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  • New principals

    Staunton River High School will have its fifth principal in six years, following action taken last Thursday by the Bedford County School Board. The school board also recalled two teachers who had previously been laid off because of budget cuts.

  • Local man’s play to be performed this weekend

    Theater seems to run in the Carson family genes.

        Like his uncle, Robert Carson, Joe Carson has also acted in plays and written them. One, called “Jethro’s Dead,” was performed by Little Town Players four years ago.

        His most recent, “Be Careful What You Ask For,” will debut in Bedford Middle School’s auditorium, Friday evening. Carson co-wrote the play with his wife, Jennifer.

        “I love theater,” he said.

  • Judge rules city met FOIA requirements

    The city of Bedford sufficiently met a Freedom of Information Act request made by a Bedford man, according to a ruling in Bedford County Circuit Court Friday.

        Judge James Updike said in his decision that the city met its obligation to provide information to Brian Aubrey Burnette in a timely fashion. The hearing was in response to an appeal made by the city from General District Court.

  • Sheriff honors RSVP volunteers

    Sheriff Mike Brown honored a group of 20 volunteers last week who saved the Sheriff’s Office $60,000 this past year.

        The Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (R.S.V.P.) was established in 2001. After a two-week training course in which the volunteers learn skills such as traffic control methods, defensive driving and police radio procedures, they are issued uniforms and badges with badge numbers. They wear the same uniform, and shoulder patches, as deputies. The badges are silver, rather than gold.

  • Bedford property values rise average of 5%

    Reassessments in the city of Bedford are complete and property values are expected to be up about 5 percent overall, according to City Commissioner of the Revenue Valerie Wilson. That will be one factor Bedford City Council will have to consider as it sets its budget for the upcoming year.

  • AAUW provides mentoring program to area students

    The Bedford County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has completed the first year of a mentoring program for promising high school girls. It’s a pilot program that the organization began last year at Liberty High School (LHS).

        “We’d like to expand to other high schools as we have the people,” said Cheryl Nester, chairman of the mentoring committee.

  • Babcock & Wilcox to use CAER facility in New London

    Representatives from the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research (CAER) came before the planning commission to ask Bedford County members to approve a departure from the county’s height restriction on structures.

  • Program lets students get hands-on look at teaching profession

    So, you want to be a teacher. How do you know?

        Bedford Science and Technology Center has a program that allows high school students, with an eye on becoming a teacher, to get some real experience before heading off to college. It’s called Teachers-for-Tomorrow.

  • Federal judge dismisses lawsuit over rights to records

    A federal judge ruled last week that information gathered by members of the Bedford Genealogical Society for the past two decades should remain with the Bedford Museum instead of a newly-formed group that had filed a lawsuit earlier this year, seeking to take control of that information.

  • Volcanic eruption left Forest residents stranded overseas

    Jack and Nancy Wood of Forest had a surprise change to their vacation plans last month. The surprise came right in the middle of their trip when they became two of thousands of Americans stranded overseas when the Eyjafjallajökull volcano began erupting in Iceland.

        The couple planned a trip that included Ireland and France. They took off from Lynchburg on the first leg of their trip on April 6. The plan was to first spend nine days in Ireland, then go on to France.

        “We wound up spending 19 days,” Nancy commented.