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Government

  • Bedford PD has deer in its crosshairs

        Town Council received reports from various department heads last Tuesday, and the news wasn’t good for deer in town.
        Police Chief Todd Foreman reported that police have harvested 38 deer so far this year. For years the town has had a program through the Bedford PD to help keep  down  the     deer  population in town.

  • Seven apply for council seat

        Seven candidates have filed to fill the vacant seat on Bedford Town Council left by the resignation of Jim Vest.
        The candidates include: Robert D. Carson, Bruce Erik Hartwick, James Leftwich, Jeremy Hamlett, Daniel Lee Kirby, David C. Foster and Reagan P. Flaherty.

  • Time to go to the polls

        Next Tuesday is election day.

        Virginia will elect a new governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. All members of the House of Delegates are up for reelection, but none of the three delegates who represent Bedford County are facing an opponent.
        Locally, the District 2, District 3 and District 4 board of supervisors and school board seats are open. However the only contested races are the District 2 supervisors race and the District 4 school board race.

  • Board wants to rename portion of VA 221 after Putney

        At the end of Monday night’s Bedford County Board of Supervisors meeting came action on the supervisors legislative priorities, their wish list for what they would like to see the coming General Assembly session take action on.

  • Tapping into the sun

        Bedford’s 3-megawatt (MW) solar energy project is on course to be completed and ready for testing the week after Thanksgiving.

        At an event onsite at the solar farm Tuesday, Virginia county officials, business leaders and legislators highlighted the jobs, and economic benefits of clean energy with a tour of the new solar energy facility located on 18-acres of land adjacent to a brownfield in Bedford. 

  • Vest says goodbye

        Last week was Councilman Jim Vest’s last meeting. Vest stepped down from Council because he is moving to Lynchburg. It puts him closer to his grandchildren who live in Altavista. He and his wife share baby siting duty with his grandchildren’s other set of grandparents while the children’s mother works.

  • UDA proposal draws opposition

        A concept for urban development areas (UDA) in the Forest and New London area drew a larger than expected crowd to a meeting at the Forest Library, Thursday night.

         Approximately 100 people, most of whom opposed the plan, filled a room that was too small for a gathering of that size.
        “We want to direct growth,” said Gregg Zody, the county’s director of community development before the meeting.

  • Vest to step down from Town Council

        Jim Vest is resigning from Council,  Town Manager Bart Warner said, Tuesday, in a phone interview.
        According to Warner, Vest and his wife are moving to Lynchburg to be closer to grandchildren. He said Vest will officially resign at Council’s Oct. 10 meeting.
        “Selfishly, I’m sad to see him go,” Warner said.
        Vest was noted for his budgetary expertise on Council.

  • Shentel gets franchise agreement

        Bedford Town Council voted 6-0 to grant Shentel a non-exclusive franchise agreement to provide Internet service in the town. Councilman Stacey Hailey was absent.
        The agreement sets a minimum population density of 30 people per linear mile for service. Town Manager Bart Warner said this won’t be an issue anywhere in Bedford because the town’s population density is between 70 and 100 people per linear mile.

  • Car tax relief increased

        Bedford County’s supervisors, in a called meeting Monday evening, voted 6-0 to increase the county’s car tax relief from 44 percent to 46.5 percent. District 6 Supervisor John Sharp was absent.
        After the vote, the supervisors held a work session in which Deputy County Administrator Reid Wodicka updated them on the progress of county capital improvement projects and a draft copy of guiding principles for capital improvement planning.