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  • Man pleads guilty to injuring child

    A Bedford County man pleaded guilty, Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court, to injuring a 17-month-old child.

    Robert Lewis Evans, 24, of Hardy pleaded guilty to child abuse and malicious wounding.

    On Nov. 7, 2007, Evans and his girlfriend brought the child to Community Hospital in Roanoke. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance said that they told the hospital that they found the child in his crib bleeding from the nose and ear.

  • SRHS seniors urged to embrace opportunities

    For the 231 Staunton River High School seniors graduating last Saturday during the school's 45th Commencement held at the Liberty University Vines Center, it was a time for remembering the journey and for looking ahead to the future.

    This year's graduation theme: "We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails."

    And that's what the seniors were urged to do, prior to receiving their diplomas.

  • JFHS graduates take next step in their journey

    Jefferson Forest High School valedictorian Phillip Gorman, and the other speakers during graduation exercises held Saturday at the Liberty University Vines Center, urged classmates to strive forward in the journey that was waiting for them.

    This year's commencement theme: "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step," by Lao-tzu.

    "The future is forever long," Stated Gorman, urging each of the 320 graduates to not do anything they will regret later.

  • FMS teacher wins top middle school honor

    Diane Farley stood in shock as representatives from Bedford County Schools entered the lunchroom at Forest Middle School late Wednesday morning.

    Assistant Superintendent Dr. Bobbi Johnson carried a bouquet of flowers and balloons for the Forest Middle School American history teacher ? and the news that she had been chosen as Bedford County's Middle School Teacher of the Year.

    "I am totally blown away," Farley said of the honor. "I've had a tough year personally and this is a perfect ending to maybe a new start."

  • LHS Class of 2008 urged to stand up, make a difference

    Before handing out their diplomas, Liberty High School Principal Dr. Cherie Whitehurst told the 238 graduating seniors that they had a lot to look forward to in the years to come.

    "You have an exciting future ahead of you," she said, during the ceremony held at the Liberty University Vines Center Saturday.

    The theme of this year's graduation was a quote from Dr. Seuss: "Be Who You Are and Say What You Feel, Because Those Who Mind Don't Matter and Those Who Matter Don't Mind."

  • Stewartsville educator named Teacher of the Year

    Debbie Newman always pictured herself as an educator.

    And now, in her 27th year of doing just that, she's also known as Bedford County's Teacher of the Year.

    Newman is Stewartsville Elementary's Instructional Technology Research Teacher. She's been at the school for 17 years. On Thursday a surprise ceremony was held for Newman in which the school's students and staff were joined by school administrators and members of Newman's family to honor her.

    "I love coming to work here," Newman said. "I just love it."

  • Slowly fading away

    It was 64 years ago Friday that the Bedford Boys came ashore on a French beach code named "Omaha." As it does every year, the National D-Day Memorial held a ceremony to commemorate the amphibious landing.

    Friday was bright and blazing hot, a contrast to the overcast, cold, wet day when the men of the 29th infantry division went ashore in 1944. In spite of the bright weather, there was a somber aspect. Part of this is due to the fact that many of the young men who landed that day never came home. The other is that those who did are now slowly fading away.

  • Committee recommends changes to zoning ordinance

    A committee charged with looking at Bedford County's zoning ordinance language on religious assemblies held its final meeting last week.

    The committee consisted of District 2 Planning Commissioner Lynn Barnes, District 1 Planning Commissioner Rick Crockett, George Nester, director of community planning and several church representatives. The committee has recommended making a religious assembly a use by right in all zones, except for industrial zones. It would also be allowed in industrial zones, subject to a special use permit.

  • Liberty High School teacher wins top high school honor

    Teaching is a second career for Mark Day, who teaches AP European History and American History at Liberty High School (LHS). Day was named Bedford County's High School Teacher of the Year last week.

    Day came to Bedford County, 13 years ago, after a 24-year career in the Navy. He's a veteran of the first Persian Gulf War of 1991.

  • Uses of Red Barn discussed

    Area residents attending a meeting on the Red Barn, Monday, decided the simpler is better.

    The Red Barn is located adjacent to the old county nursing home building on Falling Creek Road. It was built in the 1930s and served the county poor house, which was still in operation there at the time. The building may be a Sears kit barn, although Elizabeth Gilboy, director of Virginia Tech's Community Design Assistance Center, said that researchers aren't positive. She said that they have a Sears catalog from that time that shows a barn with a floor plan just like it.