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Government

  • Bedford Police join White House initiative for open data

        The Bedford Police Department is participating in an Open Data Initiative sponsored by the White House in an effort to help law enforcement be more transparent to the public.
        Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman, Assistant Town Manager Bart Warner and IT specialist  Christie Crouch attended a one-day seminar last month in Washington D.C. at the White House as part of joining that initiative.

  • S-curves may get VDOT funding

    Aubrey Layne, Virginia’s Secretary of Transportation, dropped by the Welcome Center with some good news. The S-curves on U. S. 460 may get realigned. These two sets of curves have been the scene of a number accidents and have proven fatal to truckers if their load shifts while negotiating them.

  • Board adopts revised school budget

        School budget issues were a major feature of Monday night’s board of supervisors meeting.

        School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler came before the supervisors to ask for $2 million in one time funding. His request covered eight items.
        Hostutler asked for money to fund a new central office phone system at a cost of $17,000.  He also asked for $50,000 for school security. He said this would finish the job of providing a controlled entrance at all schools, requiring visitors to be buzzed in.

  • Town meals tax going up

        Bedford Town Council adopted a budget last week that contains a hike in the meals tax rate. However, the transient occupancy tax rate will stay where it is.

  • County budget passes

        Bedford County now has a budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
        The budget, which calls for $94 million in general fund expenditures, passed on a 4-3 vote with District 1 Supervisor Bill Thomasson, District 4 Supervisor John Sharp, District 5 Supervisor Tommy Scott and Board Chairman Steve Wilkerson voting in favor. District 2 Supervisor Curry Martin, District 6 Supervisor Andy Dooley and District 7 Supervisor Kevin Willis cast the dissenting votes.

  • Farmer’s Market season begins

        The Bedford Farmer’s Market is alive and growing.

  • Town to increase base electric charge

        Although electric usage rates will stay the same for town electric customers, the monthly base rates they pay are going up, effective July 1.
        The monthly customer charge will rise from the current $13.28 to $20. The electric department has 5,680 customers and this increase will generate $458,000 in additional revenue.

  • Bedford FD members take course to use UAS

        A year ago the Bedford Fire Department made national headlines when it used an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)—more commonly known as a drone—to help locate a lost hiker on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

  • Chamber members briefed on General Assembly session

        A portion of the Bedford area’s General Assembly delegation, Senator Steve Newman, Delegate Scott Garrett and Delegate Terry Austin, addressed a Chamber of Commerce breakfast gathering Thursday morning.

        “We’re all still missing Lacey Putney,” commented Newman.

  • Board hears from public on budget

        Bedford Science and Technology Center’s Susie Gibson Auditorium was almost empty when the supervisors held a public hearing on the budget Monday evening.
        “We had 22 requests for new positions,” said Board Chairman Steve Wilkerson. “We funded six.” He added that the board funded a third of the school board’s request.