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Government

  • Board hears from public on budget

        Bedford Science and Technology Center’s Susie Gibson Auditorium was almost empty when the supervisors held a public hearing on the budget Monday evening.
        “We had 22 requests for new positions,” said Board Chairman Steve Wilkerson. “We funded six.” He added that the board funded a third of the school board’s request.

  • Work would cost $2.7M to improve hydroelectric plant’s efficiency

        Bedford’s Snowden hydroelectric plant has been generating electricity on the James River for 106 years. And it’s showing its age.

        Major upgrades needed over the next several years could cost $2.7 million.

  • Town not planning property tax hike

        Bedford Town Manager Charles Kolakowski has prepared a proposed budget, for Town Council approval, that calls for $9 million in general fund expenditures. This is a $600,000 increase over the current fiscal year budget.
        It also has calls for a $986,000 solid waste fund and a $23 million electric fund. Both of these are enterprise funds and funded by user fees, rather than tax money.

  • Bedford County Sheriff's Office loses top investigator, friend

        The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office lost one of its best investigators when cancer claimed Lt. Darryl Saunders last week. Saunders was lieutenant of the criminal investigations unit.

        “It left a big hole over here,” commented Major Ricky Gardner. “I’ve been here 30 years and he was here 28 years.”
        Saunders held a number of positions over the years, including road deputy and canine officer.

  • Residents sound off on road concerns to board

        Monday night’s Bedford County Board of Supervisors meeting included a public hearing on the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) six year secondary road plan for 2017 through 2022. Residents  living on Pike Road and Angel Place came to ask that these gravel roads be paved.

  • Town to hold public meeting on comp plan

        A public meeting has been scheduled to present information and to solicit input regarding the town of Bedford’s revision of its Comprehensive Plan. 

  • Schools to get $1M more from county

        School board chairman Gary Hostutler asked the board of supervisors for $3.45 million in additional school funding during a joint work session Monday evening. He didn’t get it, but the supervisors will provide a little more than $1 million in additional local funds for the next fiscal year.

  • It's official: Krantz will be next judge

        Randy Krantz was in Wednesday night Bible Study when he got the call – he had officially been selected as the next 24th General District Judge.

        Two days before the current Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney had been in  Richmond  meeting  with  a  joint committee of the House and Senate on the judicial appointment to replace retiring Judge Harold Black. The local legislative delegation had placed their support behind him for the appointment.

  • Nance to seek nomination for commonwealth’s attorney

        Stating he wants to build upon the legacy of his predecessor, Bedford Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance has announced his candidacy for the position of commonwealth’s attorney.

        Nance will be seeking the Republican nomination to fill the vacancy being left by current Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz, who has been selected as the next 24th General District Judge, replacing the retiring Judge Harold Black.

  • Supervisors approve easement for airsoft range

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an easement that will allow Roanoke Airsoft to continue development of an airsoft range on Rucker Road, next to Moneta Park.
        Airsoft is a sport in which participants eliminate opponents by hitting each other with soft pellets using airsoft guns.