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Government

  • 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.

  • Solar Power farm coming to Bedford

        The town of Bedford intends to enter into a solar franchise agreement with the North Carolina-based solar developer O2 emc to construct a utility scale solar farm within the town.
        The facility will be located off Draper Road adjacent to the old town landfill and will occupy approximately 20 acres.  O2 will lease the land from the town. 

  • Council doesn’t chicken out

        Bedford residents living in low density residential areas (R1) will now be able to keep chickens in their backyard.
        According to Assistant Town Manager Bart Warner, the new ordinance is based on the ordinances that Roanoke and Salem have and no roosters are allowed.
        Enforcement will  be complaint driving. Council adopted the ordinance by a 5-0 vote with Councilmen Beckham Stanley and Jim Vest absent.

  • Election drew high voter turnout

        Election day appeared to be drawing a heavy voter turnout. According to County Registrar Barbara Gunter, most precincts had recorded a 50 percent voter turnout by 3 p.m.  She noted that this is a high turnout.

        For complete results of Tuesday’s election visit www.bedfordbulletin.com Wednesday or see next week’s paper.

  • Few minorities work in local law enforcement

        Captain Timothy Hayden of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office remembers well one of his first assignments as a new deputy for the county.

        There had been a robbery at a bank near the intersection of Route 24 and Va. 122 and the suspect had fled into the woods. Hayden, who had yet to go through the Police Academy, was given a shotgun and told to wait in the woods in case the suspect came back that way.