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Government

  • Mark Carter promoted to lieutenant

        Jack Jones, the county’s chief of fire and rescue, said the department likes to promote from within. They did that last week when Mark Carter was promoted to lieutenant.

        Carter is a native of Body Camp. He attended Virginia Tech for two years before switching to the Jefferson College of Health Science, graduating with a medical associates degree that qualified him as  a paramedic. He’s both a nationally registered and state certified paramedic.

  • Out of the ‘trailer park’

        Bedford County Fire and Rescue made its official move from what some called “the trailer park” into its new quarters on Sept. 1.

  • Resident asks council to lower taxi rates

        A resident wanting to start a taxi service in town asked Bedford Town Council to consider lowering its rates to make her charges competitive.
        Penny Beard has filed paperwork to have a cab service in town, but told council members at Tuesday’s meeting that the current rates are too high. She asked that rates be changed to be more in line with what Roanoke has in place.

  • County supports rail study

        Bedford County will join other localities to fund a study that may convince the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) to reconsider its decision to not include Bedford as a stop for an Amtrak train that will run between Lynchburg and Roanoke.

  • As year ends, some farewell remarks

        Monday night’s supervisor’s meeting marked the last appearance of four elected officials.        

        Commissioner of the Revenue Faye Eubank’s term of office ends Dec. 31 and she did not seek reelection, ending a 48-year career with Bedford County. She made a final appearance before the supervisors explaining why attempting to do real estate reappraisals in-house, rather than hiring a firm to do them, won’t provide any advantage.

  • They want an Amtrak stop

        The possibility of getting an Amtrak stop in Bedford isn’t dead, but local governing bodies will have to move fast.
        After the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) chose not to include Bedford as a stop for an Amtrak train that will run between Lynchburg and Roanoke, a volunteer group consisting of people from Bedford County and Franklin County got to work and assembled a set of facts that show that the stop would have an economic impact that would reach beyond Bedford, going down into Franklin County.

  • BRWA to hold meeting on project

        Construction on the new Smith Mountain Lake Water Treatment Plant and waterlines is now underway.
        The installation of the raw water pipeline that will run from the Authority’s water intake in the High Point subdivision to the proposed water treatment plant site on Radford Church Road has begun. A few hundred feet have already been installed.

  • Reversing the vote

        Last month, the supervisors voted 5-1, with District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington absent, to reject a special use permit to construct a trash collection site on a three acre property in Stewartsville at the intersection of Va. 24 and Drewrys Hill Road.

  • Election 2015: The results are in

        This year’s state and local election, held on a sunny day with mild temperatures, brought out a larger than anticipated percentage of voters. Preliminary figures show that 21 percent of registered voters in Bedford County cast ballots last Tuesday.

        Voters reelected Sheriff Mike Brown by a margin of 76 percent with 10,225 voters casting ballots to reelect him.   Charles  Stebbins received 24 percent of the vote with 3,160 votes cast in his favor.

  • Name for new Reserve Center will soon be released

        It’s been a long-time coming, but a name for the new Army Reserve Center has been chosen. The Reserve Center is located on U. S. 460, just west of Bedford, in the new Harmony center.
        According to Sergeant First Class (SFC) Jody Martin, who manages the facility, the Reserve usually names a Reserve center in honor of a local soldier who has been killed in a recent conflict. Fortunately, the Bedford area has not lost any Army Reservists in combat in either of the two Iraq wars or in Afghanistan.