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Government

  • Tax bills change for town residents

        Residents of the new town of Bedford will soon be receiving their first tax tickets from Bedford County and the town of Bedford, which will be a change from what they have experienced in the past.
        Real estate in the former city of Bedford was taxed on a fiscal year cycle with the tax year beginning July 1 and ending June 30.  County taxes are on a calendar year cycle, so town residents will receive a tax bill from both the county and the town covering the time period of July 1 – December 31, 2013. 

  • Bedford PD receives national recognition

        The Bedford Police Department has garnered national recognition for its efforts to promote traffic safety in the town.

        On August 27 the Bedford PD was recognized at the 88th annual Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Williamsburg for its traffic safety programs.

  • Council considers firearms hunting in town

        Next Tuesday, Bedford Town Council will consider changing its firearms ordinance to allow some hunting with firearms in the town.
        The proposed ordinance amendment would allow for the discharge of firearms at private firearms ranges approved by the Bedford Police Department or for hunting with shotguns on parcels of at least 5 acres that are not within 100 yards of buildings, dwellings, streets, schools, ponds or public land or public places.

  • Tribute to landmark legislator

        A landmark in Richmond’s downtown served as the scene for a tribute to a landmark in Virginia history.

  • Board rejects zoning text amendment

        The Bedford County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted against a text amendment to the zoning ordinance that the board had initiated this past spring.
        The amendment, which would have made outdoor commercial entertainment a use by right at New London Airport and Drag Strip, finally made its way back to the supervisors for a public hearing Monday night. The hearing filled the supervisors meeting chamber with people, all of them opposed. The opponents included Kevin Murray, the owner.

  • Bedford Moose Lodge seeks county's help for fireworks

        Andy Dooley, chairman of the Bedford Moose Lodge’s fireworks committee, would like some help with next year’s Fourth of July fireworks display. The Moose Lodge has sponsored the last two fireworks displays. Dooley appeared before the Board of Supervisors Monday night.
        Dooley said the Lodge had a meeting after this summer’s fireworks to decide if they were going to continue the displays.
        “We had an overwhelming ‘yes, we’d like to do it',” he said.

  • 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.