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Today's News

  • School Board begins trimming its budget

    In an effort to cut $4.8 million from its proposed budget, the Bedford County School Board is looking at cutting 46 teaching and administrative positions this year, in just one cost-savings measure being considered.
        The board discussed the revised budget numbers Thursday night and also approved, as part of that cost-savings, its healthcare insurance premiums for the year. Premiums to school employees will go up; so will deductibles.

  • GA, governor still have work to finish

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Legislative Wrap Up breakfast wasn’t exactly a wrap up. Although the Bedford area’s General Assembly delegation was able to report on a number of finished pieces of legislation, Virginia still remains without a budget.

  • New recreation advisory board is established

        Bedford County’s supervisors have set up a new recreation advisory board, approving it at their last meeting in April.
        According to Wyatt Woody, the county’s parks and recreation director, Bedford County at one time had a recreation commission, which actually made policy decisions and dealt directly with staff. This commission was disbanded in 2004. Later, Michael Stokes, Woody’s predecessor as parks an recreation director, set up and advisory board, but could never get a quorum for meetings.

  • Student Advisory Council 2013-2014

        The best comment at the Bedford County School Board meeting Thursday night just might have come from Thomas Messier, a student at Bedford Middle School.

        Messier, a member of this year’s Student Advisory Council, speaking about the need for improvements at Liberty High School, noted that LHS was celebrating its 50th anniversary this year of being open, adding “so is its gym.”

  • Woodson named Bedford County's Teacher of the Year

        Jefferson Forest High School English teacher Debra Woodson has been named Bedford County's Teacher of the Year.
        Woodson was selected from a group of three finalists that also included Eric Martin, physical education teacher at Stewartsville Elementary and Sandra Brookshier, life science teacher at Bedford Middle School. Those three were selected from the Teachers of the Year that had been named at each school.

  • After 8 decades, this '35 Ford Tudor still looks brand new

    Tommy Harper has a family car that has won numerous awards, including national awards in car shows. It even made an appearance in the February, 2014 edition of Automobile Magazine.

  • Board delays decision on whether to close Thaxton Elementary; Bedford Primary School won't close

    The Bedford County School Board voted to delay making a decision on whether to close Thaxton Elementary School Thursday. A vote could come by the end of this year, after staff has a chance to craft a plan for where students from that school would be be redistricted to attend.

    The board, at Thursday's special called meeting held at Bedford Science and Technology Center, did apparently rule out closing Bedford Primary School. The decision now apparently hinges on if, and when, Thaxton Elementary would be closed.

  • BCSO helping with homicide cold case

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police are assisting the Montgomery County (MD) Police Department with a homicide investigation, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.
        Last week investigators from the Montgomery County Police Department, Cold Case Squad, traveled to Bedford County and met with investigators from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police.

  • Sports commentary: Wrong again

     

    Well, that was quick.

    The Penn State football program has seen the once-Draconian sanctions it received reduced in both impact and duration.

    Last Tuesday, the NCAA announced that it was granting Penn State eligibility for bowl selection this year.  Additionally, the school would be able to start dishing out the full allotment of scholarships in 2015, a number that has been significantly curtailed over the past two years.

  • Seminole volleyball: It's anyone's district

     

    By Mike Forster

    sports@bedfordbulletin.com

     

    Thursday night at the courts told us at least one thing:  The Seminole District is up for grabs.

    After being dominated by Brookville last year and by Glass and JF (as well as the Bees) in recent years, this year, parity is the watchword.

    The district opened play with the defending champ taking on Jefferson Forest.  The Brookies, sorely hit by graduation, were no match for the senior-laden Lady Cavs.

    JF won 25-16, 28-26, 22-25, 25-14.