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Education

  • Being safe on two wheels

        Bedford City Police Officer Bill Boucher paid the Growing Place a visit on Friday.
        Nobody got arrested. The Growing Place is a preschool run by Bedford Baptist Church and one of the city’s bicycle patrol officers stops by every year for a bicycle safety presentation.

  • Former Bedford Elem. principal new SB member

    The Bedford County School Board chose Dr. John Hicks, last week, to fill the District 3 School Board seat left vacant by Brad Whorley’s resignation.

        A total of five people applied for the position and the School Board held the candidate interviews in open session.

  • Bus drivers hit hard by new budget proposal

        School bus drivers will be hit the hardest if the budget proposals discussed by the Bedford County School Board last Thursday are eventually approved.

  • Tech team visits Bedford schools

        Members of Virginia Tech’s EcoCAR 2 team paid a visit to Bedford Middle School and Liberty High School (LHS) earlier this month. EcoCAR 2 is a college engineering competition that challenges college students to modify a production GM car to make it more energy efficient. Each competition takes two years and consists of a design phase and a building phase. Tech, was the national winner last year and will be defending its title at the end of next year.

  • Five apply for District 3 seat

        Five residents in District 3 have applied to fill the Bedford County School Board seat left open when Brad Whorley resigned from the board earlier this year.    
        Deadline for applications was Monday. Those submitting applications included: Jean McKeague of Forest; Dennis Groenke Sr. of Bedford; Eric Thompson of Bedford; Pete Parziale of Forest; and John Hicks of  Evington.

  • Students take stand against bullying

    Bullying took center stage at last week’s Bedford County School Board meeting as several students and parents spoke about the issue, asking for the school system to do more to combat offenders.
        They hope the school system will implement a bullying prevention program.
         Camy Mullins, a junior at Staunton River High School, said she was bullied by a group of girls as a sophomore at the school. She said an effort by administrators to have the parties “talk” through their differences didn’t work.

  • Sixth grader’s actions help save fellow student’s life

        One fact that heroes often have in common is that they don’t think they are heroes. They were just doing their job; they were just doing what anybody should have done in their place.        That’s how Nathan Dowdy, a 12-year-old at Forest Middle School, sees what he did last week. He may not have risked life and limb, but another boy may be alive today because he acted quickly in an emergency.

  • Applicant interviews will be in open session

        Residents in District 3 have until April 16 to apply to fill the vacated seat on the Bedford County School Board, left open this month when Brad Whorley submitted his resignation.
        And when they’re interviewed by the board, those interviews will take place in open session, following a vote by board members last Thursday.
        Actually two votes were taken on the matter.

  • School Board seeks additional funding for next year

        Because the Virginia General Assembly has yet to approve the final state budget for the next biennium, last Thursday’s School Board budget work session was short on details.
        But there was plenty of discussion.
        One sure consensus that emerged is the board’s hope that the Bedford County Board of Supervisors will ante up more local funding for schools in 2012-2013.

  • Royal treatment

        For some, this was a trip back in time. And a lot of fun.

        A group of 30 Liberty High School students, members of the school’s Key Club, created an entertaining evening for Elks Home residents by sponsoring what they dubbed “a senior citizens prom.”
        “I had seen the Second Chance Prom [in Lynchburg] and thought ‘Why not make it older?’” said Melanie Smith, a senior and president of the Key Club.