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Government

  • The valve is truned: the water is flowing

    Town and county officials, along with members of the Bedford Regional Water Authority’s board of directors, held a valve turning ceremony just off Va. 43, across Smith Street from Calvary Baptist Church, Thursday afternoon.

        The ceremony was like a combination grand opening and ground breaking. There was a ribbon cutting and then representatives of the county, the town, and the Water Authority used  a T-handled wrench, painted gold, to open the valve.

  • New council members sworn in

    Bedford’s Town Council had its organizational meeting on the first Tuesday of the month after newly elected council members took their oath of office. Bruce Johannessen and Bryan Schley took the oath for the first time.

  • County IT system needs major work

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors met Monday night for its organizational meeting and held the board’s annual changing of the guard by electing a new chairman and vice chairman.
        District 2 Supervisor Curry Martin was elected the chairman of the board for 2017 and Bill Thomasson was chosen as vice chairman.

    IT problems
        The supervisors got a briefing from Robert Floyd, the county’s director of information technology.

  • New waste center opens

        Bedford County officially opened it’s new Stewartsville Waste and Recycling Center on Drewry’s Hill Road, just off Va. 24. The opening took place at 1 p.m., Dec. 19 with some county residents already waiting in line. The old dumpster site, located farther down Drewry’s Hill Road, was closed at the same time.

        According to District 1 Supervisor Bill Thomasson, the Stewartsville dumpster site is the second busiest waste disposal site in Bedford County.

  • Council denies Elks request

        Bedford’s Elks lodge won’t get a tax exemption. Town Council voted against the lodge’s request by a 5-1 margin. Councilman Beckham Stanley was absent.
        “I am fully aware of the good works of the Elks,” commented Bedford Mayor Bob Wandrei.
        However, Wandrei said it’s important for all to pay their fair share of taxes.
        “I cannot support this ordinance,” Wandrei said of the ordinance that would have granted the tax exemption.

  • Local resident to lead tourism effort

    Bedford County Administrator Carl Boggess, announced Monday that Nicole (Shackelford) Johnson, associate director for development and marketing at the National D-Day Memorial, has been named the new director of  tourism for Bedford County.

  • Assisted Living Facility gets OK from supervisors

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors dealt with several items, Monday night, during the group’s last meeting of 2016.

  • Council considers tax exempt request

        A public hearing on a request by Bedford’s Elks Lodge for real estate tax exempt status drew only one speaker. Tim Childress, a member of the Lodge who spoke in favor of it.
        Childress said the Lodge’s directors are not paid and no money goes to any members and the Lodge does not attempt to influence legislation.
        “The tax is significant to the the Lodge but is negligible to the town,” Childress said.

  • Supervisors grant pay raises

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted pay raises for full time and part time county employees, effective Dec. 1.
        The raises are the result of a salary study that indicated that Bedford County salaries are substantially lower than those paid by surrounding localities. It will cost $900,000 to implement the pay raises for the rest of the current fiscal year, which will end on June 30.
        The raises range from 2 percent to 32 percent, depending on how a position ranked in the study.

  • Carson, Stanley move on from council

        When Bedford Town Council convenes for the first time next year, two men will no longer occupy one of the hot seats.

        Robert Carson and Beckham Stanley chose not to run and newcomers Bruce Johannessen and Bryan Schley picked up the vacant seats.
        Carson, who served on Council for four years, said he tends to be his own worst critic.
        “I just didn’t feel very effective,” he said.