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Government

  • O’Connor is running as a Republican

        Brian O’Connor is running as a Republican for the District 2 supervisor seat that Curry Martin is vacating when his term expires at the end of this month. Martin recruited him to run and feels that O’Connor’s approach to government is much like his.

  • Sylvester is running as a Democrat

        Fred Sylvester, who is running for the District 2 supervisor seat, has a varied background.

        He started out as a West Virginia state trooper and moved to Virginia to work as a criminal investigator for the Commonwealth.

  • Tuck is running as an independent

        Edgar Tuck, a lifelong county resident, is seeking the District 2 Supervisor’s seat as an independent.

        He, his father, Billy Tuck, and his brothers own a farm that raises Angus cattle — they have 240 head of cattle on the farm, which  is  under a conservation easement.

  • Car tax relief increased

        Bedford County’s supervisors, in a called meeting Monday evening, voted 6-0 to increase the county’s car tax relief from 44 percent to 46.5 percent. District 6 Supervisor John Sharp was absent.
        After the vote, the supervisors held a work session in which Deputy County Administrator Reid Wodicka updated them on the progress of county capital improvement projects and a draft copy of guiding principles for capital improvement planning.

  • New system will help with public safety

        Amherst County, Bedford County and the city of Lynchburg have launched a new public safety communications system, offering extended coverage and the ability to communicate with other localities during emergency or other public safety incidents.

  • Hales Ford Bridge repairs to begin

        Repairs to the Hales Ford Bridge on Route 122 (Booker T. Washington Highway) are set to begin next week and will impact traffic until the end of the year. The bridge is located on the Bedford/Franklin County line in the area of Bridgewater Plaza.
        Beginning September 6, the bridge will be reduced to one lane and a temporary signal will be in place allowing traffic to alternate crossing the bridge. This traffic pattern will remain in place through December 2017 or until bridge deck overlay on the bridge is complete, weather permitting.

  • It’s official

        Last week’s Bedford Town Council meeting ended with a closed session.

        When councilmen came out of the closed session, they unanimously voted to appoint Bart Warner as town manager. Warner,  who had served as deputy town  manager under Charles Kolakowski, has served as acting town manager since Kolakowski resigned in late April.

  • It runs in the family

        Monday was Shemia Ferguson’s first day on the job as the Bedford Police Department’s administrative assistant.

        She replaces the late Cynthia Hedrick who held the post for nearly 20 years. Hedrick succumbed to cancer two months ago.
        Ferguson is a 2013 Liberty University (LU) graduate with a degree in criminal justice. A Bedford native, she was born in the Bunker Hill area of the county, grew up in Bedford and graduated from Liberty High School.

  • Moneta Park work day

        Thanks to a Lowe’s Hero’s grant, Moneta Park will get some upgrades.
        According to Wyatt Woody, the county’s director of parks and recreation, the Lowe’s grant consists of $1,800 worth of material. He’s scheduled a volunteer work day this Saturday to do the upgrades.
        The dugouts at the ball field will get covers.
        “There’s not a whole lot of shade out there on the ball fields,” Woody said.

  • AG meets with Boys with a Dream; holds roundtable with area officials

        Attorney General Mark Herring took time to talk with Boys With a Dream when he stopped by Bedford for a round table on opioid abuse,