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Education

  • BSTC electrical program prepares students for needed jobs

        He’s a pastor, a teacher and a state licensed master electrician.
        Now he has another title to add to his resume.

        Aaron Payne has been named the Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC) teacher of the year. Payne teaches BSTC’s electrical course.
        Payne said demand is high for electricians. While overall unemployment is high, that is not true for electricians.

  • One year old - and growing!

        Ronnie Gross, of Gross’ Orchard came out to Liberty High School (LHS) to talk with the school’s agriculture students about pruning fruit trees. Last year the students planted an orchard, which is sponsored by Gross’ Orchard, Johnson’s Orchard and Southern States. The idea is to give the students hands-on experience with this aspect of agriculture.

  • Music program gets honor

        The Stewartsville Elementary School music program seems to be hitting all of the right notes these days.

        And for doing so, it has been awarded the Support Music 2013 Merit Award for Best Communities in Music Education.
        The school was one of only 66 schools nationwide to receive this honor and the only one in Virginia. Stewartsville        Principal Susan Mele said the honor brings positive attention to the music program.

  • Date of hearing on middle school location to be changed

        The Bedford County School Board is considering two dates—May 7 or April 30—to reschedule a public hearing to discuss the location for constructing a new middle school in the Liberty Zone.
        Originally slated for May 2, the meeting date has to be changed because of a scheduling conflict.

  • $106M: School board adopts 2013-14 budget

        Adding more than $2 million to School Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch’s proposal, the Bedford County School Board approved a $106.1 million 2013-14 budget last Thursday—a budget members stressed that asks from the county supervisors only the same amount of funding that it received locally for the current budget.

  • Effort raises money for Heart Association

        For the third year in a row Thomas Jefferson Elementary School’s gym was packed with students participating in Jump Rope for Heart, a fundraising effort by the American Heart Association.

         One factor driving the turnout is an enthusiastic faculty member spearheading the effort. That’s Sue Moore, the physical education instructor. The other factor is the event’s poster boy. Cody Beck, now 4, is one of their own. His three brothers are students at the school.    

  • Thaxton holds Career Day

        Thaxton Elementary School held a career day recently with visiting professionals and service providers who held the children’s attention.

        Some, such as the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department, drove to the school with their exhibit. One, Centra Health, flew in with its exhibit; the school grounds provided an open spot where one of Centra’s helicopter ambulances could touch down.

  • Students let their love of art be known

        Look around Centertown Bedford and you’ll notice banners hanging off the city lights promoting Youth Art Month.

        Bedford County art students across the county were challenged to create a flag that would promote Youth Art Month, which is being celebrated this month.  A group of students under the direction of Lindsey Winfrey at Bedford Elementary won the elementary level and Laura Garbarini won from Liberty for the high school level.

  • School board looks at budget

        After more than three hours of looking at the budget proposed by Schools Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch, the Bedford County School Board opted to stick with the majority of his budget as a draft plan to present to the Board of Supervisors this week.
        That included a 3 percent raise for school employees, a commitment to funding technology and increasing the staff at the county’s middle and high schools.

  • Mountain top experience

        Dr. Robert Sullivan had the ultimate mountain top experience last year—he spent 30 minutes standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world.

        It is 29,000 feet above sea level and the air is so thin at that point that you would die if you stayed there too long without oxygen. The temperature is -71F and winds blow at 50 mph.