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Government

  • They want an Amtrak stop

        The possibility of getting an Amtrak stop in Bedford isn’t dead, but local governing bodies will have to move fast.
        After the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) chose not to include Bedford as a stop for an Amtrak train that will run between Lynchburg and Roanoke, a volunteer group consisting of people from Bedford County and Franklin County got to work and assembled a set of facts that show that the stop would have an economic impact that would reach beyond Bedford, going down into Franklin County.

  • BRWA to hold meeting on project

        Construction on the new Smith Mountain Lake Water Treatment Plant and waterlines is now underway.
        The installation of the raw water pipeline that will run from the Authority’s water intake in the High Point subdivision to the proposed water treatment plant site on Radford Church Road has begun. A few hundred feet have already been installed.

  • Reversing the vote

        Last month, the supervisors voted 5-1, with District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington absent, to reject a special use permit to construct a trash collection site on a three acre property in Stewartsville at the intersection of Va. 24 and Drewrys Hill Road.

  • Election 2015: The results are in

        This year’s state and local election, held on a sunny day with mild temperatures, brought out a larger than anticipated percentage of voters. Preliminary figures show that 21 percent of registered voters in Bedford County cast ballots last Tuesday.

        Voters reelected Sheriff Mike Brown by a margin of 76 percent with 10,225 voters casting ballots to reelect him.   Charles  Stebbins received 24 percent of the vote with 3,160 votes cast in his favor.

  • Name for new Reserve Center will soon be released

        It’s been a long-time coming, but a name for the new Army Reserve Center has been chosen. The Reserve Center is located on U. S. 460, just west of Bedford, in the new Harmony center.
        According to Sergeant First Class (SFC) Jody Martin, who manages the facility, the Reserve usually names a Reserve center in honor of a local soldier who has been killed in a recent conflict. Fortunately, the Bedford area has not lost any Army Reservists in combat in either of the two Iraq wars or in Afghanistan.

  • The voters have spoken

        This year's state and local election, held on a sunny day with mild temperatures, brought out a larger than anticipated percentage of voters. Preliminary figures show that 21 percent of registered voters in Bedford County cast ballots yesterday.

        Voters reelected Sheriff Mike Brown by a margin of 76 percent with 10,225 voters casting ballots to reelect him. Charles Stebbins received 24 percent of the vote with 3,160 votes cast in his favor.

  • Voter turnout was good

        A warm, sunny election day brought more voters than anticipated to the polls yesterday. According to Barbara Gunter, total voter turnout across the county was 11.7 percent by 11:35 a.m, but some precincts had reached 14 percent and the Knights of Columbus precinct, in Forest, was the morning turnout champion with 18 percent of its registered voters having cast ballots before noon.

        Gunter, in a phone interview before noon, said turnout was higher than expected at that point.

  • Council looks at stronger regs on those who don’t keep up property

        Town Council is looking to strengthen the town’s ordinance dealing with property owners who don’t maintain their property.
        “We have a number of consistent violators, “ Town Manager Charles Kolakowki told Council during a work session last week.
        Kolakowski said the vast majority of the problem property owners are out of town. Some are out of state. Some “use us for a lawn service.”

  • Work on courthouse nearly complete

        “We are 99 percent done,” said Sheldon Cash, the county’s director of public works, concerning repair work on the courthouse.

        The bell tower repair was done first.
        “They worked from the top down,” Cash said.
        The weather vane, which had lost half of its directions, was replaced. The new copper dome shines like a new penny — it will gradually weather and acquire a green patina.

  • Bedford County makes progress on safer fire trucks

        According to Jack Jones, the county’s director of fire and rescue, a tax increase in 2014 and a plan developed by the county’s volunteer fire chiefs, has made it possible to get rolling on a project to replace aging fire trucks.