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Government

  • 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

  • Local elections not contested so far; deadline was Tues.

    By John Barnhart and Tom Wilmoth
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        It appears, as of press time, that Bedford County’s elections for board of supervisors and school board will be uncontested.

  • Austin is part of 3-way race for 19th House District seat

        “I feel pretty good about it,” Austin said about securing the Republican nomination for the 19th House of Delegates district. He made a particularly strong showing in Botetourt County.

  • Supervisors not interested in joining regional library study

    Bedford County will not be joining Lynchburg and Campbell County in a study to determine what savings a regional library system would bring.

  • Bedford City Council close to adopting budget—for the town

    By Tom Wilmoth and John Barnhart
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        With no residents showing up to speak at a public hearing on the proposed budget for the town of Bedford, which becomes a reality July 1 when the city officially reverts to a town, Bedford City Council is now ready to finalize the community’s first town budget in more than four decades.

  • Local pharmacists actions go beyond filling prescriptions

        The Bedford County Department of Fire and Rescue honored volunteer first responders for their work in the past year during a ceremony last Thursday.

        Firefighters run into burning buildings when everybody else runs out. EMTs and paramedics keep people alive during medical emergencies as they transport them to the hospital. Two of the people honored, however, were not firefighters or rescue squad members—Bruno Andrade and Alex  Lenhart are CVS pharmacists.

  • Board turns down sheriff

        Last week’s supervisors’ meeting began with John Briscoe asking them, during the citizen comment period at the meeting’s beginning, to avoid doing anything that is not revenue neutral.
        Briscoe’s comments were in reference to a request from Sheriff Mike Brown to apply for a federal grant to pay for three school resource officers (SRO) for the county’s elementary schools. Briscoe said that grants like this can increase both the size of the budget and the size of the county’s government.

  • Wilkerson to seek District 3 seat

        “It appears that way,” Steve Wilkerson said, when asked in a phone interview if he is running for the Bedford County Board of Supervisors District 3 seat.
        Yes, he’s running. He’s already turned in his preliminary paperwork to Barbara Gunter, the county’s registrar. He’s also secured the Republican Party’s nod, according to Nate Boyer, the Bedford County Republican Party Chairman.