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Education

  • 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.

  • BCPS implements training to prevent sexual misconduct of employees

        Following two incidents last year at Jefferson Forest High School, and other recent cases at the county’s other high schools, Bedford County Public Schools has implemented training sessions this year to help prevent the sexual misconduct of teachers, coaches and other employees with students.
        Tim Parker, director of human resources for the school system, said the training came after the Department of Education suggested all public school systems take a look at their policies on that issue and prevention training for staff.

  • School board to review costs charged for groups using facilities

        Several years ago the Bedford County School Board passed a policy setting standard prices for groups using school facilities. That policy is now again under review after District 6 board member Kelly Harmony questioned the prices some groups have been quoted for facility use.

  • Proposed policy would change grading scale

        By next year, the grading scale being utilized in Bedford County Public Schools could be changed to a 10-point scale.
        The school board is considering a recommendation by school staff to change from the 7-point scale to the 10-point scale, beginning in the 2013-2014 school year. That, according to staff, would give administrators time to work with teachers to understand the new scale and grading system.

  • School board to take $125M facilities plan to supervisors

        The Bedford County School Board has been piecing together its possible capital project needs for the next 20 years.
        The potential price tag: $125 million.
        Members plan to take the proposal to the County Supervisors next month and get approval to put in motion one of the plan’s major projects—building a new middle school in the Liberty Zone. That project is one both boards will, at some point, have to agree on, assuming the reversion of the city of Bedford to town status takes place.

  • Groups pitch in to provide school supplies

        Volunteers from area businesses and local organizations packed a meeting room in the county administration building Thursday with one goal in mind—packing bags full of school supplies for students set to start school this week.

        In all, the Pack the Bag effort yielded some 200 book bags and supplies that were delivered to area schools in time for the first day of school Monday, according to Denise Kennedy, a social worker with the Department of Social Services.

  • After 26 years at the helm, Lynn Beebe stepping down

        For 26 years Lynn Beebe has served as the driving force behind the rescue of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest retreat in Bedford County.

        She’s learned and lived the life of Jefferson and she’s seen the amount of property Poplar Forest now owns more than double.
        Beebe has helped lead the retreat’s turn from a lost-in-the-woods piece of history to a national attraction.