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Education

  • 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.

  • Johnson wins in District 2

    With all precincts in District 2 reporting, Jason Johnson pulled ahead of Charlotte Maxey to unseat incumbent District 2 school board member Jennifer Merritt, who had been appointed by the school board to fill David Vaden's unexpired term earlier this year. As this was a special election, Johnson will take the seat as soon as he is sworn in.

    Johnson won the seat with 39 percent of the vote. Merritt came in second with 31 percent and Maxey placed a very close third with 30 percent of the vote. Only eight votes separated Merritt and Maxey.

  • Change is coming to school meals

        Long gone are the days when a cafeteria worker brings in her grandmother’s favorite recipe and uses that to prepare lunch for students that day.

  • Board gets details on proposed program for behind-the- wheel training

        By utilizing a new model, and leaning on more community support, the behind-the-wheel driver’s training program in Bedford County Public Schools can be saved and potentially serve more students according to Dr. Mac Duis, director of instruction for the school system.

  • Board remembers students killed in recent accidents

        The Bedford County School Board opened last Thursday’s meeting with a moment of silence in memory of two Liberty High School students killed in separate accidents over the prior two weeks.
        But the board’s discussion of those accidents didn’t stop there. Proactive measures to prevent future deaths were suggested by both administration officials and board members.

  • School board considers redistricting issue

        The Bedford County School Board may soon look seriously at redistricting some county students in order to better utilize school facilities.
        During a work session Thursday, the board received a plan which would call for about 2 percent of the total student population to be redistricted with less than 1 percent actually changing graduation zones.

  • School Board candidate forum

        Candidates for two Bedford County School Board seats squared off at a forum Thursday night at the Bedford Science and Technology Center.
        Jason Johnson, Charlotte Maxey and Jennifer Merritt are vying for the District 2 seat, currently held by Merritt; and Dr. John Hicks and Eric Thompson are vying for the District 3 seat held by Dr. Hicks. Both Merritt and Hicks were appointed to the board this year following resignations of those seats by Dave Vaden and Brad Whorley.

  • Leaks, votes and contracts

        The Bedford County School Board voted to approve a new contract for Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch Thursday.

        But the 5-2 vote wasn’t without controversy.
        Two board members questioned the timing of the action and ultimately voted against the new contract.

  • Webb named Region V Teacher of the Year

        Jefferson Forest High School band director David Webb is usually not at a loss for words. But Thursday morning was a little different.