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Government

  • Town Council starts budget process

    Bedford Town Council began the process of developing the town budget, last week, by looking at non-governmental agency requests.

        The Bedford area Chamber of Commerce is asking for $5,000 this year, up from the $3,000 it got last year.
        “They do a lot of promotion for the town,” Councilman Stacey Hailey commented.

  • Bansley launches campaign for District 3 seat

        Advocating for responsible government spending, low taxes, school choice, property rights, and religious liberty, local realtor and adjunct professor Charla Bansley will officially announce her candidacy to represent District 3 on the Bedford County Board of Supervisors on March 12 at 12:30 p.m. at the Forest Recreation Center, 1088 Rustic Village Road.
        The District 3 seat is currently held by Steve Wilkerson, who has said he plans to run for re-election.

  • Board OK’s funds for heating, cooling loop

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors voted Monday night to allow the school board to use $712,000 of the money borrowed to finance construction of a new middle school and competition gym to replace the heating and cooling loop at Liberty High School (LHS).

  • School board adopts preliminary budget

        The Bedford County School Board unanimously adopted its preliminary budget last week.
        This preliminary budget will be presented to the board of supervisors at a 5 p.m. work session on March 6. The meeting will be held in the supervisors’ meeting chamber on the third floor of the County Administration Building on East Main Street in Bedford.

  • Fortune telling in future as a Bedford business?

        Fortune tellers are prohibited under a current town ordinance, but that will soon change. Assistant Town Manager Bart Warner presented his recommendations to Bedford Town Council last week.
        Warner said the town’s planning commission recommended changing the town’s zoning ordinance at the same time Council repeals the fortune teller ban. The zoning ordinance change would limit the B-2 (General Business District) zones as a conditional use.

  • Dollar General rezoning request denied

        A proposal to build a Dollar General store on Va. 24, across the highway from Staunton River High School, drew major opposition when the rezoning request, necessary for the construction of the store, came before the Bedford County Board of Supervisors Monday night.
        A large number of neighbors opposed it. The planning commission opposed it. County planning staff opposed it. The county school division opposed it. In the end, five of seven supervisors opposed it.

  • Bedford Central Library acquires 3D printer

    By Emily Scruggs

    Intern Writer
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        A move to Thailand landed Bedford Central Library a 3D printer.
        This isn’t your normal printer.
        According to Youth Service Librarian, Lauren Harper, the library had been interested in purchasing a 3D printer for quite some time. Around the end of July, 2016, friends of Harper’s moved to Thailand,  and the library was fortunate enough to purchase their 3D printer for about half of the retail price.

  • Council to hold public hearing on fortune telling regs

        Town Council is looking at lifting a ban on fortune tellers.
        At the request of David Guy, who wants to open a fortune telling business, Assistant Town Manager Bart Warner made a presentation to Council, noting that repealing this ban is something town staff had previously recommended. He said the repeal will require a public hearing.
        Warner recommended that fortune telling be a commercial use, “which will keep it out of residential [areas].”

  • Board opposes bill on broadband

        Monday night’s regular Bedford County Board of Supervisors meeting included a presentation by Brian McCrodden on the status of a potential Amtrak stop in Bedford.
        McCrodden was speaking on behalf of the local Rail Initiative group. The group, of which McCrodden is a member, includes  elected   officials   from Bedford, Bedford County and Franklin County, as well as staff from these localities.
        “We don’t think Amtrak is going to be a big player,” McCrodden said.

  • Hostutler to seek District 4 BOS seat

        Long-time Bedford County School Board member Gary Hostutler has thrown his hat in the ring for a seat on the Board of Supervisors.

        “I think it’s time for a change,” Hostutler said. “We need someone to move this county forward. We’re very stalled.”
        Hostutler announced this week that he would be seeking the District 4 seat in the November 2017 election. He plans to have his name on the ballot for the Republican primary for the seat on June 13.