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  • Alternative energy

    Roger Henderson wants to build a windmill.

        Unlike the fictional Spanish gentleman, Henderson isn’t planning a jousting match. He has a totally pragmatic plan of taking advantage of the wind that blows across his property near Sedalia to generate electricity.

  • Focus on sustainability

    Region 2000 chose Bedford’s Bower Center as the site for its Sustainable Communities Workshop earlier this month.

        What is sustainability?

        Bart Warner, Bedford’s assistant city manager, said that this is a community’s ability to meet its citizen’s needs from generation to generation. Robert White, deputy director of Region 2000, said that it’s important for a community to make sure it doesn’t paint itself into a corner while making current decisions.

  • Summer learning

    Some students from Bedford Primary School spent two weeks this summer stepping back in time as they watched — and even participated —  as history came alive in their class.

        The students were part of the Enrichment Summer School Program funded through a 21st Century Grant at the school. Five different classes were offered at the school in the program, including three in social studies and two in science.

  • Neighbors oppose campground project

        A proposal by Linda Frisbee to build a primitive campground on her property off Stone Mountain Road met an angry response from neighbors at a public hearing before the county’s planning commission Monday night.

  • Virtual school to continue

    Joyce Voelker says the only real option some students have to get an education is through an online program. That’s why she urged the Bedford County School Board last week to continue the Bedford Academy for Virtual Learning

        “There are kids who are just thriving in this curriculum,’ Voelker, who served as the program’s online teacher last year, told the board.

  • It’s time for students to sharpen their pencils and get back to work

    For students in Bedford County, it’s time to put up their swimsuits and break out the notebooks. School opens Monday.

        Some 10,750 students are expected in class for the opening day of school. The school year begins as the school system itself continues its transition with new leadership under the direction of Dr. Douglas Schuch, who officially took his position July 1.

        “The transition planning is going well,” Dr. Schuch said this week.

  • Perriello, area residents address health care reform, cap and trade at meeting

    Jim and Sherry Hearn of Stewartsville don’t claim to be political activists. But recent actions in Congress and by President Barack Obama have moved them to get more involved, to the point that they showed up with a sign in hand at Saturday’s Town Hall meeting with Tom Perriello.

        “Cap and trade was the ultimate turning point,” Jim Hearn stated Saturday, as his wife  held  their sign  that read, “Obama’s gift to our children, 4,000,000,000,000 $ debt.”

  • New ag program set to begin

        Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) will begin offering an Associate in Applied Science Degree and Certificate Program in Sustainable Agribusiness Management this fall.

        Dr. Jeffery Laub, dean of science and math and engineering, will oversee the program. Laub said that this is because agriculture courses fall under his department.

        “It was the brain child of Robert Lowry,” he said.

  • Learning the facts

        Junior Rangers, a youth program run by the National Park Service, is teaching children about facts ranging from how birds eat to how people lived in the mountains 80 years ago.

        According to Paulette Mullinax, who directs the day camp at the Peaks of Otter, the program consists of three half-day sessions with different age groups.

        “We can tailor the activity for the age group,”  Mullinax said.

  • New Christian school opens in Bedford

    Bedford Christian Academy closed its doors at the end of the past school year, but a new Christian school using the classical education model will open for the new school year at the same location.