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Education

  • Woodson humbled by teaching honor

        When Debra Woodson was named Bedford County’s Teacher of the Year, it was as if her entire educational career passed before her eyes.

        “It was very exciting,” she said of the announcement made at a banquet earlier this month. “I never expected it in a million years. I was just so surprised.”

  • Vote to delay school closing issue failed

        A request to delay a decision on closing either Moneta Elementary School or Body Camp Elementary school failed on two separate votes Thursday night during a meeting of the Bedford County School Board.

  • Schools reap rewards of promoting positive behavior

        A new initiative to promote positive behavior in Bedford County Public Schools is showing impressive results. And people are noticing.

  • Public hearing on possible school closings is Monday

    The Bedford County School Board will be conducting a public hearing on potential closing/consolidation of elementary schools in the Staunton River Zone and the resulting redistricting of students.

        In anticipation of that meeting, residents of the Body Camp and Moneta communities came together this weekend to prepare for the week ahead.

  • Developer looks at alternative

    Downtown Moneta developer George Aznavorian believes the issue with the septic drain fields at Moneta Elementary School can be fixed for considerably less money than the $400,000 price tag school officials have stated it will cost.
        Aznavorian has been working to see if there is a way the Bedford Regional Water     Authority,    local businesses and the county might work together to provide septic service to the north Moneta area. He believes it could be a “win-win” for everyone.

  • County seniors graduate

        More than 750 Bedford County seniors walked across the floor of the Vines Center at Liberty University Saturday to shake the hand of their principal, receive their diploma and turn the final page of their high school career, becoming graduates of their respective schools.
        All of the schools recognized those students who had chosen to go into the military after graduation. There were cheers as proud parents and families watched their children receive their diplomas; there were tears as classmates who had passed away were remembered.

  • Riders receive a Montvale welcome!

        For many of the riders en route to Washington D.C.  their annual visit to Montvale Elementary has become a favorite stop along the way as part of their annual Run for the Wall.

        Last Thursday was no different.
        The motorcycles roared down Patriot Road just after 12:30 p.m. for a two-hour respite of encouragement, nourishment and even healing.

  • First Amendment cries misplaced

    By Mike Forster

        There is a relationship between rights and consequences, although recent events might have you thinking otherwise.
        Two major incidents have pundits screaming about first amendment rights:  the Sony hacking and the Paris massacre.

  • Public hearing Thursday on Liberty zone proposal

        Those wanting to comment to the Bedford County School Board on the proposed redistricting plan connected with the closing of Thaxton Elementary School may do so during a public hearing scheduled for 6 p.m. this Thursday, Dec. 11, at the School Board Office Conference Room.

        The board’s regular meeting will immediately follow the public hearing and included on that agenda is a vote on the redistricting plan.

  • Five times in six years

        Jefferson Forest High School (JFHS) may be getting used to this.

        Emily Pickering a senior and member of the school’s marching band has been selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. The band will play during halftime at the All-American Bowl to be played in the Alamo Dome in San Antonio on the first Saturday in January.  This game will feature two teams made up of the best high school football players in America.