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Today's News

  • Horses add to the experience at Camp Virginia Jaycee

    Some extra horses, mainly provided by Many Blessings Farm, vastly expanded campers’ opportunities for horseplay at Camp Virginia Jaycee last week.

    According to Dana Zyrowski, Camp Jaycee’s director, the camp has three horses of its own. Many Blessings brought eight and Marcia Wingert brought one, along with a two-wheeled cart and a friendly Dalmatian. Zyrowski said that the extra horses meant that they were able to provide more horseback riding to more campers in that one week than they could during the entire summer.

  • AYP provides moving target

    The fact that two elementary schools failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress standards (AYP) under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) became a subject for discussion at last week's county school board meeting. District 2 School Board Member Talbot Huff asked that it be added to the agenda as an information item.

    Dr. Bobbie Johnson, assistant superintendent of schools, had some good news and some bad news for the school board.

    "We did not make AYP as a school division," she said, relating the bad news.

  • County Schools, YMCA receive $700,000 grant

    Last fall, Liberty High School's ninth grade physical education classes started a pilot program with the Bedford Area YMCA.

    The idea, according to Lori Mattson, one of Liberty's physical education teachers, is to give students a chance to be exposed to activities they don't get in regular PE classes. One goal is to reach students who don't like PE.

    The program used YMCA facilities, including the swimming pool. The high school PE classes joined the Y in the Fit for Life Program, which promotes activities that support lifetime fitness.

  • Howard A. Logwood, 85, Venice

    Howard Akers Logwood, 85, Venice, formerly of Catharpin, Va., died July 18, 2008. The services were private. National Cremation Society & Memorial Center in Sarasota handled arrangements.

    Survivors include his wife, Virginia; daughters Brenda Lee and Patricia Lynn; a brother, Robert of Gainesville, Va., and a sister, Sibyl Carrick of Vienna, Va.

    He is also survived by grandchildren Harry "Trey" Price III, Justin Price and Melaina Hutcherson; and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by sisters Linda Thomas and Mary Asp.

  • News briefs

    Teens arrested for attempted break-ins

    On Monday, Aug. 11, at about 2 a.m., Bedford Police Department officers responded to an alarm at the Food Lion at 1515 Longwood Ave. in the city of Bedford.

    On arrival, Sergeant Brian MacAlexander observed one subject dressed in black clothing walking across the parking lot. He stopped this person to talk to him, and observed another subject attempting to hide. He summoned another officer to assist.

  • Teens arrested for attempted break-ins

    On Monday, Aug. 11, at about 2 a.m., Bedford Police Department officers responded to an alarm at the Food Lion at 1515 Longwood Ave. in the city of Bedford.

    On arrival, Sergeant Brian MacAlexander observed one subject dressed in black clothing walking across the parking lot. He stopped this person to talk to him, and observed another subject attempting to hide. He summoned another officer to assist.

    After further investigation, the two subjects, who are juveniles ages 16 and 17, were arrested and charged with the following:

  • American National Bank opens in Centertown

    Instead of serving up Chinese food, a late-19th century building on North Bridge Street now offers banking services.

    American National Bank opened in Bedford in the building that formerly housed Hunan Restaurant. The restaurant did not reopen after a fire heavily damaged the interior.

  • Let's dump these Olympic events--commentary

    With the summer Olympics in full swing, I figured I’d kick in my two cents. As many of you already know, this will be the last Olympics (at least for the foreseeable future) that include baseball and softball.

  • Big Island Legion squad is state runner-up

    The number 13’s reputation as a harbinger of bad luck was dampened by the efforts of the Big Island Post 217 at this year’s Legion baseball state tournament.

    The Islanders put on quite the performance, earning runner-up status to South Richmond.

    “We just ran out of pitching,” said Coach Kelly Russell.

    A variety of reasons, including the start of football season, reduced the number of players on the team. When it rolled into Stuarts Draft for the start of the tournament, it was down to that dreadful 13 number.

  • NCLB just might need to be left behind

    It appears that seven schools in Bedford County did not meet the No Child Left Behind's Adequate Yearly Progress requirements this past year and an eighth is on the fence. For all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the NCLB Act back in 2001, those results are more a sign of a failed federal policy than failures within the school system itself.