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Government

  • 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.

  • Nance sworn in

    “I’ve very much enjoyed working with Wes,” commented Circuit Court Judge James Updike. “He is a very hard worker, conscientious, always respectful. Wes is always prepared.”

        Judge Updike had these words to say about Wes Nance before swearing him in as Bedford County’s commonwealth’s attorney.

  • Council may get computers

        The town of Bedford is looking into buying computers — either laptop or tablet computers — for councilmen to use. Christie Crouch, the town’s technology manager, briefed Town Council on the project last week.

  • County looking for new tourism director

        Jerry Craig is no longer director of tourism.    
        Craig left the position nearly two months ago and a call to the Welcome Center  earlier this month confirmed that he was no longer director of tourism, but no one, there, could say why he left.
        The county has not sent out any news releases on the director of tourism vacancy. Calls to County Attorney Carl Boggess seeking comment were not returned.

  • Action affects short-term rentals

        Nobody spoke at a public hearing on zoning ordinance text amendments proposed by the Bedford County Planning Commission, but some supervisors had plenty to say.
        One item is a text amendment that requires owners of short term rental properties that are within 500 feet of the 795-foot elevation contour, and have private septic tanks, to have their septic tanks pumped out, or inspected, at least once every five years. This is a provision that was deleted two years ago.