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Government

  • Polls register good voter turnout

    Turnout was good, especially for a primary. According to Barbara Gunter, the county’s registrar, voter turnout was 4.6 percent by 10 a.m. The Welcome Center precinct had seen 96 voters by 9:30 a.m. and the Bedford Central Library precinct had seen 126 by 10 a.m. Voter turnout at the Liberty High School precinct was 117 by 10:45.

  • Dooley and Willis unseat Pollard and Parker

        Back when Lacey Putney was first elected to the House of Delegates, the winner of the Democratic Primary was also the winner of the November election. Putney was first elected by unseating the incumbent delegate, Charles Green, in a Democratic Party primary in 1961.
        Now, at least in Bedford County, the winner of the Republican primary, is also the winner of the November election.

  • Back to the drawing board on wedding event proposal

        A proposal to amend the county zoning ordinance to make outdoor wedding events a use by right in agricultural zones drew a large number of people, all opposed, to last week’s board of supervisors meeting.
        The outdoor wedding proposal was one of three proposed amendments to the county’s zoning ordinance that Gregg Zody, the county’s community development director, brought before the supervisors.

  • Supervisor, candidates do ride-along with deputies

        Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown invited members of the board of supervisors and supervisor candidates to ride with a deputy on the 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. shift last Thursday to see what the deputies experience.

  • Primary election is Tuesday

        The Republican primary for the party’s nominees for the District 5, 6 and 7 supervisors’ seats is next Tuesday. Six candidates are vying to become the party’s nominee for these three seats.

  • Parker responds

        Tammy Parker, chairman of the Bedford County Board of supervisors, questioned the accuracy of the claims that Gary Hostutler, chairman of the school board, made in an article that appeared in the Bedford Bulletin last week.
        Parker, in an e-mail, accused Hostutler of playing politics and timing the article, less than two weeks before the June 9 Republican primary, to advance a political agenda.

  • Candidates meet the public at Chamber forum

        All six candidates running for the three contested seats on the Bedford County Board of Supervisors in the June 9 Republican Primary spoke at a Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce candidate forum last week.

        No independents have entered the race and everybody is running as a Republican. “Even the Democrats,” Nate Boyer, the Bedford County Republican Party chairman, commented.

  • Town planning commission approves new hospital district

        Bedford’s town planning commission voted 6-0 to recommend creating a new zone, a Health Care Establishment District (HE), at last Thursday’s meeting.
        The new district will consist of the Bedford Memorial Hospital campus plus two adjoining properties.

  • GOP candidates speak to Dems

        It was an unusual event--two Republicans were the guests at a meeting of local Democrats last week.

  • Council raises tax rate 2 cents

        On a 6-1 vote last Tuesday, Bedford Town Council passed a 2 cent tax increase to the real estate tax rate, raising the rate to 32 cents per $100 of valuation.
        The increase means town of Bedford residents will pay a rate of 84 cents for the upcoming fiscal year, with the addition of the county’s tax rate of 52 cents per $100 of valuation added to the town’s rate.
        Still, Bedford Town Manager Charles Kolakowski noted that town residents are paying less than they did when Bedford was still a city.