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Government

  • Tax bills change for town residents

        Residents of the new town of Bedford will soon be receiving their first tax tickets from Bedford County and the town of Bedford, which will be a change from what they have experienced in the past.
        Real estate in the former city of Bedford was taxed on a fiscal year cycle with the tax year beginning July 1 and ending June 30.  County taxes are on a calendar year cycle, so town residents will receive a tax bill from both the county and the town covering the time period of July 1 – December 31, 2013. 

  • Bedford PD receives national recognition

        The Bedford Police Department has garnered national recognition for its efforts to promote traffic safety in the town.

        On August 27 the Bedford PD was recognized at the 88th annual Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Williamsburg for its traffic safety programs.

  • Council considers firearms hunting in town

        Next Tuesday, Bedford Town Council will consider changing its firearms ordinance to allow some hunting with firearms in the town.
        The proposed ordinance amendment would allow for the discharge of firearms at private firearms ranges approved by the Bedford Police Department or for hunting with shotguns on parcels of at least 5 acres that are not within 100 yards of buildings, dwellings, streets, schools, ponds or public land or public places.

  • Time running out to register to vote

        If you are not already registered to vote, Virginians must apply to register to vote (or update their registration name and current address) no later than October 14 in order to vote in the upcoming Nov. 4 elections.
        If you are currently registered to vote, you do not need to re-register unless you have made a change to your name or address, in which case you need to notify the Registrar in writing.

  • Bedford Moose ask town for money to help with fireworks

        Andy Dooley, chairman of the Bedford Moose Lodge’s fireworks committee, came to Bedford Town Council last week looking for money to put on next year’s display.
        According to Dooley, the Lodge plans to launch them from the National D-Day Memorial and this will raise the cost of the display. Dooley said the fireworks will have to go higher to be visible, and this means bigger shells which, in turn, means that it will cost more.

  • Foreman takes over as Bedford Police Department's new chief

        Todd Foreman always wanted to be in law enforcement.

        More than 18 years ago that desire became reality when he was hired by the Bedford Police Department. He's worked his way up the ranks and last week reached the pinnacle of the department, being appointed as the Chief of Police for the town of Bedford.  
        “I wanted to be able to help people,” Foreman said of his desire for a career in law enforcement.

  • What should be done with Bedford Middle School?

    Have an idea about what should happen to Bedford Middle School once the new middle school is built in the Liberty attendance zone?

    You may be just the person Bedford Town Council is looking to help with that issue.

    Council is seeking area residents who would be interested in serving on an advisory committee to discuss ideas about what to do with BMS once it is vacated by Bedford County Public Schools. The advisory committee will be made up about seven members.

  • Johannessen wants to serve community

        “Several people asked me about it,” said Bruce Johannessen, explaining why he’s running for Bedford Town Council.
        He also believes a citizen owes his community some time and effort.
        “I think serving on Council is part of doing something for the community,” he said.
        This is Johannessen’s first bid for elective office, but he’s no stranger to government. He’s worked for the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) for 43 years.

  • Bedford Moose Lodge seeks county's help for fireworks

        Andy Dooley, chairman of the Bedford Moose Lodge’s fireworks committee, would like some help with next year’s Fourth of July fireworks display. The Moose Lodge has sponsored the last two fireworks displays. Dooley appeared before the Board of Supervisors Monday night.
        Dooley said the Lodge had a meeting after this summer’s fireworks to decide if they were going to continue the displays.
        “We had an overwhelming ‘yes, we’d like to do it',” he said.

  • County appropriates budget

        Bedford County’s supervisors voted 6-0, with District 7 Supervisor Tammy Parker absent, to appropriate the county’s $89.38 million general fund budget for the fiscal year that starts on July 1. The budget’s capital improvement fund includes $800,000 designated for emergency apparatus. It also includes $2 million for water and sewer debt service.