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Government

  • 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.

  • Council sets new power cost adjustment

        Bedford Town Council adopted a new power cost adjustment (PCA) that will be used for calculating town electric bills starting Feb. 1.

  • The valve is truned: the water is flowing

    Town and county officials, along with members of the Bedford Regional Water Authority’s board of directors, held a valve turning ceremony just off Va. 43, across Smith Street from Calvary Baptist Church, Thursday afternoon.

        The ceremony was like a combination grand opening and ground breaking. There was a ribbon cutting and then representatives of the county, the town, and the Water Authority used  a T-handled wrench, painted gold, to open the valve.

  • New council members sworn in

    Bedford’s Town Council had its organizational meeting on the first Tuesday of the month after newly elected council members took their oath of office. Bruce Johannessen and Bryan Schley took the oath for the first time.