Today's News

  • The message doesn't change

    There will be some changes this year as some 10,500 students head back to Bedford County Public Schools on Monday.

        For some, class sizes will be bigger; some class offerings have been eliminated all together. At some smaller elementary schools, some grades might even be combined in one class. It’s the new normal — not just for BCPS but for most school divisions across the commonwealth.

  • Students head back to school

    Some 10,500 students will fill the halls of Bedford County’s 21 public schools on Monday as bells ring in the 2010-2011 school year.

        A division-wide open house at the schools will be held this Thursday from noon to 7 p.m., giving parents and students a chance to visit their schools and meet their teachers. 
        “It’s always better when they know who their teacher or teachers are,” stated School Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch, in encouraging families to attend the open houses.

  • 10 county schools fail to make AYP

    Like most school divisions across Virginia, Bedford County Public Schools failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress standards, according to preliminary results released last week by the Virginia Department of Education for 2010-2011.

        Only 12 of the commonwealth’s 132 school divisions made AYP. Eleven of the Bedford school system’s 21 schools made AYP with four facing school improvement sanctions that include having to offer school choice to the students at those schools.

  • Toler to replace Black on school board until election is held in Nov.

    After several hours of closed-session interviews, the Bedford County School Board announced Thursday that it had selected Cheryl Toler of Forest to replace David Black, who resigned his District 3 seat last month because of a job transfer to North Carolina.

  • Bedford's police say 'Goodbye'

    The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office answered calls in Bedford Monday morning.

        This was so that the entire Bedford police department could attend Sergeant Boyd Lee Royer’s funeral held at Memorial Christian Church in Lynchburg. All but the police officers who worked the midnight shift were there. Chief Jim Day said that they had worked all night and needed to get some sleep because they would be back on again at midnight.

  • The government’s view: Officials look at economic recovery

        “We all know that we’ve been through a very tough time,” said Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling as he spoke to a Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce gathering at the Bedford Welcome Center, Monday.

        Bolling noted that, although economists state that the recession ended last year, it doesn’t feel that way to most people.
        “It’s been tough on families,” he said. “It’s had a big impact on government.”

  • Youth have a blast at COP Camp

    The Bedford Police Department’s annual COP Camp once again proved to be a hit with local youth last week. All slots were filled and more children would have attended if the funds had been available to accommodate them.

        The week-long day camp takes place at Bedford Middle School and the Bedford Area YMCA. The goal is to provide opportunities for positive interaction between law enforcement officers and youth. It also teaches the youth some valuable lessons.

  • Living history

    s enrolled in the National D-Day Memorial’s World War II Day Camp last week.  

        The three-day camp allowed the campers to discover what life was like for G.I.s in the war and for civilians on the home front.  Hands-on activities, crafts, living history and “ration” snacks were all part of the three-day experience. 
        The camp was open for students grades 3-6 and this year campers from communities all over the state attended.

  • Separate wind ordinance to be created

    The Bedford County Planning Commission has decided to create a separate wind ordinance.

        The original plan was to incorporate windmill language in the new zoning ordinance that the planning commission is working on, making it a use by right in certain areas. Currently, a landowner wishing to build a wind turbine must go through the special use permit process. The special use permit costs about $2,000.

  • Opportunity provides Japanese teen chance to experience our culture

    Arisa Emoto, of Takarazuka, Japan, has been having a total cultural immersion experience this summer.

        The Japanese 13-year old has been staying with Mary DeWald’s family under an exchange program. Emoto speaks only a little English. Nobody in DeWald’s family speaks Japanese. That’s made it a swim or sink experience. Emoto is swimming.