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Government

  • Bedford town manager resigns

    Bedford Town Council added a closed door session, not previously scheduled, to the end of their regular Tuesday night meeting. When Council came out of it's executive session, Town Manager Charles Kolakowski announced his resignation.

    “I am hereby announcing my resignation as town manager,” Kolakowski said.

  • Wagner touts business, state government experience

        State Senator Frank Wagner wants to be governor. He believes he is the only Republican candidate with true business experience and who has experience working in state government.
        He also touts his military experience.
        “It’s going well,” Wagner said of the campaign, during a brief stop in Bedford on Thursday.

  • Town owes county $148,000

        Sonia Jammes, Bedford’s director of finance, had some strange news for Town Council last week. It seems that the Town received $148,000 in vehicle rental tax that was supposed to go to Bedford County.
        According to Jammes, the state department of taxation collects vehicle rental tax and divvies up the local share of the tax to localities depending on where the rental agency is located. The state depends on the agency to select the correct locality when it reports. This is where the problem comes in.

  • Few attend public hearings on budget

        Bedford County’s supervisors unanimously approved a tax ordinance that leaves all tax rates the same as they are in the current fiscal year.
        District 3 Supervisor Steve Wilkerson, who made the motion to approve the ordinance, noted that the budget the supervisors devised is based on these tax rates.
        Few attended the public hearings the supervisors held on the tax rates and the budget. Only two people, both representatives of the Bedford County Education Association, spoke.

  • Project helps save money, time to fight fires

        The Huddleston Fire Department can now fill up its tankers right behind its buildings off of Dundee Road at Trading Post No. 3 or at the Waltons Station No. 4 as the result of a project through the Peaks of Otter Soil & Water Conservation District.

  • Update: Arrests made in death of teen found deceased on road

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  • Students observe lawmaking firsthand

    By Mary Lee Clark
    Capital News Service

        RICHMOND – For the past two months, they showed up every day at the state Capitol, dressed in matching blazers and carrying pen and paper at the ready – the next generation of public servants carefully observing their superiors.
        These young adults are known as pages. They are middle school and high school students from around Virginia who assist in everyday tasks at the General Assembly to experience firsthand how the legislative process works.

  • County to make building repairs

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors and county staff are in the final stages of developing a budget that will not require a tax increase to balance.

  • Bedford Middle School building subject of meeting

    Bedford Town Council will hold a meeting in council chambers at the town's municipal building on proposals for what to do with the current middle school building once the school division declares it surplus. A structural engineer will make a presentation, which will include the old 1912 school building commonly called "Old Yellow."

    "I think, as we have found in the past, there is a lot of nostalgia for "Old Yellow," Mayor Robert Wandrei commented during a Town Council Meeting, Tuesday.

  • New tourism director knows the county

        Bedford County got a new tourism director in January but Nicole Johnson is not new to Bedford County.

        She’s a Liberty High School graduate. After college — she majored in medial studies with a journalism concentration — she worked in the Washington D. C. area. She returned to Bedford 10 years ago and worked for five years at the National D-Day Memorial Foundation, working on visitor services.