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Today's News

  • Two charged with firing gun in residence, child neglect

        An alleged argument at a Bedford residence has led to two people being charged with discharging a firearm in an occupied dwelling and felony child neglect.

  • Class has FMS students looking towards Mars

        Some eighth grade students at Forest Middle School are planning a mission to Mars.

        It’s all simulated, of course. The Bedford County School budget is much too small to finance the real thing. However, the planning is as real-world as possible, including regular briefings that the students must give to panels of adult professionals.
        This year is the first year for the class, the brain-child of Caitlin Unterman, who teaches the class, officially called Science Exploration.

  • S-curves may get VDOT funding

    Aubrey Layne, Virginia’s Secretary of Transportation, dropped by the Welcome Center with some good news. The S-curves on U. S. 460 may get realigned. These two sets of curves have been the scene of a number accidents and have proven fatal to truckers if their load shifts while negotiating them.

  • Holton takes an up close look at Moneta’s pilot program

        Moneta Elementary School is getting used to showcasing its personal learning pilot program to teachers and dignitaries.

        On Thursday, the school took that to another level, as Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton got up close and personal with several students as the school opened its classrooms to her and others to learn more about the program.
        Joining Holton on the tour were several members of the Bedford County School Board, Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch and Del. Kathy Byron.

  • Bedford Farmer’s Market now taking EBT cards

        Nearly 300 people turned out on a sunny, warm morning for the Bedford Farmers Market’s first Saturday of its 2016 season.

        This year, the Market has a new feature. It is now accepting EBT cards. These are debit cards that people receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) money use to make their purchases. Rather than getting paper food stamps, the money is loaded on a debit card which recipients use to pay for purchases.

  • School board makes cuts to budget

        The Bedford County School Board met Thursday night faced with the task of cutting $2 million from the budget it presented to the board of supervisors in late March.
        Dr. Douglas Schuch presented the board with recommended cuts. One of these cuts was the $250,000 the school board had placed in the project maintenance fund. Board Chairman Gary Hostutler sought to find cuts elsewhere to restore some of this money.
        “We need to have some project maintenance money,” he said.

  • Boot Camp aims to help small businesses

        Union Bank and Trust representatives showed up at last week’s Business Boot Camp to present a check for $1,000 to help support the program. One of their own, Tammy Brown was teaching last week’s installment.

        Brown, who serves as Union’s business banking’s relationship manager and works out of the bank’s Forest office has taught several of these seminars. She said the goal is to provide small business owners with basic information.

  • Long honored with state award

        Senior Virginia State Trooper Brandon Long has received the Outstanding Safety Achievement Award.

        Long received the award in Richmond last week. According to First Sergeant Michael Bailey, this award recognizes state troopers for outstanding efforts to promote public safety. It identifies troopers who excel in this effort.

  • Store rewards good behavior

        Forest Middle School (FMS) has taken a unique approach to behavior. It’s a store where students can buy items they want, but instead of money, the currency the store accepts consists of points earned by good behavior.

        “Instead of the school trying to catch you doing wrong, we are going to catch you doing right, and reward you,” said Paul Nazigian, the school’s assistant principal.

  • Board adopts revised school budget

        School budget issues were a major feature of Monday night’s board of supervisors meeting.

        School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler came before the supervisors to ask for $2 million in one time funding. His request covered eight items.
        Hostutler asked for money to fund a new central office phone system at a cost of $17,000.  He also asked for $50,000 for school security. He said this would finish the job of providing a controlled entrance at all schools, requiring visitors to be buzzed in.