Local News

  • New learning center opens at Lake

    Retiring after 34 years in education does not mean that Becky Rowe is getting out of education.

        Rowe officially retires June 30 from Roanoke County Public Schools, where she serves as principal of Roanoke County Central Middle. This is a remedial reading program for middle school students.

        She got her start as a special education teacher and later went into school administration as principal of Roanoke County’s Oak Grove Elementary School.

  • LHS graduates urged to ‘make a difference’

    High school graduation marks a great beginning, but it also means an end. The four years of high school comprise a big chunk of a new graduate’s life, to date. Liberty High School co-salutatorian Anne Whitehurst’s voice often cracked with emotion as she said the Class of 2010’s goodbye to their high school years. Whitehurst actually began her thoughts with their years in middle school.

  • JFHS has 309 graduates

        A busy day for school board members and school central office staff began with the Jefferson Forest High School graduation at 9:30 a.m.

  • SRHS graduates encouraged to reach high, dream deep

    A large crowd packed the Vines Center to see Staunton River High School’s Class of 2010 close out a chapter.

        The graduation theme came from poet Pamela Vaull Starr:  “Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul.  Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.”

        That theme came through strongly throughout the ceremony.

  • Thaxton, Stewartsville get new principals

    Thaxton and Stewartsville Elementary schools will have new principals beginning July 1.

        Kim Halterman, the current acting principal at Goodview Elementary, will take over at Thaxton. She has served as assistant principal at Goodview since 2007.

        Prior to her experience at Goodview, Halterman worked as a classroom teacher at Botetourt County’s Greenfield Elementary School for five years. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Roanoke College in 2001 and earned her master’s degree from Virginia Tech in 2006.

  • SRHS patrons sound off

    For the second straight Bedford County School Board meeting, Staunton River High School area residents expressed concern Thursday over personnel moves by the board.

  • Hurt wins GOP nod

    Robert Hurt won the Republican nod to take on Congressman Tom Perriello in November. Perriello, first elected in 2008 after defeating incumbent Congressman Virgil Goode, represents the 5th Congressional District in the House of Representatives. Hurt received 48 percent of the vote in a field of seven candidates in last week’s primary race.

        “I was just real proud of our organization,” Hurt said in a phone interview after the election.

  • More than two dozen gather to speak out against Stalin bust

    A farewell reception, by invitation only, for National D-Day Memorial Foundation President Dr. William McIntosh, drew between 20 and 30 protestors late Monday afternoon.

        The group, almost all of them military veterans, gathered at the corner of Burks Hill Road and Tiger Drive as guests for the 5 p.m. reception turned to head for the Memorial. A number of passersby, on Burks Hill, honked their horns or gave the group a thumbs-up as they drove by.

  • Stalin bust now on display at Memorial

    The controversial bust of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin went up at the National D-Day Memorial  on June 1, and a number of local veterans are livid.

        Jim Morrison, a member of Bedford’s American Legion post, said that he has been both a volunteer at the Memorial and a financial supporter. He’s suspending both until he sees what position the new director of the D-Day Memorial Foundation takes on the bust. Dr. William McIntosh, the current director, is slated to retire this month.

  • Volunteers are lifeblood of BCM

    Representatives of both the Bedford and Bedford County governments were on hand to say “Thank you” to Bedford Christian Ministries volunteers recently.

        Kathleen Guzi, Bedford County’s county administrator, said that she chose a local government career because she wanted to make a difference. However, she said that volunteers in the community make the biggest difference.

        “Without you all, we wouldn’t be the wonderful place to live, work and play,” she told the volunteers.