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Government

  • 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 INVESTIGATING FATAL BEDFORD COUNTY CRASH

    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.

  • Special election will be held to fill county treasurer’s position

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution, Monday night, to hold a special election to fill the unexpired term of County Treasurer Becky Jones. Jones has announced that she will retire in March. Her current term expires at the end of 2019.

  • Board chooses new chairman

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors held their first meeting of the year last week. The meeting, originally scheduled for Jan. 8 was postponed to Jan. 9 due to treacherous conditions caused by rain falling on roads that were still well below freezing.
        Each year, the supervisors unanimously choose a new chairman and vice chairman for the coming year. This year, District 1 Supervisor Bill Thomasson was elected chairman and District 5 Supervisor Tommy   Scott was elected vice chairman.

  • Low Lake levels lead to call to conserve water

        The Bedford Regional Water authority is asking some of its customers to curtail any unnecessary water usage.
        According to Brian Key, the water authority’s regional director, unnecessary water usage involves filling swimming pools, watering grass and washing cars. Obviously, nobody is going to be filling a swimming pool in January, but the warmer temperatures this week may induce some people to wash their car in the driveway.    

  • Bedford gets national applause for it’s budget

        A local government’s budget may sound like a dreary subject, but it’s important. The budget descrbeds how the money you pay in taxes will be spent.

  • A good year for the tourism department

        According to Nicole Johnson, 2017 was a good year for the tourism department. The new year marks the beginning of her second year as the county’s director of tourism.

  • Town to refinance bonds

        Bedford Town Council wrapped up its last meeting of 2017 by unanimously voting to refinance the town’s debt.
        The new bonds will carry a lower interest rate and save the town money on debt service. According to Town Manager Bart Warner, he expects the town to be debt free by 2026.
        “Once we get out to debt, we never intend to go into it again,” he said.