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Government

  • County has buyer for Thaxton school

        “Vacant school buildings usually don’t end well,” commented County Administrator Carl Boggess.
        That’s not going to be the case with the Thaxton Elementary School building. Monumental Iron Works, a Lynchburg metal fabricating business, has offered to buy 6.5 acres of the property, including the school building. Boggess said the school is structurally sound. It has been vacant since the school closed at the end of the 2015 school year.

  • Town hires economic development coordinator

        Mary Zirkle has accepted an offer of employment to become the Economic Develop-ment Coordinator for the town of Bedford. 
         Zirkle has been serving as town manager of Buchanan for the past three years.  She also has extensive administrative experience in planning and community development gained through her previous employment with Roanoke and Bedford counties as well as Hill Studio. 

  • Town employees to get bonus

        Last week, Bedford Town Council voted to hold a public hearing on a proposal by American National Bank to refinance up to $12 million in electric department and landfill bonds. The public hearing will be held on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.
        The vote was a 5-0 vote. Councilman Bruce Johannessen was absent. Councilman Tim Black abstained because his employer, Union First Market Bank, was one of the banks that submitted a proposal for the refinancing.

  • Sheriff’s Office receives accreditation award

        Monday night, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted to table action on changes to the zoning ordinance concerning short term rentals. The changes would extend regulations already in place in the Smith Mountain Lake area to the entire county.

  • What to do with BMS, Old Yellow?

        Bedford has received three proposals on what can be done with Bedford Middle School after it is replaced by Liberty Middle School, due to open its doors next August.

        Two of the proposals also included utilizing “Old Yellow.”

  • Carson appointed to serve on Town Council

        Bedford Town Council appointed Bob Carson to fill Jim Vest’s unexpired term when it met last week. Carson had served on Council before, prior to choosing not to run for reelection last year. Prior to the action, people seeking the appointment had a chance to speak before Council.
        “There are a lot of good things going on in this community,” Carson said.
        He also said people, even if they gripe, like the town.

  • Tuck, Hill win local races

        Voters in two Bedford County districts, District 2 and District 4, had a choice in local elections when they went to the polls Tuesday. Most selected Edgar Tuck, for District 2 Supervisor, and Marcus Hill, for District 4 School Board member.

  • Boards plan for CIP

    The Bedford County Board of Supervisors and the School Board met, Thursday night, to listen to a presentation from Dr. Reid Wodicka, assistant county administrator,  on capital improvement plan (CIP) options.
        “We think it’s important that we be as comprehensive as possible,” Dr. Wodicka said.

  • Contested elections help turnout

        Contested local elections in District 2 and District 4 may be driving voter turnout. Some of the highest percentages of voter turnout were coming in precincts in those districts as of around noon Tuesday. For full election results see www.bedfordbulletin.com on Wednesday.

  • Tuck, Hill win local seats

    Voters in two Bedford County districts, District 2 and District 4, had a choice in local elections when they went to the polls Tuesday. Most selected Edgar Tuck, for District 2 Supervisor, and Marcus Hill, for District 4 School Board member.

    Tuck, running as an independent, defeated Brian O'Connor, a Republican, and Fred Sylvester, a Democrat. Tuck received 2,040, accounting for 56 percent of all votes cast. O'Conner got 27 percent of the vote, a total of 972 votes. Sylvester received 17 percent of the vote for a total of 599 votes.