• New guidelines for wellness

        Don’t bother sending energy drinks with your students to school this year—they’re not allowed.
        And don’t send extra food with your child to trade or share with other students—that’s being discouraged.
        If possible, replace cupcakes and other high-calorie school treats sent to classrooms for school parties with more nutritious foods.
        These, and a number of other guidelines, are now a part of the Bedford County Public Schools student wellness policy.

  • Graham takes over at BCES

        Education wasn’t the career path Scott Graham initially imagined.

  • It's a new year

        On Thursday, some 10,338 students are expected to fill the classrooms throughout Bedford County’s public schools. The 2013-2014 school year is officially underway.
        Meeting those students will be 99 new teachers to BCPS, including 55 first-year teachers.
        “I’m excited for a new school year,” stated School Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch last week.

  • Technology takes center stage in pilot program

        Like it or not, change is coming.

  • Learning the Arts

    A number of area youth spent the past week learning the arts at Bower Center’s Youth Art Camp.

  • Mrs. Virginia sees value in promoting the arts

        Julie Austin-Witcher, Mrs. Virginia, has a heart for art.

        A Huddleston native and Staunton River High School graduate,  Austin-Witcher earned her bachelor’s degree in theater at Lynchburg College and serves on the board of directors for Little Town Players (LTP). She played the office drunk in LTP’s recent production of 9 to 5, a musical.
        “My bit was very comical,” she said.

  • School Board opts not to let students shut out of Thaxton Elementary to attend that school

        Despite a request from a parent and a board member, the Bedford County School Board decided Thursday not to allow six students who had been denied a zone transfer request to Thaxton Elementary to attend that school anyway.

  • Middle school plans move ahead

        The new middle school in the Liberty Zone will be located either behind the current Liberty High School or on property donated to the county off U.S. 460 near the Bedford Area Family YMCA.
        Construction of the new school is expected to cost between $34 million to $40 million, if built for 800 students; less than that if the size of the school is smaller.

  • Making Middle Grades Work: BMS selected for national honor

    By Tom Wilmoth
    and Staff Reports

  • Board names D-Day Foundation president

        Now there is only one.

        After having co-presidents for eight months, the National D-Day Foundation now has a sole president; April Cheek-Messier was offered the post and has accepted it.
         Cheek-Messier, the daughter of District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek, is a Bedford County native and a 1990 Staunton River High School graduate. Her father was in Staunton River’s first graduating class and her mother, Sheron Allen Cheek, was in Liberty High School’s first graduating class.