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Government

  • Location for Bedford passenger rail station selected by group

        The Bedford-Franklin Regional Rail Committee Rail Liaison Committee has settled on a site for a rail passenger station in Bedford. Last week, Brian McCrodden, a member of the committee, briefed Bedford Town Council.

  • Sheriff lauds citizens who help deputy

        Bedford County Deputy Sonny Daniels got a big assist last Wednesday from area residents in his pursuit, and eventual arrest, of 22-year-old Ryan D. Ellis of Forest.

        One of those residents, Randy Willis, was thanked personally by Daniels and Sheriff Mike Brown during a brief ceremony held Thursday at Trio’s Pizza in Forest, where Ellis was eventually arrested.

  • Town has its say

        Back when Lacey Putney was first elected to the House of Delegates, the winner of the Democratic Primary was also the winner of the November election. Putney was first elected by unseating the incumbent delegate, Charles Green, in a Democratic Party primary in 1961.
        Now, at least in Bedford County, the winner of the Republican primary is also the winner of the November election.

  • Bedford has top crime rate —sort of

        Crime in the town of Bedford is up.
        In fact, according to the Virginia State Police, the town has the highest rate of crimes per capita in Virginia.
        But those numbers are a bit misleading – according to the report itself.
        For 2014, the VSP report states that the town averaged 11,735 crimes per 100,000 people. Of course, Bedford doesn’t have close to that number of people – but it does have more than the report states.

  • Bennett retires from BPD

        After more than 30 years of work in law enforcement, Capt. Jim Bennett of the Bedford Police Department is retiring.

        Most of those years were spent here in Bedford – he began his career with the Wintergreen Police Department in 1984 and joined the Bedford PD in 1987.
        “Hopefully I’ve made a difference in some people’s lives,” Bennett stated Thursday, during a retirement gathering for him in the council chambers at the Municipal Building.

  • Supervisors OK fire truck

        The Stewartsville-Chamblissburg Volunteer Fire Department got unanimous approval from the board of supervisors to buy a new fire truck. The truck will be a 2015 Pierce pumper. According to Jack Jones, the county’s fire and rescue chief, the pumper purchase is part of the fire and rescue 20 year replacement cycle.

  • Polls register good voter turnout

    Turnout was good, especially for a primary. According to Barbara Gunter, the county’s registrar, voter turnout was 4.6 percent by 10 a.m. The Welcome Center precinct had seen 96 voters by 9:30 a.m. and the Bedford Central Library precinct had seen 126 by 10 a.m. Voter turnout at the Liberty High School precinct was 117 by 10:45.

  • Dooley and Willis unseat Pollard and Parker

        Back when Lacey Putney was first elected to the House of Delegates, the winner of the Democratic Primary was also the winner of the November election. Putney was first elected by unseating the incumbent delegate, Charles Green, in a Democratic Party primary in 1961.
        Now, at least in Bedford County, the winner of the Republican primary, is also the winner of the November election.

  • Back to the drawing board on wedding event proposal

        A proposal to amend the county zoning ordinance to make outdoor wedding events a use by right in agricultural zones drew a large number of people, all opposed, to last week’s board of supervisors meeting.
        The outdoor wedding proposal was one of three proposed amendments to the county’s zoning ordinance that Gregg Zody, the county’s community development director, brought before the supervisors.

  • Supervisor, candidates do ride-along with deputies

        Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown invited members of the board of supervisors and supervisor candidates to ride with a deputy on the 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. shift last Thursday to see what the deputies experience.