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Government

  • 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.

  • Developers discuss proposals for BMS, Old Yellow properties

        While it’s not yet clear what route Bedford Town Council will take in selecting a developer for the Bedford Middle School property in town, it is apparent there is a lot of support for seeing that property, which also includes Old Yellow, utilized to improve the town’s growth.
        Two developers outlined their proposals for the property’s future at a public gathering held Thursday in the council chambers.

  • Shopping with a Cop

        The safest place in Bedford Saturday morning had to be the Bedford Walmart, according to Store Manager Chris Forbes.

  • Thaxton Elementary sold

        On Monday, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors approved the sale of Thaxton Elementary School, and most of the land it is on, to Monumental Iron Works, a Lynchburg metal fabricating business, for $150,000.

  • Thaxton Elementary sold

        On Monday, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors approved the sale of Thaxton Elementary School, and most of the land it is on, to Monumental Iron Works, a Lynchburg metal fabricating business, for $150,000.

  • Town hires economic development coordinator

        Mary Zirkle has accepted an offer of employment to become the Economic Develop-ment Coordinator for the town of Bedford. 
         Zirkle has been serving as town manager of Buchanan for the past three years.  She also has extensive administrative experience in planning and community development gained through her previous employment with Roanoke and Bedford counties as well as Hill Studio. 

  • County has buyer for Thaxton school

        “Vacant school buildings usually don’t end well,” commented County Administrator Carl Boggess.
        That’s not going to be the case with the Thaxton Elementary School building. Monumental Iron Works, a Lynchburg metal fabricating business, has offered to buy 6.5 acres of the property, including the school building. Boggess said the school is structurally sound. It has been vacant since the school closed at the end of the 2015 school year.

  • Town employees to get bonus

        Last week, Bedford Town Council voted to hold a public hearing on a proposal by American National Bank to refinance up to $12 million in electric department and landfill bonds. The public hearing will be held on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.
        The vote was a 5-0 vote. Councilman Bruce Johannessen was absent. Councilman Tim Black abstained because his employer, Union First Market Bank, was one of the banks that submitted a proposal for the refinancing.