• JF grads urged to embrace change

    By Laura Enderson

    Intern Writer

        On Saturday, Jefferson Forest High School Principal Tony Francis had advice for the graduating Class of 2012: life lessons are learned differently than school lessons.
        “In school, you learn and then you are tested,” Francis said. “In life, often you are tested and then you learn.”

  • CVCC has new workforce development director

    Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) got a new face in workforce development this year.

        Dr. Ruth Z. Hendrick came on board in February as vice president for workforce development and continuing education. Her job is to work with companies to provide the worker training that they need. In this role, she will work with both existing businesses as well as new businesses that come into the area. She also looks for grants to pay for this.

  • Huddleston Elementary School ranks among the top in schools working with recycling co.

    By Tyler Flynn

    Intern Writer

        The phrase “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is truly being taken to heart by some environmentally conscious students in Bedford County.
        Huddleston Elementary School, which has partnered with the New Jersey-based company TerraCycle, has been recognized by the organization for the effectiveness of its recycling initiatives.

  • Students at BES find joys of exercise with pilot program

        Last Wednesday, some 75 Bedford Elementary students walked to school—up hill, both ways, in a foot of snow.

        OK, maybe it wasn’t both ways and it was way too warm for snow.
        But they still walked as much as a mile and a half, and a good part was up a hill or two.

  • School Board makes cuts; trims budget by $1.5 M to balance

        The Bedford County School Board found $1.5 million in cuts to balance its budget last week.
        The board held a four-hour work session Thursday to consider the budget cuts which were needed after the Bedford County Board of Supervisors cut its increase in local funding from $4.2 million to $2.5 million. The school board had requested the $3.5 million increase.
        Among the cuts made to help balance the budget:
        • No new buses will be purchased in the upcoming fiscal year;

  • Local YOVASO groups win top honors for their efforts

        Students at Bedford County high schools and middle schools have made a point this year of letting their classmates know the importance of being safe when driving or riding in vehicle.

        And those efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. The students have won numerous awards this year through the Youth of Virginia Speak Out (YOVASO) campaigns.

  • School funding request may be cut

        Monday’s discussion by the County Board of Supervisors about cutting the new funds requested by Bedford County Public Schools for the 2012-2013 budget came as a surprise to the Bedford County School Board this week.
        “I am surprised and saddened to hear about the potential decrease in county support for our schools,” stated School Board Vice Chairman Julie Bennington Tuesday.

  • Students earn trip to International Science Fair

        The submissions by two Bedford County students have earned them the right to represent their region at the  International Science and Engineering Fair to be held in Pittsburgh, Pa., next week.

        In the Engineering category, Stuart Robertson of Staunton River High School received first place and Grand Award honors at the Central Virginia Regional Science Fair—as well as the National Society of Professional Engineer’s Award for his project—entitled “The effect of fractal design on antenna capability.”

  • Schools will probably get the $3.5 million

    Monday night, prior to their regular meeting, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors held a work session which included a presentation on the school budget.

  • Vaden resigns from school board

        On Thursday, Bedford County School Board Chairman Dave Vaden announced his resignation from the board, effective May 18.
        Vaden cited illness and health issues within his immediate family, financial considerations and business opportunities that have caused his family to relocate.