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Government

  • Bedford Police Chief to retire

        Jimmy Carter was president and interest rates on home mortgages were at 21 percent.

        The late ‘70s weren’t a good time to be selling real estate, but that’s what James Day was doing back then. So he started applying for other jobs, including with the Roanoke Police Department.
        He got the job and what started out as an interim job—two or three years until the real estate market came back—became his career.

  • Tipping fee hike postponed
  • Town to assist in feasibility study for Amtrak stop

        The group has a logo, a dream and some proposed plans.
        And now it will have the help of the town of Bedford staff.
        The logo: “I WANT a Train Station in Bedford.”
        The dream: For Amtrak to add Bedford as a stop on its route between Roanoke and Lynchburg, scheduled to begin in 2017.
        The plans: three possible sites for the station in Bedford to be located.

  • Chamber holds town hall meeting

        “I am delighted that we are once again a town,” said Bedford Vice-Mayor Jim Vest, the opening speaker at the town hall meeting. The meeting was held, Thursday, at CVCC’s Bedford facility and sponsored by the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce.
        Vest was speaking of Bedford’s reversion to town status on July 1, 2013. He said that, if Bedford had remained a city, taxes would have escalated to the point where Bedford would not have been competitive with other localities.

  • County appropriates budget

        Bedford County’s supervisors voted 6-0, with District 7 Supervisor Tammy Parker absent, to appropriate the county’s $89.38 million general fund budget for the fiscal year that starts on July 1. The budget’s capital improvement fund includes $800,000 designated for emergency apparatus. It also includes $2 million for water and sewer debt service.

  • National D-Day Memorial to Remain a Private Foundation

    The National D-Day Memorial Foundation is moving forward after news that the National Park Service will not be taking over the monument.  After four years of study, research, and conversations with numerous Park Service officials, the determination has been made that the Memorial does not meet NPS criteria.

  • Boards discuss school options

        Within 60 days, the Bedford County School Board hopes to have a clear direction from the County Board of Supervisors as to how much the board will be willing to ante up to build a new secondary school in the Liberty Zone.
        Whether that school will be a middle school, high school or some hybrid between the two remains to be seen—and it all hinges on how much money the supervisors will be willing to borrow for the construction project.

  • Centra to purchase Carilion's interest in Bedford Memorial

    The Board of Directors of Bedford Memorial Hospital and Oakwood Health and Rehabilitation Center have endorsed a plan to transfer full ownership of the facilities to Centra in 2014.

    Since 2001, the 50-bed community hospital and 111-bed long-term care facility have been co-owned by Centra and Carilion Clinic. Carilion will sell its 50 percent ownership to Centra.

  • Martin breaks 'Pharoah's Curse'

        Bedford County had six local elections this year — three for board of supervisors and three for school board. All six were unopposed elections.

  • Shutdown update: Government Shutdown Forces Closure of BRP Facilities; Virginia State Parks Remain Open