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Government

  • Residents oppose proposed ordinance changes

        Two board of supervisors-initiated amendments to the subdivision ordinance and zoning ordinance drew fire from some people at public hearings held by the planning commission last week.
        One area of contention was what Commission Chairman Steve Wilkerson called a “very specific” provision on private streets in subdivisions. It only applies to subdivisions that were in existence prior to 1989 and have an existing private street.

  • Agencies work together in training exercise

        It was just training.
        But it was a chance to be prepared should a real event occur.

        Last Thursday law enforcement officers from the Bedford Police Department, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police joined with workers with Probation and Parole to simulate an abduction and active shooter scenario.

  • Deer kill will be up this year in town program

        The number of deer being killed through the Bedford Police Department’s deer management program in town this year will easily surpass last year’s number. Already this season the department has killed 68, the same amount that was killed for the entire season in 2012.
        “There’s no shortage of deer,” Bedford Police Chief Jim Day said of the effort.
        Through the Department of Agriculture, localities can manage deer herds.

  • Guns in the classroom

        Speakers during the citizen’s comment period at last week’s board of supervisors meeting gave a thumbs up to the supervisors' decision to ask for legislation that would allow school staff to carry guns on school property.

  • Could town get a rail stop?

        Bedford Town Council discussed a couple of items on its wish list last Tuesday, including having rail service stop in Bedford and, for at least some council members, have a new high school built in the Liberty Zone.
        
    Rail service
        With the planned return of rail service to Roanoke, and the success of the Lynchburg passenger service, council would like to see Bedford be considered for a stop since the proposed expansion will pass right through Bedford County and the town.

  • Gov. McAuliffe Taken to VCU Medical Center

    By Benjamin May

    Capital News Service

    RICHMOND – Gov. Terry McAuliffe was admitted to VCU Medical Center on Monday after being thrown from a horse while vacationing with his family in Africa.

  • Talking it out

        With some key funding issues on the menu, the Bedford County School Board and Supervisors met face to face Monday.
        The joint work session had members of both boards seated at tables in a semicircle facing the audience in the supervisors’ meeting chamber.

    New middle school

  • Senior Sneakers

        A batch of pedometers, provided by a Home Instead grant, gave Stewart Saunders an idea.

  • GOP to decide next month on process to select its candidates

        Three candidates for this fall’s board of supervisors elections, Andy Dooley (District 6), Kevin Willis (District 7)  and John Messier (District 5) have said they are seeking the Republican nomination.
         Two of those seats, District 5 and District 7 are held by incumbents who are Republicans. District 5 Supervisor Steve Arrington and District 7 Supervisor Tammy Parker have not yet announced whether they will seek reelection.
        How will the local Republican Party unit make its nominations?

  • First Amendment cries misplaced

    By Mike Forster

        There is a relationship between rights and consequences, although recent events might have you thinking otherwise.
        Two major incidents have pundits screaming about first amendment rights:  the Sony hacking and the Paris massacre.