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Today's News

  • Zoning is hot summer topic for supervisors

        Zoning was at the center of the Bedford County Board of Supervisors' discussion Monday.
        The  supervisors spent nearly three hours, Monday evening, discussing the planning commission’s comments on their proposed changes to the county’s zoning ordinance. This was a continuation of a process that they began in June.

  • School board looks at capital needs

        The Bedford County School Board started out with a list of $60 million in projects, but by the time its work session looking at future capital improvement needs was finished last Thursday, that figure had doubled.
        “This is by no means the final version,” School Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch told the board as the meeting started.
        And he was right.

  • Activities policy approved

        Students participating in extra/co-curricular activities in Bedford County Public Schools will have to meet policy guidelines approved by the county school board last week.
        The policy states that participation of students in those activities “is a privilege extended to students and not a right” and is therefore dependent upon compliance with the applicable rules and regulations.
        The policy states that VHSL standards will also apply to participants.

  • Board to consider policy for club sports

        Club sports in county schools may soon come under the direction of Bedford County Public Schools, if a proposed policy is adopted by the school board.
        Several area residents urged board members to do just that at a meeting last Thursday.
        Jennifer Willoughby said the proposed policy ensures student standards while allowing for flexibility at each individual school. She said the schools don’t have to be “mirror images” of each other.

  • Chaplains hear from WWII veteran

        Bedford Memorial’s volunteer chaplains hold a lunch meeting every month with a featured speaker. This month’s meeting, coming less than a week after the 4th of July featured a patriotic motif, and the group felt that its featured speaker was a perfect fit.

        Evelyn Kowalchuk, now 92, was a flight nurse during World War II. She was one of a group of young nurses who cared for severely wounded soldiers who were being evacuated from the beaches of Normandy in the days following D-Day.

  • School board names new principals

        The Bedford County School Board appointed principals for Moneta Elementary and Staunton River Middle School during action at Thursday’s meeting.

        Melanie Simmons is the new principal at Moneta ES, taking over for Barbara Rezzonico, who has moved over to Bedford Science and Technology Center.

  • Warner’s visit prompts spirited debate

        Senator Mark Warner came to Bedford, Saturday, to hold a town hall meeting before a vocal, often critical audience. About 50 people gathered at Olde Liberty Station to listen to and ask Warner questions.

  • Board takes on bullying

        For Staunton River High School student Laura Ellis, the action taken against bullying by the Bedford County School Board Thursday is not the end, but rather just a beginning.
        “I will be pushing for a statewide bullying prevention program to be put in every high school,” she told the school board, prior to its vote on the policy last week.
        And, the 16-year-old Ellis said, she might just take her initiative nationwide.

  • Bower Center, YMCA team up for summer program

        The Bower Center has teamed up with the YMCA to provide art and dance for 169 children attending Y programs this summer. The children come in from Bedford, Forest and the Goodview areas.

        According to Sara Braaten, the Bower Center’s director, the 5- and 6-year-olds came in the morning and the older children, 8 through 12 years old, came in the afternoon.

  • New middle school likely to be near LHS

        The Bedford County School Board would like a new middle school in the Liberty Zone to be built either adjacent to the current Liberty High School, or at least nearby.