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Education

  • Thaxton gathers support

        While discussing the closing of Thaxton Elementary School wasn’t on the agenda for Thursday night’s Bedford County School Board meeting, several residents let it be known where they stand on the issue.

  • Restructuring underway

    The central office of Bedford County Public Schools will have some new faces and new titles this month as a result of action taken by the school board the past several meetings.
        As part of its effort to follow through with recommendations made in the state-mandated school efficiency study, the school board has voted to reorganize the central office staff structure to make it more in line with what the study suggested.

  • LC honors local caregiver

        Since helping take care of her great-grandmother as a child, Amanda Garraghty Brown knew her calling in life.

        And she does it very well.
        Each year the Beard Center on Aging at Lynchburg College recognizes professionals who have promoted positive aging in our community at its annual conference on aging in June.
        This year, Brown, a Bedford County native, was the recipient of the “Professional Caregiver of the Year” award.

  • School budget OK'd

        There will be fewer teachers, larger class sizes and lower take-home pay.
        Maintenance will go unfunded, math specialists won’t be hired and the ninth grade class won’t be carrying their textbooks to school in a tablet.
        The 2014-2015 budget for Bedford County Public Schools is now adopted and it’s far less than what the school board had hoped to be able to spend.

  • 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.

  • 4-3 vote: close Thaxton Elementary

        On a 4-3 vote, the Bedford County School Board voted to close another school at the end of this school year; Thaxton Elementary joins Body Camp Elementary as the two schools slated to close.

        Before a packed room at the School Board Office Conference Room—and to the dismay of the Thaxton supporters attending the meeting—board members Gary Hostutler, Julie Bennington, Dr. John Hicks and Richard Downey voted to close the school with Kelly Harmony, Jason Johnson and Kevin Willis voting against the motion.

  • Update: SRHS lockdown lifted

    Joint Press Release Just Issued to Area Media On Behalf of Bedford County Schools and the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.
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    The lock down and subsequent evacuation of Staunton River High School students and staff today has been lifted following an extensive investigation and full campus canvassing by the Bedford County Sheriff's Office and the Virginia State Police.

  • Man enters FES, apparently steals teacher's credit card

    Bedford County Public Schools officials are working to increase security at Forest Elementary School following reports of an intruder who entered the school Sept. 19.

    According to school officials, an African-American man, bald and apparently in his 20s, went to the school and requested to have lunch with a first grade student.