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Government

  • Churches will be exempt from outdoor gathering regulation

        Bedford County’s planning commission looked at a draft ordinance, last week, that will change the way outdoor gatherings are permitted.
        According to Gregg Zody, it will change outdoor gatherings from something that requires a special use permit to something that will be a use by right.
        “Technically, we shouldn’t have them because nobody has come to me for a permit,” Zody said.

  • Council looks at solar power

        Bedford is planning to apply for Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) revenue sharing funds to build some additional sidewalks in town—and is also looking for someone willing to build a solar farm on town property.
        Last Tuesday Wayne Hale, the town’s engineering services manager, briefed Council on areas that need attention.

  • County nursing home celebrates achievement

        Bedford County’s nursing home held an employee appreciation lunch, Thursday. It’s the second year in a row that the home has done that and the reason is that this year marks the second year in a row that the home has passed its annual state inspection with a perfect score.

        “Can you believe that?” commented Toni Pierce, the nursing home’s director.
        Every year, every nursing facility gets a survey by the Virginia Department of Health.

  • Forum showcases council candidates

        The public got a chance, Thursday evening, to hear all five candidates who are vying for the four open seats on Bedford Town Council answer questions.

  • VDOT no longer interested in old Montvale school

        The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has dropped its effort to buy the old Montavle School property.

        The former school site would have been used to replace road maintenance headquarters that VDOT currently operates on Nester Road.
        “We were looking to relocate the Irving Area Headquarters to Montvale,” Jason Bond, a VDOT spokesman said.

  • School Board looks for options on baseball field for LHS

    School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler spoke to Town Council last week, during the work session that preceded the regular 7 p.m meeting,  asking for improvements to the ball field at Liberty Lake Park that would allow the Liberty High School (LHS) baseball team to use it as a practice field.
        Hostutler said that the Liberty Lake ball field is a Plan B option. 
        “The ideal scenario is [for the baseball team] to play the 2017 season at  its current field and the 2018 season at the new field,” he said.

  • Dittmar seeks 5th seat

        Jane Dittmar, the 5th District Democrats’ nominee for the 5th District House of Representatives seat being vacated by Congressman Robert Hurt, stopped by local Democratic headquarters in Bedford, Friday.

  • Nance unopposed for commonwealth’s attorney post

        Wes Nance has been settling into his new seat as commonwealth’s attorney just fine. It appears he should get used to it.
        On July 1, Nance was sworn in to the position to take over for Randy Krantz, who officially left that position on that date to become a 24th General District Court judge.

  • ‘Foul’ move? Board votes to spare dogs that kill poultry

        Dogs that kill poultry will now be treated differently under county code from dogs that kill other types of livestock after a 4-3 vote by the county supervisors Monday night.
        According to County Attorney Patrick Skelley, who presented the text amendments to the supervisors, the county code change will allow courts to impose something other than the death penalty on dogs that kill poultry.

  • Town saves big bucks

        This call was well worth the dime -- or whatever it takes now-a-days to make a call.

        The town of Bedford recently experienced a malfunction of vital equipment at its Snowden hydroelectric plant on the James River.  A component known as a speed increaser failed. 
        And it wasn’t a cheap fix.