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Today's News

  • Taking flight

        Soar Dunk, an inspirational acrobatics team from Liberty University, paid a visit to Forest Elementary’s gym last week for a character assembly.

        “We get to travel around and give encouraging messages wherever we go,” said Evan Apon, a member of the team.

  • Real-world education

        The students were creating their own worlds.

        The Bedford Middle School contingent sat down to create those worlds through Minecraft, a video game about placing blocks to make about anything you can dream up.
        It’s something they do every week as part of their 21st Century After School Program run through the Bower Center for the Arts. And on Monday, the students had new computers to use—complements of the Bedford Science and Technology (BSTC) Computer Systems Technology class.

  • Time for repairs

        The courthouse roof leaks and Sheldon Cash, director of public works, came before the supervisors with the result of the latest rebid to fix the problem.

        Cash said there are major leaks around the bell tower, which has had little done to it since the courthouse was built in the 1930s. The lowest responsible bid to correct the problem came in from Jamerson-Lewis Construction, of Lynchburg, at $637,000. Cash said $10,000 extra would be needed to replace the cupola in copper, as it now is.

  • Music teacher pleads guilty

          Luis Roberto Mendez, a music teacher in Bedford County, pleaded to a pair of charges of taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship in Bedford Circuit Court on Friday afternoon.

        The Class Five felonies can result in one to five years in the penitentiary per charge.
        Mendez, 42, appeared bedecked in an orange jumpsuit in front of Judge James Updike, along with defense counsel Matthew Pack.

  • Budget season begins

        People packed the school board’s Thursday night meeting for a public hearing on the school division’s budget for the next school year. Most of the speakers, including representatives of the Bedford County Education Association (BCEA), called for teacher pay raises.
        “I do teach for the love of children and learning,” said Peggy Terrell.

  • School board will vote on JF fundraiser to purchase artificial turf at another meeting

        After a lengthy public hearing on the school budget Thursday, the Bedford County School Board got down to its slated business for the evening’s agenda, which included numerous financial concerns for this budget year.

  • Comp plan public hearing slated for Tuesday

        Bedford County’s planning commission has scheduled a public hearing on a revision of the county’s comprehensive plan. Each locality is required by state law to develop a comprehensive plan and periodically update it. The county adopted its current plan in 2007.

  • County board takes initial look at budget

        Bedford County’s supervisors got some good news, with caveats, Monday evening at a budget work session.
        County Administrator Mark Reeter told the supervisors projected revenue for the county is $91.25 million and budget requests come in at $91.2 million. This leaves the budget $50,000 in the black.
        Now, for the caveats.

  • Morgan leaving SRHS; Cornett to serve as acting principal

        The leader of Staunton River High School will be heading north soon.
        Dr. Michelle Morgan has accepted an administrative position with Fairfax County Public Schools, placing her closer to loved ones, according to a news release from the school system.
        Dr. Morgan has served as the school’s principal since 2010 and has been with Bedford County Public Schools since 2005. She is a graduate of Staunton River High School.

  • Bedford Main Street to change its board

        In an effort to revitalize Bedford Main Street, Inc., the current board of the Centertown organization has resigned and new applications are being accepted for nominations for a new board.
        The resignations become effective March 2 and the plan is to have the new board in place March 3.