Congratulations to Sara Braaten, executive director of the Bower Center for the Arts, on being recognized for her work over the past three years at the Center.
The James River Council for the Arts & Humanities recently presented her with the Arts Volunteer Award from the organization, noting that as the volunteer director of the non-profit, she was recognized for “almost single handedly transforming a quiet, little-known group into a lively and exciting center for the visual and performing arts.”
Last week was Sunshine Week.
The weather cooperated, ushering in spring with plenty of sun and warmth. Maybe the Bedford County School Board will also follow suit.
Sunshine Week is a national campaign that promotes the importance of open government and freedom of information. It’s not just the media that participates, but rather anyone interested in the public’s right to know what is going on in government.
It didn't take long.
The tragic case of the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida last month has now become a political lightning rod. The case is no longer about justice, it's about rallying the troops, for whatever cause someone might support.
The facts in the case no longer matter — it's all about the cause.
Much has been made recently of folks “paying their fair share.” In the political world, this is the hottest of topics.
But the truth is, there are a lot more important ways to help this country out than paying the government more taxes. And it doesn’t cost anyone a dime—or even a penny. What it does cost is time.
Volunteers are the true heroes of this country—they understand what it means to “pay their fair share.” And many go far beyond that.
Several weeks ago we ran an editorial highlighting where Bedford County ranks in per pupil spending among the other school districts in Virginia. Several took offense to the editorial for a variety of reasons.
Our goal was to spark a conversation about Bedford County’s commitment to funding education, not to question the education area students are receiving. We feel students here do very well, for a variety of reasons—good teachers, parental involvement and volunteers who go above and beyond.
Uh oh. Here we go again.
At the 11th hour, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors is considering pulling funds away from the school system, once again.
Last year, the supervisors withheld funds from the school board, as budget negotiations got acrimonious between the two boards. This year should be different. The school board members and school administration have done all they could to keep the lines of communication open between the two boards. There shouldn’t be any surprises.
With Memorial Day weekend upon us, there will be plenty of opportunities to have fun and stay cool in the water.
We’re in the middle of National Safe Boating Week (May 19 – 25) which serves as a good reminder for everyone to stay safe while enjoying the water.
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is reminding all boaters to remember some important safety tips this boating season.
One of the most important – always wear a life jacket while on the water.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn’t want residents in his city drinking Big Gulps—or any other sugary soda offered for sale at more than 16 ounces a pop.
His position is inconsistent, at best.
Bloomberg states his goal is to reduce obesity and the Big Gulp is to blame. He claims the heart of the bulging problem is that evil, sugary soda pumping through the veins of NYC’s residents and guests.
Government must step in, according to Dr. Bloomberg.
Jefferson Forest High School
“In school, you learn and then you are tested. In life, often you are tested and then you learn.” — JF Principal Tony Francis
“Be not a slave of your own past.” — JF’s Abbigale Anderson, quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson.