• YMCA program serves 100 children

    By Mary Jo Boone
    Bedford Area Family YMCA

        The Bedford Area Family YMCA, in collaboration with Bedford Elementary School and Montvale Elementary School as well as with YMCA of the USA and BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) are providing the Summer Power Scholar Academy for the second year in a row.

  • Whitehurst demoted by board

        After a closed-door meeting that ran until nearly midnight, Thursday, the school board voted 4-3 to remove Dr. Cherie Whitehurst from the position of assistant superintendent and offer her a contract as an instructional coach assigned to the school division’s central office.

        Dr. Whitehurst has held the assistant superintendent post since 2009. District 1 school board member Richard Downey, District 6 school board member Susan Kirby and District 7 school board member Martin Leamy cast the dissenting votes.

  • School board calls special meeting

        The Bedford County School Board will hold a special called meeting this Thursday, June 21, to consider personnel and legal matters.

        The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the School Board Office Conference Room. There will be a public comment time.

  • March draws more than 100

        A protest march, organized on short notice by Tom Messier, a junior at Liberty High School, (LHS)  drew more than 100 to the Vista Foods parking lot last Wednesday.

        The majority of the marchers were high school students, but a number of adults also attended. The signs some marchers carried followed Messier’s admonition of “no bad words.” They all had positive messages.

  • Staunton River holds 55th commencement

        An enthusiastic group of teens gathered at the Vine Center of Liberty University, Saturday, for Staunton River High School’s 55th commencement. The class of 2018 has 239 students.

  • LHS students upset by rumored changes

    According to Tom Messier, a rising senior at Liberty High School, students are upset about what they understand to be a plan to eliminate the deputy superintendent of schools position and move the principal at Liberty High School into another position.


    The school system, however, denies any plans to change leadership at Liberty for the upcoming year.

  • School Board adopts revised budget

        The Bedford County School Board adopted its budget for the 2018-2019 school year at a special called meeting Thursday evening. During the meeting school board members trimmed the budget to fit within the state and local funding it expects to receive.
        This was not a budget cut. The $104.4 million budget still represents a $2 million increase over last year’s budget. It doesn’t reflect a reduction of funding from the board of supervisors, either. The local transfer is .3 percent higher than last year.

  • It’s been like home

        For Rhetta Watkins, Bedford Middle School has been home.

        And as she thinks of retiring, it isn’t always easy.
        “I have been blessed,” she said of her 20 years as principal at BMS. “It’s bitter sweet (to leave).”

  • New principals

        Three Bedford County elementary schools will have new principals next year.
        During Thursday’s Bedford County School Board meeting, School Superintendent Dr. Douglas Schuch announced the changes that had been approved by the board earlier that evening.

    Otter River Elementary

  • SAC speaks

        Bedford County School Board members heard at their meeting Thursday from students about what is important to them and also passed updates to its wellness policy that address new food-in-the-classroom regulations that restrict the types of food that can be sold during the school day and how many parties classrooms are able to have during the school year.