• Forum showcases council candidates

        The public got a chance, Thursday evening, to hear all five candidates who are vying for the four open seats on Bedford Town Council answer questions.

        The event was a candidate forum sponsored by the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce. Each candidate had time to introduce themselves. Then, they answered questions submitted in writing. No obscenities or personal attacks were permitted.

  • Council looks at solar power

        Bedford is planning to apply for Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) revenue sharing funds to build some additional sidewalks in town—and is also looking for someone willing to build a solar farm on town property.
        Last Tuesday Wayne Hale, the town’s engineering services manager, briefed Council on areas that need attention.

  • Dittmar seeks 5th seat

        Jane Dittmar, the 5th District Democrats’ nominee for the 5th District House of Representatives seat being vacated by Congressman Robert Hurt, stopped by local Democratic headquarters in Bedford, Friday.

  • School Board looks for options on baseball field for LHS

    School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler spoke to Town Council last week, during the work session that preceded the regular 7 p.m meeting,  asking for improvements to the ball field at Liberty Lake Park that would allow the Liberty High School (LHS) baseball team to use it as a practice field.
        Hostutler said that the Liberty Lake ball field is a Plan B option. 
        “The ideal scenario is [for the baseball team] to play the 2017 season at  its current field and the 2018 season at the new field,” he said.

  • 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.

  • 5 vie for 4 council seat

        Bedford has had a lot of Town Council elections recently.
        First, people elected the first town council, which took office when the city reverted to town status. That was followed by another election because of the number of new residents taken into the town through an annexation that was part of the town’s reversion agreement with the county.

  • Rezoning request tabled

        A request by a developer to have a track of land rezoned from General Business District (B-2) to High Density Residential (R-3) was tabled by the Bedford Planning Commission Thursday.
        The property in question is currently known as Billie Leighs Court. It was formerly known as Whispering Pines. The site has 97 lots, with sewer and water hookups. Only 27 currently have mobile homes on them.

  • Homeless shelter added to town zoning

        Last week, Bedford Town Council adopted an amendment to town zoning that allows emergency homeless shelters as a permitted use in B1 business districts.
        The Rev. Josh Bell, pastor of Grace Ministries, addressed Council before the vote. Grace Ministries is a church that operates a homeless shelter, called Grace House, in the Six C’s Shopping Center in Bedford.

  • Grace House protests proposed zoning change

        The public comment portion of Bedford Town Council rarely has speakers, but last week’s Council meeting was an exception.
        The Rev. Joshua Ball, pastor of Grace Ministries, is worried that new language being added to the town’s zoning ordinance to permit emergency homeless shelters in business areas will actually hurt the homeless shelter  he operates. He and several of the residents came to speak about the shelter’s importance.

  • How, who will handle tourism?

        Reid Wodicka, the new assistant county administrator, talked to the supervisors about tourism during a 5 p.m. work session Monday evening.
        Wodicka said the tourism director’s position has been vacant since May. He said the tourism director’s job description focuses heavily on managing the Welcome Center and this may no longer be appropriate. He also said county staff needs direction from the supervisors concerning the tourism program.