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Today's News

  • County seniors graduate

        More than 750 Bedford County seniors walked across the floor of the Vines Center at Liberty University Saturday to shake the hand of their principal, receive their diploma and turn the final page of their high school career, becoming graduates of their respective schools.
        All of the schools recognized those students who had chosen to go into the military after graduation. There were cheers as proud parents and families watched their children receive their diplomas; there were tears as classmates who had passed away were remembered.

  • Public hearing on possible school closings is Monday

    The Bedford County School Board will be conducting a public hearing on potential closing/consolidation of elementary schools in the Staunton River Zone and the resulting redistricting of students.

        In anticipation of that meeting, residents of the Body Camp and Moneta communities came together this weekend to prepare for the week ahead.

  • Developer looks at alternative

    Downtown Moneta developer George Aznavorian believes the issue with the septic drain fields at Moneta Elementary School can be fixed for considerably less money than the $400,000 price tag school officials have stated it will cost.
        Aznavorian has been working to see if there is a way the Bedford Regional Water     Authority,    local businesses and the county might work together to provide septic service to the north Moneta area. He believes it could be a “win-win” for everyone.

  • 50 years: Jailhouse calls lead to longer sentence

        Charles Wesley Olmstead just couldn’t help himself.
        And it cost him—it cost him a lot.
        Facing up to 50 years on computer solicitation charges, Olmstead, 39, made calls for phone sex to two different minor age girls—from jail.

  • Students unveil time capsule buried 7 years ago

        Seven years ago Jane Parrish’s advanced reading class at Body Camp Elementary dropped a piece of history into a time capsule and buried it in a garden behind the school.

  • Fox News visits D-Day Memorial

        A Fox News crew showed up at the National D-Day Memorial to shoot video that will be used in a D-Day documentary, slated to air on Fox News Sunday at 10 p.m. and again at 1 a.m.

  • Students put physics to work

        They could use three materials: cardboard, plastic and duct tape. And with that, physics students from Liberty High School built sea-worthy vessels.
        At least most of them were.
        Students in Jeff Steele’s classes brought their boats to Smith Mountain Lake State Park Thursday morning. Some had been working on their projects for weeks; some for just a few days.
        “It’s something fun to do at the end of the year,” LHS senior Will Grant said.

  • A grand pair

     

    They have to be darn good to win these awards.

    And they are.

    Up against a superb field of nominees, Liberty's Megan Beisser and Jefferson Forest's Ben Ottman were announced as the winners of this year's Bedford Rotary Grand Awards.

    The presentation was made as part of the Rotary's Student-Athlete awards ceremony, held this past Sunday at Liberty High School.

  • Efficiency study released

        If Bedford County Public Schools wants to operate efficiently, two of its elementary schools should be closed, according to a state-mandated efficiency study released Thursday night.
        The study recommended closing both Moneta Elementary School and Bedford Primary School in an effort to save $8 million over the next five years.

  • Parents galvanize response

        Moneta area residents, shocked by the possibility that Moneta Elementary might be closed—sooner rather than later—gathered Sunday at the school to begin plotting their strategy to try and save the community’s school.
        That included signing a petition and giving out information to gather at next week’s Bedford County School Board meeting.