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Today's News

  • School decision could come Thursday

        The first time Thaxton Elementary School faced being closed by the Bedford County School Board, Kelly Harmony helped lead the effort to keep that school open.
        That volunteer effort worked and no schools that year were closed.
        Now Harmony is a member of the school board, but her stance has remained constant; she doesn’t want any community schools to be closed.

  • Don't close our school

        A public hearing, held last week at Liberty High School’s auditorium on the question of whether to close Bedford Primary School or Thaxton Elementary School, was a polite affair. The crowd only filled the front of the auditorium and nearly all the speakers spoke on behalf of Thaxton.
        “We understand what a very difficult decision you have ahead of you,” commented Sarah Mayhew.

  • Former teacher will have one trial for all three students he is accused of touching

        Harry Claiborne Dillard, 61, a former physical education teacher with Bedford County Public Schools, will face all three aggravated sexual battery charges against him in one trial.
        Dillard was in Bedford County Circuit Court, Tuesday morning, to determine if the charges would be tried at one time, or in separate trials.

  • Elks Home sale official

        The Elks National Home is now officially English Meadows Elks Home Campus.
        Mike Williams and Steve Orndorff, who own and operate English Meadows, an assisted living facility in Christiansburg, purchased the Elks National Home last year and closing was originally scheduled for the end of last year. The two have run the facility in Christiansburg for six years.
        Williams said the process turned out to be longer than they expected.

  • Bedford Moose Lodge seeks county's help for fireworks

        Andy Dooley, chairman of the Bedford Moose Lodge’s fireworks committee, would like some help with next year’s Fourth of July fireworks display. The Moose Lodge has sponsored the last two fireworks displays. Dooley appeared before the Board of Supervisors Monday night.
        Dooley said the Lodge had a meeting after this summer’s fireworks to decide if they were going to continue the displays.
        “We had an overwhelming ‘yes, we’d like to do it',” he said.

  • Pair enter pleas to grand larceny charges

        Josey Ray Edwards, 25, and Angelina Delores Brooks, 31, both from Amherst, were found guilty in Bedford County Circuit Court of grand larceny on Tuesday.
        Brooks pleaded guilty to the charge while Edwards entered a no contest plea. A no contest plea means that the defendant does not admit guilt, but agrees that there is enough evidence to convict him.

  • County SOL math scores improve

        Bedford County students posted significant gains on mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL) tests during the 2013-2014 school year.
        The new tests were first introduced three years ago and students across the state are making gains, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) reported last week.

  • Decision nears on closing 2nd school

        Bedford County School Board members toured Bedford Primary School and Thaxton Elementary School Thursday evening, accompanied by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Douglas Schuch, Dennis Overstreet, the school division’s superintendent of maintenance, a large crowd of citizens and a sheriff’s deputy who had an easy evening as the crowed was a calm, polite group.

        The goal: Learn more about the schools before deciding which school will be closed next year.

  • Virginia men drive tractors to Indiana

        Have you ever felt the urge to make a multi-state cross country drive seated on a tractor?

  • Get an up-close look at a B-17

        A piece of living history is visiting Roanoke’s airport this week, and she’s welcoming guests.