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Government

  • Welcome to the Town of Bedford

        Bedford residents woke up Monday morning to find themselves living in a town.

        The city of Bedford is gone; long live the Town of Bedford.
        The long-anticipated reversion of Bedford to town status took effect at midnight Monday with little notice. A few hours later, however, the city sign in front of the municipal building was replaced to officially mark the day.

  • Martin seeks to break ‘Pharaoh’s Curse’

    People have often joked about a “Pharaoh’s Curse” on people selected by the Bedford County Board of Supervisors to fill an unexpired term on the board. Over the last two decades these people, without fail, have been defeated by a challenger.

  • Chamber holds Town Hall; reversion discussed

        The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Town Hall lunch at Liberty Lake Park last week. The event gives Chamber members a chance to hear from city and county representatives.

        District 2 Supervisor Curry Martin spoke of the high points of the past several months.
        Martin believes appointing a new county administrator was the supervisors most important decision. The county hired Mark Reeter this spring.

  • County will take part in library study

        Bedford County’s supervisors voted at their June 10 meeting not to participate with Lynchburg and Campbell County in a regional library study.
        But that wasn’t the last word,
        Monday night, a change in that decision came because District 3 Supervisor Roger Cheek, who had voted with the majority the last time, reversed course. Cheek was able to have the issue revisited because he voted with the majority at the prior meeting.

  • Turnout very low for primary

        Virginia held a primary last Tuesday to select the Democratic Party’s candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general. The primary was held on June 11.
        You didn’t vote? It seems hardly anybody in Bedford or Bedford County did. According to Bedford County Registrar Barbara Gunter, only 409 votes were cast in the county.
        “That includes absentee ballots,” she said.
        “We had one precinct with zero votes,” she commented.

  • Medlin tries again for 19th House seat

        This will be Lew Medlin’s fourth try at the 19th House of Delegates seat as the Democratic Party’s nominee. Medlin was defeated three times in a row by the incumbent, Delegate Lacey Putney.
        “I had a lot of people come up to me and say, ‘You gotta run,’” Medlin said, explaining why he is giving it another try.
        There is another reason.
        “When I ran the first few times, I knew I wasn’t going to win,” he said.

  • City Council adopts upcoming town budget

        Bedford City Council adopted Bedford’s first town budget in decades last week. The end result will be lower real estate taxes next year for residents currently living in the city of Bedford, once it becomes a town.
        City Council voted, in a 4-3 vote, to provide an additional $5,000 for Bedford Main Street and and $1,000 to the Wharton Foundation.
        “Both of these organizations do a great deal for the community,” said Jim Vest, who had argued in favor of this funding at a late May work session.

  • Krantz testifies at Congressional committee hearing

    Like many communities, Bedford County has had its own issues with illegal immigrants committing repeat offenses, but not being able to deport those offenders.

        Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz took that past experience—and his recommendations for change—to Capitol Hill last week, testifying on immigration reform before a House Judiciary Committee.

  • Herrick retiring as city’s last registrar

    Randi Herrick has presided over 30 elections while serving as Bedford City Registrar.

  • Local elections not contested so far; deadline was Tues.

    By John Barnhart and Tom Wilmoth
    news@bedfordbulletin.com

        It appears, as of press time, that Bedford County’s elections for board of supervisors and school board will be uncontested.