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Government

  • Water turned back on at Army Reserve Center

        Army reservists arriving at Bedford’s Army Reserve Center nearly spent a weekend making do without water from the Bedford Regional Water Authority.
        The Water Authority had disconnected the Reserve Center last week because of non-payment of its last bill. Water service was reconnected before the reservists arrived because Bedford Mayor Bob Wandrei personally paid the Reserve Center’s past due amount of $1,259.42.

  • Board sets limit for school, gym

        The board of supervisors authorized, Monday night, spending $38 million to build a new middle school in the Liberty attendance zone as well as a competitive gym for Liberty High School.

  • Students explore art in county program

        Bedford County’s Parks and Rec department held its first art camp last week.

        The day camp, held at the Forest Recreation Center, drew 22 children. This camp was for children ages 5 to 10. One for older children is being held this week.
        Jenn Fitzgerald, an elementary school art teacher from Campbell County, was the instructor.
        “I had worked with her previously,” said  Stuart  Saunders, the  program coordinator for Bedford County Parks and Rec.

  • Supervisors authorize controversial project

        The county supervisors voted 4-3, Monday night, to approve a special use permit for a commercial wedding venue in the Goode area.

        The commercial wedding venue will be on Glass Hill Road, a half-mile from its intersection with Otterville Road. Events will be held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Outdoor music will end at 10 p.m., an hour before the county’s noise ordinance takes effect. Events will be limited to 200 people and a water truck will be used to control dust on the gravel road.

  • Dumpsters to be removed from town landfill

        Dumpsters will no longer be available for use at the Bedford Landfill off Orange Street beginning July 1.
        Residents will still be able to utilize the landfill by going through the scales during regular business hours.
        Bedford Town Manager Charles Kolakowski also said area residents may use the dumpster facilities operated by the county in the area – including at Falling Creek, Route 43 near Northside Supply and in Goode.

  • Town has its say

        Back when Lacey Putney was first elected to the House of Delegates, the winner of the Democratic Primary was also the winner of the November election. Putney was first elected by unseating the incumbent delegate, Charles Green, in a Democratic Party primary in 1961.
        Now, at least in Bedford County, the winner of the Republican primary is also the winner of the November election.

  • Location for Bedford passenger rail station selected by group

        The Bedford-Franklin Regional Rail Committee Rail Liaison Committee has settled on a site for a rail passenger station in Bedford. Last week, Brian McCrodden, a member of the committee, briefed Bedford Town Council.

  • Sheriff lauds citizens who help deputy

        Bedford County Deputy Sonny Daniels got a big assist last Wednesday from area residents in his pursuit, and eventual arrest, of 22-year-old Ryan D. Ellis of Forest.

        One of those residents, Randy Willis, was thanked personally by Daniels and Sheriff Mike Brown during a brief ceremony held Thursday at Trio’s Pizza in Forest, where Ellis was eventually arrested.

  • BPD adds new officers

        Two newly hired officers for the Bedford Police Department were touching base with the community Saturday afternoon at the 3-on-3 basketball tournament held at Edmund Street Park.

        This week, they left for training at the Cardinal Criminal Justice Academy in Salem.
        Chevon Thompson and Daniel Willis attended Saturday’s event and began working on the community policing initiative that Bedford Police Chief Todd Foreman is stressing for the department.

  • Dooley and Willis unseat Pollard and Parker

        Back when Lacey Putney was first elected to the House of Delegates, the winner of the Democratic Primary was also the winner of the November election. Putney was first elected by unseating the incumbent delegate, Charles Green, in a Democratic Party primary in 1961.
        Now, at least in Bedford County, the winner of the Republican primary, is also the winner of the November election.