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Government

  • Three vying for GOP nod debate at LU

        Three candidates for the Republican nomination for Senate, E. W. Jackson, Nick Freitas  and Corey Stewart, met in a live televised debate at Liberty University Thursday night.

        It was initially a polite debate with all three candidates agreeing on a number of questions.
        All three    disliked    the budget bill that was passed by Congress last month.

  • No name change for road

        A street won’t be renamed following a public hearing Monday on the request.
        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing, during its regular session, on a petition by Cynthia Chamberland to rename the street she lives on, in Gillfield Village, from Laura’s Home Place to Promise Way.

  • County set to adopt budget

        The General Assembly still has not adopted a new state budget. Bedford County, however, will have a budget after May 14, regardless of whether state legislators have finished their work by then.

  • Customers to be offered renewable energy subscription program

        Bedford Town Council voted 4-2 to accept a recommendation by John Wagner, the director of the town’s electric department, to offer a renewable energy subscription program. Mayor Robert Wandrei and Councilman Bruce Johannessen cast the dissenting votes.
        The program will be available to town electric customers on a voluntary basis. According to a document provided to Council’s electric committee a week earlier, two renewable energy options will be available.

  • County tax rates to stay the same

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing, Monday night on the county’s budget and proposed tax rates. Nobody spoke at either hearing. The hearing was held in the supervisors regular meeting chamber and was sparsely attended.
        “This is a flat tax rate,” County Administrator Carl Boggess said.
        All tax rates remained that same as they are for the current fiscal year. The supervisors unanimously adopted these tax rates.

  • Town set to raise trash fee

        Bedford Town Council held a public hearing on its proposed town budget, last week, before a virtually empty meeting chamber. Nobody spoke during the public hearing.
        The only person who spoke during the evening was Bruce Hartwick, who spoke at a public hearing on Council’s proposal to raise the fee for trash collection   by   $2   per  month.
        “I believe it would be a horrible idea to raise fees right now,” Hartwick said.

  • Warner visits Bedford

        Senator Mark Warner stopped by Bedford for a town hall at the Welcome Center last Wednesday. The audience consisted of local business men, local government officials and heads of non-profits.

        Warner, a Democrat, spent most of his time in this heavily Republican area taking questions from the floor.
        “This is a chance to try to answer your questions,” Warner told the gathering.

  • Nursing home salaries to increase

    Board of Supervisors had its plate full, Monday night, starting with a 5 p.m. budget work session that preceded a regular 7 p.m. meeting.
        The work session took a look at enterprise funds. These are county operations that are intended to pay for their operations through fees they charge. One of these funds is the county’s nursing home. The nursing home is paid for entirely by fees it charges patients and receives no money from the General Fund.

  • Town council advertises its budget

        Bedford’s Town Council took a last look at the capital improvement funds for the fire department and electrical department last week. Council has advertised a public hearing on the budget to be held on March 27 at 7 p.m. in Council’s meeting chamber in the municipal building.

  • School system not likely to get all it asked for from county

        Dr. Reid Wodicka, Bedford County’s deputy county administrator, unveiled the budget that county staff is recommending at a board of supervisors work session held Monday night. This is the first of a series of work sessions that the supervisors will hold before adopting a budget.
        Dr. Wodicka presented a balanced budget that leaves all tax rates the same as they are now.