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Government

  • Town raises penalty for misuse of town’s dumpsters

    Bedford has a law that limits who can dump household refuse in the town’s solid waste containers and what they can dump in them.
        A unanimous vote by Bedford Town Council last week raised the cost of breaking this law. The increase in the fines was prompted by widespread abuse of the town’s public dumpsters by people who are not town residents or who are dumping prohibited items.

  • BPD tries to fill openings

        Currently , staffing at the Bedford Police Department is down by a quarter of its allotted slots and Chief Todd Foreman is hoping to soon fill those positions.
        In all, the department at full force would have 24 officers; currently there are 18, including Foreman.
        “We’re trying to recruit,” Foreman said this week. “We’re having difficulties having good qualified applicants apply.”

  • School budget

        The Bedford County School Board  is scheduled to formally present its budget for the 2015-2016 school year on March 23 to the county supervisors.
        On Monday, the supervisors were reluctant to comment on the budget prior to that presentation, but did question where additional funding would come from if that is eventually requested by the school board.

  • Supervisors endorse Virginia Mountains tourism designation

        Bedford County’s supervisors unanimously approved a resolution Monday endorsing a “Virginia Mountains” regional state tourism marketing designation for the county.
        Jerry Craig, the county’s tourism director, told the supervisors the county is currently in the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s “Central Virginia” marketing region.
        “We are the western-most county in the Central Virginia region,” Craig said.

  • Comp plan moves on to supervisors

        No one showed up for the public hearing last week on the county’s revised comprehensive plan. The revised plan, which the planning commission has been working on since 2013, was unanimously forwarded to the board of supervisors after a revision on the section for parks and rec easements.
        “That sounds like a lot of easements,” commented District 4 Planning Commission member Josiah Tillett after reading the section.

  • Town’s electric rates to increase this month

        Bedford electric customers will see higher electric bills after town council voted 6-1 to raise electric rates by 4 percent at its last meeting.
        Council was to meet this past Tuesday to consider raising penalties for those violating the rules surrounding use of the town’s solid waste container sites.
        “Not a single member of this council enjoys raising rates,” Councilman Jim Vest said of the vote to raise the electric rates.

  • Winter Storm Warning in Effect: Watch for updates

    SALEM DISTRICT:  ROAD CONDITIONS EXPECTED TO WORSEN AS SNOW CHANGES TO FREEZING RAIN THIS AFTERNOON

    Travel not advisable this afternoon and into the evening hours

  • Nance, Babb honored for their work on Harris case

        Two Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney office employees, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance and Investigator Gary Babb, were recently presented with 2016 Law Enforcement Public Service Awards by the United States Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Virginia for their work on the federal prosecution and conviction of a serial sextortionist of teenage girls.

  • County budget passes

        Bedford County now has a budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
        The budget, which calls for $94 million in general fund expenditures, passed on a 4-3 vote with District 1 Supervisor Bill Thomasson, District 4 Supervisor John Sharp, District 5 Supervisor Tommy Scott and Board Chairman Steve Wilkerson voting in favor. District 2 Supervisor Curry Martin, District 6 Supervisor Andy Dooley and District 7 Supervisor Kevin Willis cast the dissenting votes.

  • Fire Chief: Claims not true

        Bedford Fire Chief Brad Creasy said claims that local fire departments didn’t do all that they could to save a home on Montevideo Road last Wednesday are false.
        On April 20 at about 9:58 p.m. the Bedford Fire Department responded to 1972 Montevideo Road for a report of fire at the historic home.