said that he got the idea after he saw a petition calling for improvements on Va. 24 where the latest accidents to claim the lives of SRHS students occurred. Krebs said that the money isn’t there to take the actions the petition is requesting.
        “I want something we can do now,” he said.

  • Parents sound off to board

        Parents of students affected by proposed redistricting plans are asking the Bedford County School Board to consider the hardship placed on families before making any decisions.

        The first two of a series of public hearings were held last Thursday. The majority of speakers on the elementary redistricting proposal represented families with students at Otter River Elementary. A second public hearing on the elementary proposal was scheduled to be held this past Tuesday at Thomas Jefferson Elementary.

  • A one-act success story

        As far as Peter Feagans is concerned, Theatre students at Jefferson Forest High School are carving out their own legacy.

        Feagans is among those in Spence White’s third period acting class who claimed the Region III championship Nov. 10 at William Byrd High School. JF’s one-act version of The Rimers of Eldritch beat out performances by Turner Ashby and Harrisonburg high schools, last year’s winners.

  • No bones about it

        The result of a collaborative effort between Brenda Lohr, the anatomy teacher at Liberty High School (LHS), and art teacher Leslie Padgett produced a result that caught the eye of Bedford Memorial Hospital.

        Lohr shared “Pete,” the anatomy class’ skeleton with the art class. Actually “Pete” is a skeleton replica.

  • Local student leads Tech effort

        While Virginia Tech’s football team is the focus of a lot of local people’s attention right now, Tech is fielding a totally different team that has its sights on a national title.

        It’s being led by a local fellow. It’s the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team and its goal is to win the EcoCAR 2 competition. Tech is one of 15 universities in the U. S. that were invited to participate in this competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors.

  • Ware faces more charges

        The former Bedford County Board of Supervisors member, charged with embezzlement and money laundering, has been indicted on additional charges following the meeting of a Bedford County grand jury earlier this month.
        The grand jury indicted Earl Anthony (Tony) Ware of Big Island on an additional 11 counts, five for embezzlement and six for money laundering. Those are in addition to the 14 felony charges for embezzlement and money laundering filed earlier against Ware this year.

  • Public input sought on school plan for moving students

        With two proposed redistricting plans on the table, the Bedford County School Board has scheduled a series of public hearings next month to get public input on the issues.
        One of the plans deals with the redistricting of students at a number of elementary schools in the Forest Zone, primarily, while the other deals with a redistricting plan in the Liberty Zone in an effort to move the remaining sixth graders in that zone to Bedford Middle School.