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Today's News

  • Elementary, middle school Teachers of the Year honored

    A delegation from the school division’s central office made its rounds, Friday, with a surprise for three teachers.

        Each year Bedford County Public Schools chooses three teachers, elementary, middle school and high school as Teacher of the Year for the school year that is just about to end. One of them is also designated the county-wide Teacher of the Year. Candidates for this honor are nominated by their colleagues and the nominations are reviewed by a panel of teachers. The winners are surprised in person the morning after the decision is made.

  • Supervisors vote to hire additional paid rescue staff

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted last week to hire additional paid staff to supplement volunteer rescue squad coverage.

        The county already has paid staff to supplement the volunteer rescue squads from 4 a.m. until 6 p.m. The additional staff extends this to 24-hour coverage.

        “It’s a bare minimum,” said Jack Jones, the county’s director of emergency services.

  • Teacher of the Year

    As a student, Jami Key had several extraordinary teachers who impacted her life. Now she’s returning the favor to students in Bedford County and this past week was recognized for those efforts by being named as the school system’s Teacher of the Year.

        Key, a science and biology teacher at Liberty High School, has spent all of her teaching career — 23 years — at LHS. “It is quite an honor,” she said of being named Bedford County Teacher of the Year. “”We have lots of other deserving teachers.”

  • Gym project delayed

    Parents of students at Bedford Primary School were notified this week that construction of a  gymnasium for the school has been put on hold.

        In a letter to parents, Principal Wayne Lyle said that while the Bedford County School Board had been making plans to use money left over from other projects — specifically those recently completed at Jefferson Forest and Staunton River high schools —  for the gymnasium, those plans have been put on hold. The school currently does not have a gymnasium.

  • Cheek reconsiders, will seek re-election

    District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek will be back for a run for another term on the Bedford County Board of Supervisors.

        At the end of April, Cheek had announced that he would not be a candidate for re-election in November. He said he wanted to spend more time on his business and with his family.

        What changed his mind?

        “The people changed it for me,” said Cheek. “I had people calling left and right, people stopping by.”

        One of them was Curry Martin.

  • D-Day veterans, Flames of Memory to mark 65th D-Day Anniversary

    Hundreds of D-Day and WWII vets in their mid-80s are expected to make their way to the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford  this week to mark the 65th Anniversary of the invasion of Normandy.

  • The future of the Memorial

    As the 65th anniversary of D-Day approaches, Dr. William McIntosh, director of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, has announced that the Foundation may not have enough money to continue to operate the Memorial after the end of summer.

        According to McIntosh, it costs $2.2 million each year to operate the Memorial. The site takes in $600,000 from visitors and donations make up the rest. Like all non-profit organizations, the Foundation has seen a drop in the donations it receives. He said that it has $300,000 in unrestricted funds in the bank.

  • With the money available, the gymnasium project at Bedford Primary School should proceed without delay

    Staunton River will get its office space renovated this summer but students at Bedford Primary School will have to continue to wait to see if they will get a gymnasium. Let’s hope that wait isn’t too long.

  • Letters

    Keep the Memorial going

        The headlines of both the Roanoke Times and The News&Advance read “National D-Day Memorial at risk of closing.”(May29, 2009. ) As a volunteer of the Memorial and a citizen of Bedford County I implore the residents of Central Virginia not to let that happen.

  • Run for the Wall

    Montvale Elementary School welcomed hundreds of bikers to the school last Thursday for a stop-over along their cross-country route to the Vietnam Memorial In Washington D.C.

        The stop at the school has become an annual event, full of meaning to both the students and the riders. The bikers were making their final leg of the Run for the Wall, an effort that has now been observed for two decades.