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Education

  • Construction class gives students real-world experience

        Danny Thomas teaches building construction at the Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC). His students are building for their future.

        Thomas is a Bedford County native who graduated from Staunton River High School (SRHS) in 1997 and grew up with construction.        “My dad built houses,” he said. “As I was growing up, I always helped him.”

  • LHS students help decorate Centertown for Christmas

        A group of Liberty High School students wanted to give back to the Bedford community.

        That prompted a brain-storming session on what they could do. The result—a festively-decorated Centertown Park.
        About 35 students from the LHS agricultural and art classes have been working since Thanksgiving on the decorations and last Wednesday they showed up to put them up, just in time for Saturday’s Christmas parade.

  • Officials: Distracted driving leads to school bus incidents

        School bus drivers in Bedford County report at least 20 violations a year on vehicles that illegally pass them while students are being transported to and from school.

        But that represents only a small fraction of the violations the 186 county school bus drivers will observe. That number, according to the school system, will likely hit well over 3,000 this school year.
        And the students’ safety is at stake.

  • Future teachers instruct peers about petroleum

        Bedford County’s future teachers have been making presentations on energy in the county’s high schools this fall. They ended these sessions at the Bedford Science and Technology Center, where their program is based.

  • School Board will have a new look next year

        There will be a decidedly new look to the Bedford County School Board come Jan. 1.

        Last week’s election sent three new faces to the school board: Kevin Willis in District 7, Kelly Harmony in District 6 and Richard Downey in District 1. District 5 incumbent Julie Bennington survived a challenge from Ricky Wilkerson to win the other School Board seat up for election last Tuesday.

  • School Board responds to lawsuit, seeks dismissal

        The Bedford County School Board is seeking to have the $20 million lawsuit filed against it by a special education student dismissed, claiming the board can’t legally be sued and that the timeframe for a suit to be filed has expired. The lawsuit claims the student was abused in 2009 by a county bus driver and her aide.

  • NLA students publish newspaper to honor vets

        Who said the newspaper is a thing of the past?

        Certainly not a group of students at New London Academy.
        That crew of talented and gifted students have been busily crafting a newspaper during class time.  It isn’t your run-of-the-mill newspaper, either.  It’s an issue that is completely dedicated to honoring America’s veterans and it is titled, aptly enough, “Stand up and Salute.”

  • Bomb threat investigated at JF

     

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    Bedford County Sheriff’s Office investigators and the school resource officer at Jefferson Forest High School are investigating a bomb threat at the school today (Friday, Nov. 4).

  • Ground broken for Eco-Village

    A crowd of about 100 people gathered on a warm autumn evening last week to witness the groundbreaking for Claytor Nature Study Center’s Eco-Village, located in Bedford County.

        The Eco-Village will consist of eight cabins and will be built about 400 feet from the nature study center’s main entrance, according to Dr. Greg Eaton, the study center’s director. Dr. Eaton hopes to start before the end of the calendar year.

  • She's an inspiration to many

    Minnie Comer is an inspiration to many.

        And for good reason.
        At the age of 92, the Body Camp woman isn't about to stop learning. That's why every Monday and Wednesday she shows up at the Bedford Science and Technology Center to attend GED preparation classes.
        “She is so motivated,” stated Patsy Arnold Martin, instructional coordinator for Adult Education for Bedford County Public Schools, about Comer.