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Government

  • Supervisors adopt dock ordinance

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted, after a joint public hearing with the planning commission, to remove all references to American Electric Power (AEP) from the zoning ordinance’s building permit process for docks at Smith Mountain Lake.

  • No more studies on broadband

        Bedford County’s broadband authority, after a discussion, voted by a 3-3 margin not to do a county wide broadband infrastructure assessment.
        District 3 Supervisor Steve Wilkerson, District 7 Supervisor Kevin Willis and District 1 Supervisor Bill Thomasson voted in favor of the study while District 4 Supervisor John Sharp, District 5 Supervisor Tommy      Scott     and Board Chairman Curry Martin voted against it. District 6 Supervisor Andy Dooley was absent.

  • Bedford PD adds new lieutenant

        Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman believes he has found his man.

  • Bansley unseats Wilkerson

        Last week’s Republican primary will result in a change in the Bedford County Board of Supervisors. Although this was a political party primary, the winners will run unopposed in November.
        The change came about in District 2 were Charla Bansley, the challenger, defeated incumbent Steve Wilkerson. Bansley won with 55 percent of the vote.

  • Bedford fireworks are July 3

        Bedford’s Fourth of July fireworks are slated for July 3, according to D. W. Lawhorne, Bedford’s director of public works. The town and the county are collaborating on the display with the town and county sharing the cost and the town handling the logistics.

  • County considers sale of two closed schools

        In a light meeting agenda, Bedford County’s supervisors dealt with three issues.
        The supervisors unanimously agreed to seek a Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) permit that will cover the entire 229 acre landfill rather than seeking permits for each cell as it is opened,  Sheldon Cash, the county’s director of pubic works, said there are between 10 and 15 cells remaining in the landfill.

  • Town still dealing with Belltown Road water issues

    By John Barnhart
    Staff Writer
    johnbarnhart@bedfordbulletin.com

        A decade ago, the city of Bedford connected a number of Belltown Road residents to the city’s water system because the city’s old landfill, closed in the mid-1990s,  had contaminated their wells. The city connected these residences to its municipal water system in 2005.

  • Bansley, Sharp win GOP primary

    The voters have spoken and Charla Bansley will replace Steve Wilkerson in the District 3 seat on the board of supervisors in January. Bansley defeated incumbent Wilkerson in last night's Republican primary with 55 percent of the vote. Wilkerson got 45 percent.

    In District 4, incumbent John Sharp won by an even larger margin. He fended off a challenge by Gary Hostutler with 59 percent of the vote. Hostutler received 41 percent.

  • Primaries to select candidates Tuesday

    Back in 1961, when Lacey Putney unseated an incumbent to win election to the 19th House of Delegates seat, he did so in a Democratic Party primary. Back in those days, the winner of the Democrats’ primary was also the winner of the November election.

  • Hill to run for District 4 School Board vacancy

        Marcus Hill has announced he will be running for the District 4 Bedford County School Board seat. 
        That seat is being vacated by Gary Hostutler, who is running for the District 4 seat on the Board of Supervisors.
        Hill, 43, has a BS in Business Administration from NC Wesleyan College.  His career in telecommunications began back in 1994 and he is currently the Region Operations Manager, in the VA market, for the nation’s third largest communications company.