• JF gets OK for artificial turf

        Jefferson Forest High School (JFHS) will be able to raise funds to install artificial turf on its football field, now that a surface has been agreed upon.
        The school board voted 4-3 to grant the permission, using crumb rubber as an infill. District 2 school board member Jason Johnson, District 4 school board member Dr. John Hicks and District 6 school board member Kelly Harmony cast the dissenting votes.

  • HES teacher wins McGlothlin Award

        Just being named one of the six of the Blue Ridge region’s best teachers was quite an honor for Jalenda Settles.
        But last week, she was named the best.
        Settles, a fifth-grade teacher at Huddleston Elementary School was selected as one of two winners of the 2015 McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence.
        With the award, she receives $25,000, some of which she will use for international travel to help expand her classroom teaching experience.

  • CVCC teams up with Rec Dept. to offer Archery class

        They’re learning to shoot straight.

        A partnership between Bedford County Parks and Recreation and Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) has made an archery class, as a physical education option, possible for students attending CVCC’s Bedford campus.

  • LHS Theatre to present ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’

    They come from a variety of backgrounds—athletes, dancers, band kids and nerds.

        But they have one goal: Revive the drama program at Liberty High School.
        This week that goal takes a big step as the Liberty High School Theatre presents “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”
        Two performances are scheduled at the school auditorium—Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28, both at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $10.

  • School sets new record

    Twice delayed by snow, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School finally held its Jump Rope for Heart last week.

        The event set a new school record raising a grand total of $14,832. A grandmother wrote a last minute check that put them over the top, according to Sue   Moore,   the   physical   education teacher who coordinates the program.

  • Master Food Volunteers get cookin’

        The Virginia Cooperative Extension has long provided a Master Gardner program; now, it has a Master Food Volunteer program.

        The idea of the program, according to the Extension’s websites, is to “reach more Virginians with up-to-date, research-based knowledge on food preparation, nutrition, food safety  and physical activity.”

  • Dr. Schuch asks for 4.7% salary adjustment for teachers

    By Tom Wilmoth and John Barnhart

        The budget takes center stage for the Bedford County School Board this week as it begins working through the proposed $106.39 million budget proposed by Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch.
        The proposed budget includes an operating fund request of $100.26 million, up 2.21 percent from last year, and the restoration of $1 million to the school maintenance project fund.

  • School board gives OK to raise funds for astro turf at JF field

        Jefferson Forest High School has moved one step closer to installing artificial turf at its Sabre Stadium. Now the real work begins.
        With the 5-2 vote, the Bedford County School Board approved the proposal which would allow the school’s Cavalier Club to begin raising funds in support of the installation.

  • FMS student wins county spelling bee

        Seventeen very serious looking elementary and middle school students lined the stage of Liberty High School’s auditorium, Tuesday morning, for Bedford County’s annual spelling bee. All were winners of their respective schools’ spelling bee.

        By round six, only two were left. Case Bohannon, a seventh grader from Forest Middle School, and Finn Plattus, a fifth grader from Thaxton Elementary School, then proceeded to battle it out for 21 rounds before Bohannon emerged as the winner.

  • Scare prompts upgrade to security system

        Forest Elementary School has the best school security in Bedford County, the product of three factors coming together at the same time.