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Government

  • 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.

  • Planning commission gives OK to middle school plan

    present, the Bedford County Planning Commission voted, last week, 5-0 to recommend approval of the special use permit necessary for construction of the county’s new middle school on a parcel adjacent to Liberty High School (LHS).

  • Board looks at county buildings

    Three buildings owned by Bedford County — the old county nursing home building, the Burks-Scott Building and the County Administration Building — were the center of attention at a long Bedford County Board of Supervisors work session held Monday night.

  • Hiring tourism director put on hold

        “We need a marketing plan, we need a direction, we need a vision on how we are going to sell Bedford County Administrator Carl Boggess told a gathering of tourism stakeholders at a Thursday morning meeting at the Welcome Center.
        Boggess told the group that his recommendation will be to develop a marketing plan before hiring a new tourism director.

  • Town’s enterprise zone expanded

        Bedford is expanding its enterprise zone from its current 240 acres to 636 acres. According to Bart Warner, the assistant town manager, doing this will open the possibility for more state grants. Warner said the state allows a locality to activate up to 640 acres.