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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.

  • 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

     

  • CASA overwhelmed by current caseload

        According to Angela Mayfield, the CASA advocate manager for the Bedford area, her office is being overwhelmed.

        CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. These are volunteers who are appointed by the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court judge when cases involving children come before the court. They go to the home, spend time with children and prepare a report that will help the judge determine what’s in the children’s best interest.

  • BRWA moves forward with project

        The Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) held what its director, Brian Key, promised is the first of several public information meetings on a proposed water line plan.

        The plan calls for building a new water treatment plant on the site of the former Camp 24. It would draw 6 million gallons of water out of Smith Mountain Lake, with a potential of being expanded to produce up to 12 million gallons.

  • DCR makes its case for work on Ivy Lake Dam

        Back in 2008, Liberty University (LU) received Ivy Lake—and the Ivy Creek Dam that created the lake—as a gift from the developer who built the subdivision around it.

        Now, the Virginia Department of Conservation Resources (DCR) is telling the university that it must make a major improvement to the dam’s spillway. The estimated cost of the improvement, which includes “armoring” the spillway with concrete, is $3 million.

    LU and DCR