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Education

  • 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.

  • GED can bring added opportunities

        Within a few years, 70 percent of job openings in Virginia will require a technical skills certificate, which requires a high school diploma or GED credential.

  • Fallout from lawsuit continues

        Fallout from the video and lawsuit surrounding the actions of a Bedford County Public Schools special education bus driver and aide continued this week.

  • Fallout from the lawsuit continues

     

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    Fallout from the video and lawsuit surrounding the actions of a Bedford County Public Schools special education bus driver and aide continued this week.

    The Virginia Department of Education informed Bedford County Public Schools Thursday that the department will conduct a review of the division’s training procedures for special education bus drivers and bus aides.

  • Father files $20 million lawsuit against school board after obtaining video

        The father of an autistic child in Bedford County has filed a $20 million lawsuit against the Bedford County School Board, the director of special services and a bus driver and aide, alleging that his 12-year-old son was physically abused while riding a Bedford County bus in 2009.

  • Students learn to use sun to cook

        Viola Henry is retired, but still spends plenty of time working with children. Henry heads the N.E.E.D. project, something she did when she was a teacher at Thaxton Elementary School and she now continues to do.

        Last Monday, just before noon, Henry and her students baked cookies. They used the sun to do the work.
        Henry’s students had already learned about the solar ovens. They in turn, taught their fellow Thaxton Elementary students.

  • BMS marks 10th anniversary of 9/11

    Bedford Middle School marked the 10th anniversary of 9/11 Monday morning.

        It was the first school day after the actual anniversary, on Sunday. It also recalled an event that has receded far enough into the past that none of these middle school students can remember where they were on Sept. 11, 2001. They were too young at the time.

  • Forest Elementary students honor their local heroes

        Monty Coleman, assistant fire chief with the Forest Volunteer Fire Department, believes the events of Sept. 11, 2001, should be remembered more than they are.

        “In my eyes, it’s a shame we don’t remember it every single day,” Coleman said Friday.
        That’s why he was more than willing to attend Forest Elementary School’s 9/11 Commemoration assembly held at the school last week.

  • Broadway actress shares her wisdom with JF students

        You have to be committed.

        That was the advice a Broadway actress gave Jefferson Forest High School drama students Friday about how to be successful in that business.
        And, she added, “you have to be lucky.”
        Jennifer Simard has been both and she shared with the JF students in Spence White’s drama classes the ups and downs of pursuing an acting career.