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Education

  • Update: Lockdown lifted at five Bedford County schools

    The lockdown of five Bedford County schools that were placed on lockdown this morning has been lifted, according to Bedford County Public Schools.

    The schools had been placed on lock down while a law enforcement investigation was taking place in the Forest Zone.

    Forest Elementary, Thomas Jefferson Elementary, Otter River Elementary, Forest Middle School and Jefferson Forest High were the schools on lock down.

  • High school seniors explore career interests

        The future is terrifying for nearly every teenager.

  • Teens from Desmond Doss volunteer at D-Day Memorial

        A group of teens from Lynchburg’s Desmond Doss Christian Academy showed up, Friday morning to do clean up work at the National D-Day Memorial.

        “Once a month we do a community service project,” said Billy Wright, the school’s assistant principal. “Each November, we try to come up here.”
        The school was named in honor of Lynchburg native Desmond Doss, whose action on Okinawa during World War II is the subject of the movie “Hacksaw Ridge.”

  • Autumn on Stage

        The Liberty High School Theatre Department, under the direction of Shayna Crews, continues to expand its offerings.

        This Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., the department will present Autumn on Stage which will feature a one-act play and choreographed selections performed by the Liberty High School Dance Ensemble. The presentation will be held in the LHS auditorium.
        The one-act play, “Girl Town,” is the school’s entry for the 2016 VHSL One-Åct Play competition.

  • VDOE: Moneta Elem. misses the mark

        Letters went home Tuesday to parents of students at Moneta Elementary explaining what the next step is now that Bedford County Public Schools has learned the school has been denied accreditation by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).
        Seventeen of the district’s 19 schools received full accreditation for this year—Montvale Elementary is only partially accredited—but the district must now take steps outlined by VDOE to address Moneta’s situation.

  • Plowing ahead

        People in the Bedford area are going to be treated to some student art this winter, as Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) snowplows hit the road.

  • BSTC cosmetology grad knows the value of the program

    Becky Stanley, owner of Trendsetters, a hair salon in Bedford, feels a debt of gratitude toward the cosmetology program at Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC). A 1981 Liberty High School graduate, she also graduated from BTC’s cosmetology program.

  • Math Fun Friday

    Moneta Elementary School, with the help of grant money and the Smith Mountain Lake Good Neighbors, is conducting an after school math program to help students learn to like math.

        According to Kathryn Smith, the school’s after school grant coordinator, the after school math program is held every night, with a Fun Friday each week. The Fun Friday is also teaching math. The children play games, but each game involves math. The games are followed by a family meal with Good Neighbors providing the food and families eating together.

  • School board OK’s money for track, baseball field upgrades

        After hearing from two speakers asking that more money be spent to improve the three county high schools’ tracks, the Bedford County School Board voted Thursday to spend an additional $133,000—$1.2 million in all—for the upgrades.
        Jerome Loy, a former county teacher and track coach, and Joe Curcio, the Staunton River track coach and state meet organizer, both asked that the JF track, during the upgrades, be made into an eight-lane track. This would allow the county to host a state meet in the future.

  • Liberty HS raising torch of awareness through Project Unify

        Liberty High School’s work with Special Olympics is taking off in a big way.

        Several years ago, when it looked like athletes from Liberty wouldn’t get to compete in a Special Olympics event because of a scheduling conflict, Alicia Schneider was determined she wasn’t going to let that happen.
        So the school hosted its own event for the county’s three high schools. That has become an annual event and schools from outside the area are also now being invited to participate.