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  • 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.

  • Two more enter pleas in shooting case

    Pleas were entered last month by two more defendants in the Thaxton shooting case of a Bedford County man that occurred in January 2008.

        Deepraj Islam Khan and Amanda Lynn Campbell both entered pleas in July, following the April Alford pleas of Sandra Faye Campbell, 48, who will spend six years in prison for her participation in the shooting. Sandra Campbell, of Thaxton, was sentenced to 16 years, with 10 years suspended, for her convictions on malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony charges.

  • Supervisors debate use of federal stimulus money

    A federal grant of $78,232 for Bedford Domestic Violence Services became the subject of debate at Monday night’s Bedford County Board of Supervisors meeting. The money comes from the federal stimulus program.

        The request to accept the grant was originally on the consent agenda, which is adopted as a whole. Supervisors, however, can pull items from the consent agenda and ask that they be discussed separately as an action item. District 5 Supervisor  Steve Arrington asked that of this item.

  • Farmers not convinced about cap and trade legislation

    While Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello is touting his support for the American Clean Energy and Security Act, also known as the cap-and-trade bill, as an opportunity for area farmers to help create alternative energy, some aren’t buying it.

        Count local cattle farmer Albert Epperly as one of the naysayers.

  • NPS to consider D-Day Memorial inclusion

    The process of considering the National D-Day Memorial for inclusion in the National Park System has accelerated.