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Government

  • Vest says goodbye

        Last week was Councilman Jim Vest’s last meeting. Vest stepped down from Council because he is moving to Lynchburg. It puts him closer to his grandchildren who live in Altavista. He and his wife share baby siting duty with his grandchildren’s other set of grandparents while the children’s mother works.

  • UDA proposal draws opposition

        A concept for urban development areas (UDA) in the Forest and New London area drew a larger than expected crowd to a meeting at the Forest Library, Thursday night.

         Approximately 100 people, most of whom opposed the plan, filled a room that was too small for a gathering of that size.
        “We want to direct growth,” said Gregg Zody, the county’s director of community development before the meeting.

  • Vest to step down from Town Council

        Jim Vest is resigning from Council,  Town Manager Bart Warner said, Tuesday, in a phone interview.
        According to Warner, Vest and his wife are moving to Lynchburg to be closer to grandchildren. He said Vest will officially resign at Council’s Oct. 10 meeting.
        “Selfishly, I’m sad to see him go,” Warner said.
        Vest was noted for his budgetary expertise on Council.

  • Shentel gets franchise agreement

        Bedford Town Council voted 6-0 to grant Shentel a non-exclusive franchise agreement to provide Internet service in the town. Councilman Stacey Hailey was absent.
        The agreement sets a minimum population density of 30 people per linear mile for service. Town Manager Bart Warner said this won’t be an issue anywhere in Bedford because the town’s population density is between 70 and 100 people per linear mile.

  • Car tax relief increased

        Bedford County’s supervisors, in a called meeting Monday evening, voted 6-0 to increase the county’s car tax relief from 44 percent to 46.5 percent. District 6 Supervisor John Sharp was absent.
        After the vote, the supervisors held a work session in which Deputy County Administrator Reid Wodicka updated them on the progress of county capital improvement projects and a draft copy of guiding principles for capital improvement planning.

  • Tuck is running as an independent

        Edgar Tuck, a lifelong county resident, is seeking the District 2 Supervisor’s seat as an independent.

        He, his father, Billy Tuck, and his brothers own a farm that raises Angus cattle — they have 240 head of cattle on the farm, which  is  under a conservation easement.

  • Sylvester is running as a Democrat

        Fred Sylvester, who is running for the District 2 supervisor seat, has a varied background.

        He started out as a West Virginia state trooper and moved to Virginia to work as a criminal investigator for the Commonwealth.

  • O’Connor is running as a Republican

        Brian O’Connor is running as a Republican for the District 2 supervisor seat that Curry Martin is vacating when his term expires at the end of this month. Martin recruited him to run and feels that O’Connor’s approach to government is much like his.

  • Hales Ford Bridge repairs to begin

        Repairs to the Hales Ford Bridge on Route 122 (Booker T. Washington Highway) are set to begin next week and will impact traffic until the end of the year. The bridge is located on the Bedford/Franklin County line in the area of Bridgewater Plaza.
        Beginning September 6, the bridge will be reduced to one lane and a temporary signal will be in place allowing traffic to alternate crossing the bridge. This traffic pattern will remain in place through December 2017 or until bridge deck overlay on the bridge is complete, weather permitting.

  • New system will help with public safety

        Amherst County, Bedford County and the city of Lynchburg have launched a new public safety communications system, offering extended coverage and the ability to communicate with other localities during emergency or other public safety incidents.