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Government

  • Supervisors question school spending

    Mark Twain, the famous 19th century author, once wrote, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated,” in response to some newspaper stories stating that he had died.
        The same is apparently true of an article that appeared in another county newspaper that reported a heated debate between members of county administration and some members of the board of supervisors during a Jan. 11 retreat held at the Peaks of Otter Lodge.
        Was there a heated debate?

  • Board looks at signs, rentals

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors held a discussion, at a 5 p. m. work session Monday, on proposals initiated by the supervisors to change the county's zoning and subdivision ordinances. No action was taken at the regular 7:30 p.m. meeting that followed.

    Signage restrictions
        One item was a proposal to eliminate the signage restrictions from corridor overlay districts. Corridor overlays are applied to certain highways and add additional restrictions to the underlying zone's requirements.

  • BRWA responds to lawsuit

        Calling it “irrational” and “unnecessary,” representatives from the Bedford Regional Water Authority have crafted their response to a lawsuit challenging the legality of the proposed Smith Mountain Lake Water Treatment Plant Project.
        Earlier this month Bedford Weaving filed the lawsuit in an attempt to block the BRWA from constructing the new water treatment plant at Smith Mountain Lake and the water lines that would carry the treated water from the Lake to Forest.

  • Centra to purchase Carilion's interest in Bedford Memorial

    The Board of Directors of Bedford Memorial Hospital and Oakwood Health and Rehabilitation Center have endorsed a plan to transfer full ownership of the facilities to Centra in 2014.

    Since 2001, the 50-bed community hospital and 111-bed long-term care facility have been co-owned by Centra and Carilion Clinic. Carilion will sell its 50 percent ownership to Centra.

  • Senate looks at weekend jail sentencing

    By Eric Luther
    Capital News Service

        RICHMOND -- A new bill aiming to amend and reenact the Code of Virginia requirements allowing individuals guilty of misdemeanors and certain nonviolent felonies to serve nonconsecutive jail sentences has been proposed by Sen. William Stanley Jr., R-Moneta.
        Senate Bill 167 seeks to remove a code provision stating a criminal sentence of nonconsecutive days only be issued on the basis of allowing a convicted individual to retain employment.

  • Sharp new board chair

        Bedford County’s board of supervisors began the new year with its annual organizational meeting, choosing District 4 Supervisor John Sharp as chairman and District 7 Supervisor Tammy Parker as vice chairman.
        Then, the supervisors got down to business. A request by the Bedford Regional Water Authority to transfer the former Camp 24 property to the Authority for a site for its proposed new water treatment plant proved to be contentious.

  • New system means big changes for DSS

    October 1 brought some big changes for the Bedford County Department of Social Services.

        Prior to that, according to Andy Crawford, the county’s director of Social Services, the department used one eligibility computer system for all the programs Social Services administers.
        “Of course, that system is very outdated,” Crawford commented.

  • Planning Commission wraps up year

        Bedford County’s planning commission held it’s last meeting of the year last week and a final recommendation on board of supervisors’ proposed changes to the zoning ordinance is still pending.
        After debate, the planing commission chose to recommend leaving the signage restrictions in the corridor overlay districts as they are.

  • Town planning commission recommends rezoning of 4 properties affected by reversion

        This could be the last bit of action related to Bedford’s reversion to town status that will take place for some time.

  • Planners tackle amendments

        The Bedford County Planning Commission began tackling the latest set of board of supervisors initiated amendments to the subdivision and zoning ordinance last week.
        Although the supervisors ultimately voted, at their Monday night meeting, to eliminate the requirement for developers to hold neighborhood informational meetings, the majority of planning commission members were uncomfortable about the idea. District 4 planning commission member Frederic Fralick felt it was important to maintain transparency.