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Education

  • Two arrested for setting cars on fire

        Two Bedford County residents have been charged with lighting two cars on fire, in connection with separate incidents at Raintree Village Apartments.
        According to Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman the police began investigating the car fires after receiving a call on Sept. 17 about a car on fire. Officers arrived to find the car fully involved in fire, he said.
        The Bedford Fire Department put the fire out.

  • LHS students plan dinner theatre

        Two teachers from Liberty High School have teamed up to provide a dinner and a show Sept. 26 at the Sedalia Center.
        Liberty High School Theatre will present “Stand Alone” in the dinner theatre performance, which will feature a collection of female monologues.
        The Theatre and Family and Consumer Science departments teamed together to put on the dinner theatre which will include the show, dinner, dessert and coffee.

  • Liberty High School marks half-a-century

        Liberty High School reached the half-century mark this year and its first graduating class, the class of 1965, is holding its 50th reunion next month.
        For members of this class, their senior year was the only year they attended Liberty and one group of them actually wear the class ring of a different high school. The students who came from New London Academy received their class rings during their junior year, and these were New London Academy rings.

  • With the year over, reality begins to set in for 2 community schools

    Even as the Bedford County School Board was preparing to vacate Body Camp and Thaxton elementary schools this past week, supporters of those schools were still hoping for a change of heart.

        Several residents of the Thaxton community made pleas to the board to not close their school, during public comment time at Thursday’s meeting.
        But the pleas appear to be in vain.

  • School board chairman says delay costing money

        Bedford County School Board chairman Gary Hostutler believes the supervisors could be costing Bedford County taxpayers millions of dollars by delaying construction of the new middle school in the Liberty attendance zone.

  • Advance Auto Parts helps BSTC fulfill its mission

        Mark Mathia, who teaches the automotive technology program at Bedford Science and Technology Center, wants to make sure his shop provides a realistic work environment for his students.

         Some major donations from Advance Auto Parts are helping him reach that goal.
        “For me, it means keeping this shop updated to the absolute latest equipment,” Mathia said.

  • After 40 years, school bids teacher goodbye

        Patricia Hogue wasn’t the only one reaching for tissues when the staff and children of Otter River Elementary School surprised her with a special assembly Tuesday morning.

        Her fellow teachers could be seen dabbing their eyes.
        Hogue is retiring at the end of this year after 40 years as an elementary school teacher. Her entire career was spent in Bedford County Public Schools — the last 35  at Otter River Elementary.

  • Downey to seek 2nd term

        District 1 school board member Richard Downey has decided to seek reelection to the school board. Downey was first elected in 2011.

  • School board shifts funds, principals

    Although $1 million was stripped out of the school division’s maintenance fund in this year’s approved budget, the school board was able to replace $300,000 of  that by transferring money from the transportation fund, in action the school board took Thursday. The money became available due to savings on fuel costs.
        Some costs will go up next year. The school board raised tuition for non-resident students by $170 per year.

  • Student Advisory Council gives input to school board

        Bedford County Public Schools has a student advisory council composed of student representatives of all three high schools and all three middle schools.

        The group’s purpose is to relay the concerns of students to the school board. The advisory council meets several times during the year and makes a presentation at a school board meeting at the end of the year.
        The students on the 2014-2015 council made their presentation at Thursday night’s school board meeting.