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Education

  • 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.

  • In-car driver’s ed training change considered by BCPS

        Instead of ending its in-car driver training program, Bedford County Public Schools is considering modifying the program in order to be able to provide it in the future.
        Last month the School Board heard a proposal to stop providing the in-car training through the school system, but after consulting staff, other school divisions and members of the community, a different approach has been suggested.

  • School Board considers adding initiatives to strategic plan

        District 6 School Board member Kelly Harmony had one question about a proposed wellness program for students in Bedford County Public Schools: Will this lead the school system to begin patrolling lunch boxes in the cafeteria?
        The answer: That’s yet to be determined.
        During a work session last Thursday, members of the School Board discussed proposed changes to the school system’s strategic plan. One of the three proposed changes includes implementing a comprehensive student wellness program.

  • YOVASO message reaches middle schoolers

        After an award winning year of spreading the message, Liberty High School’s Youth of Virginia Speak Out club is reaching out even more.

  • Eric Thompson to challenge for District 3 School Board seat

        The special election for the District 3 School Board seat will be a two-way race after all.
        Dr. John Hicks, who was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Brad Whorley, is being challenged by Eric Thompson.

  • New exhibit looks at moonshining in Virginia, Bedford County

        Moonshining is getting a lot of attention locally with the opening of the movie “Lawless,” based upon Depression-era bootlegging in Franklin County.
        A new exhibit at the Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library will explore the issue as well.
        “Ardent Spirits & Mean Whiskey: A History of Moonshining in Bedford County & Virginia’s Southside” is opening this week at the Bedford Museum.

  • Three vie for District 2

        Unlike District 3, District 2 is seeing a three-way race to fill the seat vacated by David Vaden.

        Jennifer Merritt, who was appointed to the seat by the school board, is being challenged by Charlotte Maxey and Jason Johnson.
        Merritt is a free-lance journalist who writes for Lancaster Farming, a weekly agricultural publication. She said it has three regional editions.
        “I write for the southern edition,” she said.

  • Hicks running unopposed for District 3 seat

        The resignation of two members of the Bedford County School Board this year means that there will be special elections to fill those unexpired terms in November.

        Dr. John Hicks was appointed to fill the District 3 school board seat vacated by Brad Whorley. Dr. Hicks has qualified to be on the November ballot. He is running unopposed.