• Board looks at outside agency funding

        Every year, both Bedford County and the town of Bedford receive requests from outside agencies for funds.
        The local governments are mandated to comply with some funding requests, such as funding to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail. Bedford County opted some years back to cease operating its own county jail and joined a regional system.
        Others, such as funding to the Lynchburg Juvenile Detention Center, are   contractual obligations.

  • Town Council revisits funding to outside agencies

        During a work session last week, Bedford Town Council briefly revisited funding to outside agencies.
        Late last month, Council had made decisions on the amount of funding the town would give various outside agencies that requested funding. Last week, Councilman Steve Rush, who had been absent at the previous meeting, wanted to revisit the decision.
        Rush called funding outside agencies “political pork” although he had no problem with providing matching funds to support a grant.

  • Town council talks budget

        Bedford Town Council began the work, last week, of developing the town’s budget.
        A major part of the work session discussion was providing town staff with guidance on funding for outside agencies. A number of agencies sent in requests for funding and those asking for an increase in funding  did not get it.
        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce asked for $7,000. Last year, the Chamber got $5,000 and Council chose to give it the same amount this year.

  • Council chooses consultant

        The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulates the transmission and wholesale sale of electricity and natural gas in interstate commerce and regulates the transportation of oil by pipeline in interstate commerce.
        That puts power plants, such as Bedford’s Snowden hydroelectric plant, under its purview. Power plants, like Snowden must be licensed by FERC and periodically relicensed.

  • Garrett files for re-election

        Congressman Tom Garrett has officially filed his paperwork with the 5th District Republican Committee and the Virginia State Board of Elections, making him the first and only candidate in the race for the Republican Nomination thus far.

  • Jackson among those seeking US Senate seat

        E. W. Jackson is seeking the Republican nomination for Senate. Jackson unsuccessfully ran as the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in 2013. He was defeated by Democrat Ralph Northam.

  • Consent agenda item draws ire of some board members

        Items on the Bedford County Board of Supervisors’ consent agenda are normally not controversial.
        The entire block of items normally pass on a consensus although the supervisors can pull an item off to discuss separately. This happened Monday night when the supervisors balked at an item that read “Consideration of a request to compensate Douglas D. Maynard in the amount of $300 for the loss of a calf killed by a dog not his own.”

  • Council OK’s work on hydro plant

        Bedford Town Council faced a decision on what to do at the Snowden hydroelectric plant on the James River. It wasn’t a question of whether a project needed to be done; it was a question of which of two necessary projects needed to be done first.


    Virginia State Police Trooper N. J. Houck is investigating a single vehicle crash which resulted in a fatality. The crash occurred this morning at 6:22 a.m. (Jan 25) on Route 723, one half mile east of Route 43 in Bedford County

  • Pay study streamline’s Bedford’s pay structure

        A pay study done by Corporate Compensation Partners for Bedford could streamline the town’s pay structure, reducing the number of separate pay steps.
        The recommended 20 pay grade structure, with 10 percent between each step, would replace the town’s 27 pay grade structure, which has 5 percent between each step. It also calls for a “merit matrix” with higher increases for high performing employees and lower increases for low performing employees.