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Government

  • Herring in town on Tueday

        Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring will be holding a roundtable discussion in Bedford Tuesday with members of law enforcement, medical professionals, and community leaders on the heroin and opioid epidemic.
        The event will be held at the Bedford Area Welcome Center on Tuesday, July 18 at 9 a.m.

  • 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.

  • Town saves big bucks

        This call was well worth the dime -- or whatever it takes now-a-days to make a call.

        The town of Bedford recently experienced a malfunction of vital equipment at its Snowden hydroelectric plant on the James River.  A component known as a speed increaser failed. 
        And it wasn’t a cheap fix.

  • Bedford PD adds new lieutenant

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

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Sharp to seek re-election to District 4 seat on Board of Supervisors

        John Sharp was first elected to the District 4 Board of Supervisor’s seat in 2005 when he defeated the incumbent, Robert Bashore, in a Republican primary.
        This year, Sharp is being challenged for the Republican  nomination in a June 13 primary. Although Bashore went on to wage a write-in campaign against Sharp, in 2005, Sharp won the general election in November. The winner of this year’s Republican primary will also probably be the winner of the November general 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. 

  • Garrett faces tough crowd at town hall

        Fifth District Congressman Tom Garrett held a town hall meeting at EastLake Community Church. EastLake had agreed to host the town hall as it is the only facility in that area large enough to hold the anticipated crowd.