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Today's News

  • Sheriff presents scholarships

    Sheriff Mike Brown recently presented $500 scholarship checks to Michael Moser and Rachel Hall, both Jefferson Forest High School seniors.

        Moser is headed for Radford University where he will major in criminal justice. Following graduation, he plans to work in local law enforcement to get experience, then go to work for the FBI. He’s done a ride-along with a sheriff’s deputy to get a first hand look at the job.

  • New learning center opens at Lake

    Retiring after 34 years in education does not mean that Becky Rowe is getting out of education.

        Rowe officially retires June 30 from Roanoke County Public Schools, where she serves as principal of Roanoke County Central Middle. This is a remedial reading program for middle school students.

        She got her start as a special education teacher and later went into school administration as principal of Roanoke County’s Oak Grove Elementary School.

  • LHS graduates urged to ‘make a difference’

    High school graduation marks a great beginning, but it also means an end. The four years of high school comprise a big chunk of a new graduate’s life, to date. Liberty High School co-salutatorian Anne Whitehurst’s voice often cracked with emotion as she said the Class of 2010’s goodbye to their high school years. Whitehurst actually began her thoughts with their years in middle school.

  • JFHS has 309 graduates

        A busy day for school board members and school central office staff began with the Jefferson Forest High School graduation at 9:30 a.m.

  • SRHS graduates encouraged to reach high, dream deep

    A large crowd packed the Vines Center to see Staunton River High School’s Class of 2010 close out a chapter.

        The graduation theme came from poet Pamela Vaull Starr:  “Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul.  Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.”

        That theme came through strongly throughout the ceremony.

  • Thaxton, Stewartsville get new principals

    Thaxton and Stewartsville Elementary schools will have new principals beginning July 1.

        Kim Halterman, the current acting principal at Goodview Elementary, will take over at Thaxton. She has served as assistant principal at Goodview since 2007.

        Prior to her experience at Goodview, Halterman worked as a classroom teacher at Botetourt County’s Greenfield Elementary School for five years. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Roanoke College in 2001 and earned her master’s degree from Virginia Tech in 2006.

  • SRHS patrons sound off

    For the second straight Bedford County School Board meeting, Staunton River High School area residents expressed concern Thursday over personnel moves by the board.

  • Hurt wins GOP nod

    Robert Hurt won the Republican nod to take on Congressman Tom Perriello in November. Perriello, first elected in 2008 after defeating incumbent Congressman Virgil Goode, represents the 5th Congressional District in the House of Representatives. Hurt received 48 percent of the vote in a field of seven candidates in last week’s primary race.

        “I was just real proud of our organization,” Hurt said in a phone interview after the election.

  • More than two dozen gather to speak out against Stalin bust

    A farewell reception, by invitation only, for National D-Day Memorial Foundation President Dr. William McIntosh, drew between 20 and 30 protestors late Monday afternoon.

        The group, almost all of them military veterans, gathered at the corner of Burks Hill Road and Tiger Drive as guests for the 5 p.m. reception turned to head for the Memorial. A number of passersby, on Burks Hill, honked their horns or gave the group a thumbs-up as they drove by.

  • The National D-Day Memorial is no place for Stalin

    While Joseph Stalin might have played a part in the eventual Allied victory that was precipitated by the actions of June 6, 1944, having his bust at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford does more harm than good. Yes, Stalin was the leader of Russia, an ally to the invasion, but he was also much more — a murderer of millions as the Soviet dictator. His place in the history of World War II can be told at the Memorial without the bust. His bust at the Memorial muddies the message of why the Memorial exists.